2022 Manitoba Book Awards shortlist

Announcing:

Manitoba Book Awards/Les Prix du livre du Manitoba
2022 Nominees / Candidats 2022

From the official Manitoba Book Awards website: https://manitobabookawards.ca/index.php/2022-2/shortlist-liste-de-preselection/

Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction /
Prix Alexander-Kennedy-Isbister pour les études et essais
Sponsor: Manitoba Arts Council
Dadibaajim: Returning Home Through Narrative by Helen Olsen Agger, published by University of Manitoba Press
Manitobaines engagées par Lise Gaboury-Diallo et Michelle Smith, publié par Les Éditions du Blé
Persephone’s Children: A Life in Fragments by Rowan McCandless, published by Dundurn Press
Returning to Ceremony: Spirituality in Manitoba Métis Communities by Chantal Fiola, published by University of Manitoba Press
We Are All Perfectly Fine: A Memoir of Love, Medicine and Healing by Jillian Horton, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.


Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award /
Prix littéraire Carol-Shields de la ville de Winnipeg
Sponsor: Winnipeg Arts Council, with funding from the City of Winnipeg
Did You See Us? Reunion, Remembrance, and Reclamation at an Urban Indian Residential
School
by Survivors of the Assiniboia Indian Residential School, preface by Theodore Fontaine, edited by Andrew Woolford, published by University of Manitoba Press
Mont Blanc-Winnipeg Express par Seream, publié par Les Éditions du Blé
Mosienko: The Man Who Caught Lightning in a Bottle by Ty Dilello, published by Great Plains
Publications
Scofflaw by Garry Thomas Morse, published by Anvil Press
The Strangers by Katherena Vermette, published by Hamish Hamilton (an imprint of Penguin
Random House Canada)


Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book
Sponsor: The Winnipeg Foundation
Lessons in Fusion by Primrose Madayag Knazan, published by Yellow Dog (an imprint of Great
Plains Publications)
Lost on the Prairie by MaryLou Driedger, published by Heritage House Publishing
Persephone’s Children: A Life in Fragments by Rowan McCandless, published by Dundurn Press
Run As One: My Story by Errol Ranville, published by Great Plains Publications
We Are All Perfectly Fine: A Memoir of Love, Medicine and Healing by Jillian Horton, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.


John Hirsch Emerging Manitoba Writer Award /
Prix John Hirsch de l’écrivain.e émergent.e manitobain.e
Sponsor: Manitoba Foundation for the Arts
Wren Brian
Joanna Graham
Teresa Horosko
Sam K MacKinnon
Chimwemwe Undi


Lansdowne Prize for Poetry / Prix Lansdowne de poésie
Sponsor: The Winnipeg Foundation
Cattail Skyline by Joanne Epp, published by Turnstone Press
L’ivresse fragile de l’aube par Laurent Poliquin, publié par Éditions L’Harmattan
Tablet Fragments by Tamar Rubin, published by Signature Editions
The Lost Cafeteria by Joel Robert Ferguson, published by Signature Editions
The World Is Mostly Sky by Sarah Ens, published by Turnstone Press

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

I. Book Design / Conception de livre
Dadibaajim: Returning Home Through Narrative by Helen Olsen Agger, cover design by Mike
Carroll, interior design by Jess Koroscil, published by University of Manitoba Press
Ex Nihilo by E.D. Blodgett & J. R. Léveillé, cover & interior design by M. C. Joudrey & Matthew
Stevens, published by At Bay Press
Frame by Frame: An Animator’s Journey by Co Hoedeman, cover & interior design by M. C.
Joudrey & Matthew Stevens, published by At Bay Press
Gibbous Moon by Dennis Cooley & Michael Matthews, cover & interior design by M. C. Joudrey
& Matthew Stevens, published by At Bay Press
Spíləx̣m: A Weaving of Recovery, Resilience, and Resurgence by Nicola I. Campbell, cover &
interior art by Carrielynn Victor, interior design by Jennifer Lum, published by HighWater Press
Warehouse Journal Volume Thirty edited by Chelsea Colburn & Teresa Lyons, design by Chelsea Colburn & Teresa Lyons, published by Warehouse Journal, Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba


II. Illustration
Category held over until 2023. / Catégorie suspendue jusqu’en 2023.


III. Children’s Illustration/ Illustration de livres pour enfants
Jigging for Halibut With Tsinii by Sara Florence Davidson & Robert Davidson, illustrations &
cover art by Janine Gibbons, design by Jennifer Lum, map by John Broadhead, published by
HighWater Press
Molly’s Magic Door by Kirstin Link, illustrations & design by Jason Doll, published by Peanut
Butter Press
The Wolf Mother by Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson), illustrations & cover art by Natasha
Donovan, design by Relish New Brand Experience, published by HighWater Press
We Dream Medicine Dreams written & illustrated by Lisa Boivin, design by Jennifer Lum,
published by HighWater Press
You Came From My Heart by Brenlee Coates, illustrations & design by Roberta Landreth,
published by FriesenPress


Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction
Sponsor: Manitoba Arts Council
Hour of the Crab by Patricia Robertson, published by Goose Lane Editions
Prodigies by Bob Armstrong, published by Five Star (an imprint of Gale, a Cengage Company)
So Many Windings by Catherine Macdonald, published by At Bay Press
Status Update by George Toles & Cliff Eyland, published by At Bay Press
The Strangers by Katherena Vermette, published by Hamish Hamilton (an imprint of Penguin
Random House Canada)


Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher /
Prix Mary-Scorer pour le meilleur livre par un éditeur du Manitoba
Sponsor: Friesens Corporation
Coming to Canada by Starkie Mak, design by M.C. Joudrey & Matthew Stevens, published by At Bay Press
Did You See Us? Reunion, Remembrance, and Reclamation at an Urban Indian Residential
School
by Survivors of the Assiniboia Indian Residential School, preface by Theodore Fontaine, edited by Andrew Woolford, design by Vincent Design, published by University of Manitoba Press
Double Wahala, Double Trouble by Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike, cover design by Fred
Martins, interior design by Rachelle Painchaud-Nash, published by Griots Lounge Publishing
Canada
Jigging for Halibut With Tsinii by Sara Florence Davidson & Robert Davidson, illustrations &
cover art by Janine Gibbons, design by Jennifer Lum, map by John Broadhead, published by
HighWater Press
Spíləx̣m: A Weaving of Recovery, Resilience, and Resurgence by Nicola I. Campbell, cover &
interior art by Carrielynn Victor, interior design by Jennifer Lum, published by HighWater Press
The Frog Mother by Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson), illustrations & cover art by Natasha
Donovan, design by Relish New Brand Experience, published by HighWater Press


Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction
Sponsor: Manitoba Writers’ Guild, Winnipeg International Writers Festival
Alternate Plains: Stories of Prairie Speculative Fiction edited by Darren Ridgley & Adam Petrash, published by Great Plains Publications
Manistique by Craig Terlson, published by Ethelbert House
Prodigies by Bob Armstrong, published by Five Star (an imprint of Gale, a Cengage Company)
So Many Windings by Catherine Macdonald, published by At Bay Press
The Unpleasantness at the Battle of Thornford: A Father Christmas Mystery by C.C. Benison,
published by At Bay Press


McNally Robinson Book for Young People (Younger Category)
Sponsor: McNally Robinson Booksellers
Glory On Ice: A Vampire Hockey Story by Maureen Fergus, published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers (an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada)
I Sang You Down from the Stars by Tasha Spillett-Sumner, published by Owlkids Books
T. Rexes Can’t Tie Their Shoes by Anna Lazowski, published by Doubleday Books for Young
Readers (an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada)
The Eagle Mother by Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson), published by HighWater Press

McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award
Sponsor: McNally Robinson Booksellers
Gibbous Moon by Dennis Cooley & Michael Matthews, published by At Bay Press
Life in the City of Dirty Water by Clayton Thomas-Muller, published by Allen Lane Canada (an
imprint of Penguin Random House Canada)
Out of Mind by David Bergen, published by Goose Lane Editions
Searching for Signal by Lori Cayer, published by Signature Editions
The Strangers by Katherena Vermette, published by Hamish Hamilton Canada (an imprint of
Penguin Random House Canada)
We Are All Perfectly Fine: A Memoir of Love, Medicine and Healing by Jillian Horton, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

Congratulations on making the shortlist and best of luck to all nominees!

Stay tuned. Winners will be announced on June 9, 2022.