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  • October 13, 2016

    MWG Website Under Revision


    The website for the Manitoba Writers’ Guild

    is now under revision.

    Please check back for updated information

    on programs and events!

  • May 1, 2016

    Manitoba Book Awards Recipients


    Congratulations to all the recipients of the 2016 Manitoba Book Awards:



    Lansdowne Prize for Poetry | Prix Lansdowne de poésie


    Niche by Basma Kavanagh, published by Frontenac House Poetry




    The Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Award(s) |

    Prix Manuela-Dias de conception graphique et d’illustration en édition


    Design Category :

    The Land We Are: Artists & Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation, edited by Gabrielle L’Hirondelle-Hill and Sophie McCall, cover design by Sébastien Aubin, interior design by Relish New Brand Experience, published by ARP Books


    General Illustration Category :

    Warehouse Journal Volume 24, edited and cover design by Amanda Austin and Ainsley Johnston, published by University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture


    Children’s Illustration Category:

    Alexia Wants to Fly by Talia Pura, illustrated by Wai Tien, published by Lily Star Press




    Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher

    Prix Mary-Scorer pour le meilleur livre par un éditeur du Manitoba


    Life Among the Qallunaat by Mini Aodla Freeman, edited and with an afterword by Keavy Martin and Julie Rak, with Norma Dunning, cover design by Mike Carroll, interior design by Jess Koroscil, published by University of Manitoba Press




    Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction


    Nightwatching by Méira Cook, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.




    Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction

    Prix Alexander-Kennedy-Isbister pour les études et les essais


    Letters to Brian: A Year of Living and Remembrance by Martha Brooks, published by Turnstone Press




    Award for Lifetime Achievement


    Morley Walker




    Beatrice Mosionier Award for Aboriginal Writer of the Year Award

    Prix Beatrice-Mosionier pour l’écrivain.e autochtone de l’année


    Second place recipients:

    Roland Vandal

    David Alexander Robertson


    And the first place recipient is:

    Chantal Fiola




    Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award

    Prix littéraire Carol-Shields de la ville de Winnipeg


    Winnipeg Cooks: Signature Recipes from the City’s Top Chefs by Robin Summerfield, published by Figure 1 Publishing







    Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book


    Street Sex Work and Canadian Cities: Resisting a Dangerous Order by Shawna Ferris, published by the University of Alberta Press




    McNally Robinson Books for Young People Awards (younger)


    Fur Is Only Fur Deep by Julia Schettler, illustrated by Sarah Neville, published by Peasantry Press




    McNally Robinson Books for Young People Awards (older)


    Forever Julia by Jodi Carmichael, published by Great Plains Teen Fiction, an imprint of Great Plains Publications




    Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction


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




    John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer

    Prix John-Hirsch pour L’écrivain.e manitobain le plus prometteur


    Chantal Fiola




    McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award


    The Reason You Walk by Wab Kinew, published by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Canada Books Inc.