Manitoba Book Awards Shortlists Announced

It’s that time of year again! The Manitoba Book Awards will be April 17th at the Centre culturel franco-manitobain (CCFM), 340, boulevard Provencher.

And the nominees are…

McNally Robinson Book of the Year
A Cycle of the Moon by Uma Parameswaran, published by TSAR Publications
Curiosity by Joan Thomas, published by McClelland and Stewart Ltd.
Out of Grief, Singing: A Memoir of Motherhood and Loss by Charlene Diehl, published by Signature Editions
This Hidden Thing by Dora Dueck, published by CMU Press
Walking to Mojâcar by Di Brandt, published by Turnstone Press

Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction
Andy De Jarlis: The Life and Music of an Old-Time Fiddler by Joe MacIntosh, published by Great Plains Publications
Out of Grief, Singing: A Memoir of Motherhood and Loss by Charlene Diehl, published by Signature Editions
When the Other Is Me by Emma LaRocque, published by University of Manitoba Press
Winnipeg’s Great War: A city Comes of Age by Jim Blanchard, published by University of Manitoba Press

Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry/Prix Lansdowne de poésie
Attenuations of Force by Lori Cayer, published by Frontenac House
Clockfire by Jonathan Ball, published by Coach House Books
Hump by Ariel Gordon, published by Palimpsest Press

Best Illustrated Book of the Year
The Imagination Manifesto – Book Two by G.M.B. Chomichuk, with James Rewucki and John Toone, cover design and illustrations by G.M.B. Chomichuk, published by Alchemical Press Ltd.
The Mosaic Village: An Illustrated History of Winnipeg’s North End by Russ Gourluck, cover design by Relish Design Studio, published by Great Plains Publications
Nanabosho and the Butterflies by Joe McLellan and Matrine McLellan, illustrated by Jackie Traverse, design by Relish Design Studio, published by Pemmican Publications
Winnipeg Art Gallery: Guide to the Collections edited by Stephen Borys, design by Lisa Friesen, photography by Ernest Mayer, published by Winnipeg Art Gallery

Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award
A Criminal to Remember by Michael Van Rooy published by Turnstone Press
Baldur’s Song by David Arnason published by Turnstone Press
The Matter with Morris by David Bergen published by Harper Collins
Winnipeg Art Gallery: Guide to the Collections published by the Winnipeg Art Gallery
Winnipeg’s Great War: A city Comes of Age by Jim Blanchard published by University of Manitoba Press

Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book
Black Bottle Man by Craig Russell, published by Great Plains Teen Fiction
Broken Circle: The Dark Legacy of Indian Residential Schools by Theodore Fontaine, published by Heritage House Publishing
Gaze by Keith Cadieux, published by Quattro Books
High Speed Crow by Sheila McClarty, published by Oberon Press
Hump by Ariel Gordon, published by Palimpsest Press

John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer
Michelle Elrick
Ken Kowal
Kerry Ryan

Manuela Dias Book Design of the Year
A Dog’s Breakfast: A Chef’s Guide to Healthy Home Cooking for Your Favorite Pooch by Jess Young, design by Relish Design Studio, published by Great Plains Publications Maple Leaf Rag by Kaie Kellough, cover design by Branden Douglas, design by Relish design Studio, published by Arbeiter Ring Publishing
Winnipeg Art Gallery: Guide to the Collections edited by Stephen Borys, design by Lisa Friesen, photography by Ernest Mayer, published by the Winnipeg Art Gallery

The Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction
Autumn, One Spring by Patti Grayson, published by Turnstone Press
Baldur’s Song by David Arnason, published by Turnstone Press
Curiosity by Joan Thomas, published by McClelland & Stewart
The Matter with Morris by David Bergen, published by Harper Collins
This Hidden Thing by Dora Dueck, published by CMU Press

Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher
Autumn, One Spring by Patti Grayson, published by Turnstone Press
I Still Don’t Even Know You by Michelle Berry, published by Turnstone Press
Walking to Mojâcar by Di Brandt, published by Turnstone Press
Winnipeg’s Great War: A city Comes of Age by Jim Blanchard, published by the University of Manitoba Press

McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award – Older Category
Black Bottle Man by Craig Russell, published by Great Plains Teen Fiction
Ortega by Maureen Fergus, published by Kids Can Press
Queen of Hearts by Martha Brooks, published by Groundwood Books
Winter Shadows by Margaret Buffie, published by Tundra Books

Le Prix littéraire Rue-Deschambault
L’arbre aux cœurs, texte: France Adams, illustrations: Serge Salvador, Les Éditions des Plaines
La belle ordure par Simone Chaput, Les Éditions du Blé
La forêt du langage par Jean Chicoine, Les Éditions du Blé
Lointaines: nouvelles par Lise Gaboury-Diallo, Les Éditions du Blé

The administrators of the Manitoba Book Awards gratefully acknowledge the support of the following Book Awards partners: Aqua Books, the Canada Council for the Arts Friesens, the Manitoba Arts Council, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, McNally Robinson Booksellers, the Winnipeg Arts Council, and the The Winnipeg Foundation.

The full shortlist will also be available at: http://www.mbwriter.mb.ca.

The Manitoba Book Awards: http://www.bookpublishers.mb.ca/mba/

 

I hope to see some of the Collective out to this annual celebration. The awards are looking to be great this year as the nominees are all really spectacular. I just wish Michael had been here to see his nomination.

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