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  • April 15, 2015

    Roar Back to the 20’s at the 2015 Manitoba Book Awards!

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  • 2015 Manitoba Book Awards Shortlists

    The Shortlists Are In!

     

    The Manitoba Writers’ Guild and the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers are proud to announce the shortlists for the 2015 Manitoba Book Awards (MBA)! We are especially excited to share the nominees for two brand new additions to the MBA: the Beatrice Mosionier Aboriginal Writer of the Year Award, and the Chris Johnson Award for Best Play by a Manitoba Playwright.

    The Beatrice Mosionier Aboriginal Writer of the Year Award, sponsored by the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Cultures at the University of Manitoba, will be awarded annually, and the Chris Johnson Award for Best Play by a Manitoba Playwright, sponsored by the Manitoba Association of Playwrights (MAP) and Winnipeg theatres, will be awarded every two years. Both awards will be presented for the first time at the 2015 Gala.

    This year, we will also be presenting Le Prix littéraire Rue-Deschambault, which is presented biennially for the best French book written by a Manitoba writer.

     

    La Manitoba Writers’ Guild et l’ Association of Manitoba Book Publishers ont le plaisir d’annoncer les listes des candidats pour Les Prix du livre du Manitoba 2015. Ces  prix honorent des livres publiés dans l’année 2014 (pour les prix annuels) et des livres publiés en 2013/2014 (pour les prix biennals).

    Des nouvelles intéressante cette année – deux nouveaux prix  : le Chris Johnson Prix de la Meilleure pièce par un dramaturge manitobain (anglais et francais) et le Prix Beatrice-Mosionier pour l’écrivain.e autochtone de l’année (langues autochtones/français/anglais).  Le Prix Beatrice-Mosionier, commandé par le Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Cultures de l’Université du Manitoba, est  annuel, et le Chris Johnson Prix de la Meilleure pièce par un dramaturge manitobain, commandé par La Manitoba Association of Playwrights (MAP) et les théâtres de Winnipeg, est biennal. Les deux seront décernés pour la premiere fois cette année au gala en 2015.

    Le Manitoba est la seule province au Canada à accepter les soumissions pour le même prix en français et en anglais (en 9 catégories), et cette caractéristique unique est maintenant étendu à deux prix pour inclure des langues autochtones !

    Cette année, nous présenterons également Le Prix littéraire Rue-Deschambault, qui est présenté bi-ennal pour le meilleur livre français écrit par un écrivain du Manitoba en 2013 ou 2014 .  L’écrivain gagnant recevra un prix monétaire de 3 500 $.

    Chaque année Les Prix du livre du Manitoba rend hommage au talent et aux réalisations des écrivains, graphistes, et éditeurs dans tout le Manitba. La soirée de remise cette année aura lieu à l’Hôtel Marlborough le samedi 25 Avril 2015. Cette soirée  est ouverte au public et l’entrée est gratuite, mais les invités doivent confirmer leur présence au préalable (voir coordonnées ci-dessous).

    Veuillez trouver ci-joint une liste complète des candidats présélectionnés pour chaque prix, ainsi que la liste des commanditaires pour les Prix du livre du Manitoba.

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    Here are this year’s shortlisted nominees:

     

    Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction/ Prix Alexander-Kennedy-Isbister pour les études et essais

     

    Detachment: An Adoption Memoir by Maurice Mierau, published by Freehand Books

     

    Indigenous Women, Work, and History: 1940–1980 by Mary Jane Logan McCallum, published by University of Manitoba Press

     

    The Patriotic Consensus: Unity, Morale, and the Second World War in Winnipeg by Jody Perrun, published by University of Manitoba Press

     

    The Showman and the The Ukrainian Cause: Folk Dance, Film, and the Life of Vasile Avramenko by Orest T. Martynowych, published by University of Manitoba Press

     

    Toronto: Biography of a City by Allan Levine, published by Douglas & McIntyre

     

    Beatrice Mosionier Aboriginal Writer of the Year Award / Prix Beatrice-Mosionier pour l’écrivain/e autochtone de l’année

     

    Deborah L. Delaronde

     

    David Alexander Robertson

     

    Katherena Vermette

    Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award/ Prix littéraire Carol-Shields de la ville de Winnipeg

     

    Barker by Wayne Tefs, published by Turnstone Press

     

    John Paizs’s Crime Wave by Jonathan Ball, published by University of Toronto Press

     

    The Opening Sky by Joan Thomas, published by McClelland & Stewart

     

    The Patriotic Consensus: Unity, Morale, and the Second World War in Winnipeg by Jody Perrun, published by University of Manitoba Press

     

    Put on the Armour of Light by Catherine Macdonald, published by Dundurn Press

     

    The Chris Johnson Award for Best Play by a Manitoba Playwright / Prix Chris-Johnson pour la meilleure pièce par un dramaturge manitobain

     

    Fort Mac, by Marc Prescott, published by Les Éditions du Blé, Winnipeg

     

    Sargent & Victor & Me by Deborah Patterson, produced by Theatre Projects Manitoba

     

    The Miser of Middlegate by Carolyn Gray, published by Scirocco Drama, an imprint of J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing

     

    The Secret Mask by Rick Chafe, published by Playwrights Canada Press, Toronto

     

    Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book

     

    Indigenous Women, Work, and History by Mary Jane Logan McCallum, published by University of Manitoba Press

     

    Magpie Days by Brenda Sciberras, published by Turnstone Press

     

    The Patriotic Consensus by Jody Perrun, published by University of Manitoba Press

     

    What Lies Behind by Luann Hiebert, published by Turnstone Press

     

    John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer / Prix John-Hirsch pour l’écrivain manitobain le plus prometteur

     

    MC Joudrey

     

    David Alexander Robertson

     

    Brenda Sciberras

     

     

    Lansdowne Prize for Poetry / Prix Lansdowne de poésie

     

    De l’amuïssement des certitudes by Laurent Poliquin, published by Jacques André Editeur

     

    In the Tiger Park by Alison Calder, published by Coteau Books

     

    Stowaways by Ariel Gordon, published by Palimpsest Press

     

    What Lies Behind by Luann Hiebert, published by Turnstone Press

     

     

    Le Prix littéraire Rue-Deschambault

     

    Confessions sans pénitence par Lise Gaboury-Diallo avec illustrations de Denis Devigne, publié par Les Éditions du Blé

     

    De l’amuïssement des certitudes par Laurent Poliquin, publié par Jacques André éditeur

     

    Jean Riel, fils de Louis Riel : sous une mauvaise étoile par Annette Saint-Pierre, publié par Les Éditions du Blé

     

    soubresauts par Charles Leblanc, publié par Les Éditions du Blé

     

    Un vent prodigue par Simone Chaput, publié par Leméac

     

     

    Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Awards/ Prix Manuela-Dias de conception graphique et d’illustration en édition

    Design Category (emphasis on cover design and typography):

     

    Devil in Deerskins: My Life with Grey Owl by Anahareo, edited and with an afterword by Sophie McCall, published by University of Manitoba Press, cover design by Mike Carroll, interior design by Jessica Koroscil

     

    Kraken Bake: An Epikurean Epic by Karen Dudley, published by Ravenstone, an imprint of Turnstone Press, cover and interior design by Jamis Paulson

     

    Text Me / Dimmelo per SMS by Corrado Calabrò, translated by Genni Gunn, published by Signature Editions, cover and interior design by Terry Gallagher of Doowah Design

     

    Children’s Books/Graphic Novels Category:

     

    Cassie and Tonk, created and illustrated by Justin Currie, written by GMB Chomichuk, robotic reference by Will Liddle, published by Chasing Artwork

     

    The Chair by the Side of the Road
by Adrian Hawaleshka, self-published/Friesen Press, illustrated by Natasha Boone

     

    The Peacemaker: Thanadelthur (Tales from Big Spirit Series)
by David Alexander Robertson, published by HighWater Press (an imprint of Portage & Main Press), design by Relish New Brand Experience, illustrated by Wai Tien

     

    General Illustration Category:

     

    City Beautiful: How Architecture Shaped Winnipeg’s DNA by Randy Turner, art director Gordon Preece, published by the Winnipeg Free Press

     

    Exploring Old Highway No. 1 West: Canada’s Route 66 by J. Clark Saunders, design by Bergdís Sigurðardóttir, maps by Dawn Huck, published by Heartland Associates

     

    Warehouse Journal Volume 23, edited and designed by Liane Lanzar and Kevin Complido, published by University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture

     

     

    Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction

     

    Blue Vengeance by Alison Preston, published by Signature Editions

     

    The Evolution of Alice by David A. Robertson, published by HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage & Main Press

     

    Kraken Bake: An Epikurean Epic by Karen Dudley, published by Ravenstone, an imprint of Turnstone Press

     

    Leaving Tomorrow by David Bergen, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

     

    Mr. Jones by Margaret Sweatman, published by Goose Lane Editions

     

    The Opening Sky by Joan Thomas, published by McClelland & Stewart

     

    Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher/ Prix Mary-Scorer pour le meilleur livre par un éditeur du Manitoba

     

    Boy Lost in Wild by Brenda Hasiuk, published by Turnstone Press

     

    Kraken Bake: An Epikurean Epic by Karen Dudley, published by Ravenstone, an imprint of Turnstone Press

     

    Jean Riel, fils de Louis Riel : sous une mauvaise étoile par Annette Saint-Pierre, publié par Les Éditions du Blé

     

    Sanaaq: An Inuit Novel by Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk, transliterated and translated by Bernard Saladin d’Anglure, translated from French by Peter Frost, published by University of Manitoba Press

     

    The Winter We Danced: Voices from the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement, edited by The Kino-nda-niimi Collective, published by ARP Books

     

     

    McNally Robinson Books for Young People Awards

     

    Younger category

     

    The Chair by the Side of the Road by Adrian Hawaleshka, self-published/Friesen Press

     

    The Firewalker by Shezza Ansloos, published by Pemmican Publications

     

    Hokey Dowa Gerda and the Snowflake Girl by M.J. Matheson, published by Peanut Butter Press

     

    Mr. Jacobson’s Window by Deborah Froese, published by Peanut Butter Press

     

    Princess by Dennis Fast, published by Heartland Associates

     

    Older category

     

    Empty Cup by Suzanne Costigan, published by Rebelight Publishing

     

    Missing in Paradise by Larry Verstraete, published by Rebelight Publishing

     

    Tucson Jo by Carol Matas, published by Fictive Press

     

    The World Outside by Eva Wiseman, published by Tundra Books

     

    Your Constant Star by Brenda Hasiuk, published by Orca Book Publishers

     

     

    McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award

     

    Detachment by Maurice Mierau, published by Freehand Books

     

    Leaving Tomorrow by David Bergen, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

     

    Mr. Jones by Margaret Sweatman, published by Goose Lane Editions

     

    The Opening Sky by Joan Thomas, published by McClelland & Stewart

     

    Toronto by Allan Levine, published by Douglas & McIntyre

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    We would also like to extend a huge Thank You to our 2015 Sponsors/La Manitoba Writers’ Guild remercie les commanditaires de cette année:

    Brandon University, Drama Department

    Canada Council for the Arts/Le Conseil des arts du Canada

    Friesens

    Manitoba Arts Council/Le Conseil des Arts du Manitoba

    Manitoba Assoication of Playwrights

    Manitoba Foundation for the Arts

    McNally Robinson Booksellers

    Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair and Warren Cariou/Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair et Warren Cariou

    Prairie Theatre Exchange

    Province of Manitoba, Department of Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection/ par le ministère du Tourisme, Culture, Patrimoine, Sport et Protection du consommateur Manitoba

    Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

    Sarasvati Productions

    The Winnipeg Arts Council/Le Conseil des arts de Winnipeg

    Theatre Projects Manitoba

    University of Manitoba, Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Cultures/Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Cultures de l’Université du Manitoba

  • March 25, 2015

    Join us Sunday, March 29!

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  • March 18, 2015

    Coming Soon: 2015 Manitoba Book Awards Shortlists!

    We are now only five weeks away from the Manitoba Book Awards and are excitedly planning what is sure to be an incredible evening! This year’s event takes place at a new location, the Skyview Ballroom at the Marlborough Hotel, which has special meaning to us as it’s where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stayed on his visit to Winnipeg in 1923. As such, we have decided to have some fun with a theme for this year’s event: the 1920’s! Dress in your vintage best as we share in delicious drinks, savoury snacks & compelling conversation while we celebrate the work of our talented friends and colleagues.

    We are especially excited as this year we introduce two new awards: The Beatrice Moisionier Aboriginal Writer of the Year Award and the Chris Johnson Award for Best Play by a Manitoba Playwright. We are thrilled that we were able to add these two new awards to the repertoire, which allows us to recognize even more Manitoba talent in our literary community.

    This is an event you don’t want to miss! All are invited (you do not have to be a Manitoba Writer’s Guild Member to attend) and the event is free! Invites will go out by the end of the month to our members and nominees. For more information, please contact Rhiannon Maskiw-Connelly, Event Coordinator at events@mbwriter.mb.ca or 204.990.4182.

    Anxious to know who is up for an award? We won’t keep you waiting much longer! As always, it was a tough process with so many talented writers, publishers and books to choose from, but our jurors have narrowed it down to a few per category and the shortlists for each award will be ready early next week.  We will be announcing the shortlists for each award Friday, March 27th! Keep your eyes peeled for this special announcement!

  • March 12, 2015

    Upcoming Events!

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  • October 21, 2014

    2015 Manitoba Book Awards

     

    2015 Manitoba Book Awards: For those ready to submit, updated submission forms will be ready late next week. Regular submissions will be accepted throughout November, with late season submissions until early January.

     

  • October 20, 2014

    Kenneth Oppel & Colleen Nelson IN DIALOGUE — WALK UPS WELCOME

    In Dialogue Oppel Nelson 2014