A great day for writers

 While a writer’s life is usually solitary, either sitting at a table with paper and pencil or tapping away at a typewriter or computer, this time of COVID-19 has us isolated from friends and family, too. So, it is with great pleasure that I share this news from the Manitoba Book Awards Committee:

ENGLISH

(Winnipeg, MB) – On behalf of the coalition producing the 2020 Manitoba Book Awards/Les Prix du livre du Manitoba, we are excited to share the shortlists for 11 separate awards recognizing excellence in Manitoba writing, book design, and publishing. Congratulations to all the nominees!

As the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic weigh down upon us, we’re seeing artists reach out online to keep us grounded and to lift our spirits. It’s our turn to repay that favour.

Starting today, we will be spotlighting and celebrating these terrific local books—and the writers, publishers, and designers who make them happen—on our social media channels (FB: Manitoba Book Awards, Insta: @mbbookawards). Please connect with us there, then amplify those posts and create some of your own.

The pandemic means we will have to forego the gala celebration scheduled for Friday, May 15, but we will announce the winners of all the awards via media release and social media that day at 10:00am.

(Reminder: All titles are available through McNally Robinson Booksellers, who continue to provide both delivery and curb-side pickup.)

PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR DETAILS ON ALL ELEVEN AWARDS.

The Manitoba Book Awards/Les Prix du livre du Manitoba coalition—Association of Manitoba Book Publishers, Manitoba Writers Guild, Winnipeg International Writers Festival, and Winnipeg Public Library—is grateful to the award sponsors for their on-going support:
·       Friesens Corporation
·       Manitoba Arts Council
·       Manitoba Foundation for the Arts
·       McNally Robinson Booksellers
·       Prairie Fire Press
·       Winnipeg Arts Council, with funding from the City of Winnipeg
·       The Winnipeg Foundation
·       Winnipeg International Writers Festival
 

FRENCH

De la part de la coalition qui produit Les Prix du livre du Manitoba/Manitoba Book Awards 2020, nous sommes ravis de partager la présélection pour les 11 prix distincts reconnaissant l’excellence dans l’écriture manitobaine, la mise en page et l’édition. Félicitations à tous les finalistes!

Alors que les défis de la pandémie de COVID-19 pèsent sur nous, nous sommes émus par le déploiement d’initiatives en ligne menées par des artistes pour nous aider à maintenir le calme et le moral. C’est maintenant à nous de leur rendre la pareille.

À partir d’aujourd’hui, nous mettrons en vedette et nous célébrerons ces livres locaux magnifiques, et les auteures, auteurs, éditrices, éditeurs, conceptrices et concepteurs qui les produisent dans nos réseaux sociaux (FB: Manitoba Book Awards, Insta: @mbbookawards). Veuillez-vous brancher, amplifier ces publications et en créer vos propres.

La pandémie nous pousse à renoncer à la célébration gala prévue pour le vendredi 15 mai, mais nous annoncerons les lauréates et lauréats de chacun des onze prix via un communiqué de presse et nos réseaux sociaux ce jour-là à 10h.

(Rappel: Tous les titres sont disponibles chez McNally Robinson Booksellers, qui continue d’offrir un service de livraison et de collecte à la porte du magasin.)

POUR UNE LISTE DES CANDIDATS SUR LES ONZE PRIX, VEUILLEZ DÉFILER VERS LE BAS.

La coalition Manitoba Book Awards/Les Prix du livre du Manitoba—Association of Manitoba Book Publishers, Manitoba Writers Guild, Winnipeg International Writers Festival et La Bibliothèque publique de Winnipeg—sont reconnaissants envers les commanditaires des prix de la coalition Manitoba Book Awards/Les Prix du livre du Manitoba pour leur soutien continu :
·       Friesens Corporation
·       Manitoba Arts Council
·       Manitoba Foundation for the Arts
·       McNally Robinson Booksellers
·       Prairie Fire Press
·       Winnipeg Arts Council, avec des financements de City of Winnipeg
·       The Winnipeg Foundation
·       Winnipeg International Writers Festival

For more information on the Manitoba Book Awards/Les Prix du livre du Manitoba:

Social media: Manitoba Book Awards / @mbbookawards
Website: manitobabookawards.com / thinairwinnipeg.ca
Email: Director@thinairwinnipeg.ca – Charlene Diehl, project co-leader

And now for the list of nominees:

 

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

Don Proch: Masking and Mapping by Patricia Bovey, published by University of Manitoba Press

Friends, Foes, and Furs: George Nelson’s Lake Winnipeg Journals, 1804–1822, edited by Harry W. Duckworth, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press

Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related., by Jenny Heijun Wills, published by McClelland & Stewart

Radical Housewives: Price Wars and Food Politics in Mid-Twentieth-Century Canada, by Julie Guard, published by University of Toronto Press

Radical Medicine: The International Origins of Socialized Health Care in Canada by Esyllt W. Jones, published by ARP Books

 

Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award / Prix Littéraire Carol-Shields De La Ville De Winnipeg

All That Belongs by Dora Dueck, published by Turnstone Press

Communal Solidarity: Immigration, Settlement, and Social Welfare in Winnipeg’s Jewish Community, 1882–1930 by Arthur Ross, published by University of Manitoba Press

Perception: A Photo Series by KC Adams, published by HighWater Press (an Imprint of Portage & Main Press)

The North-West Is Our Mother: The Story of Louis Riel’s People, the Métis Nation, by Jean Teillet, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

Treed: Walking in Canada’s Urban Forests by Ariel Gordon, published by Wolsak and Wynn Publishers

 

Eileen Mctavish Sykes Award for First Book

The Accidental Veterinarian: Tales from a Pet Practice by Philipp Schott, published by ECW Press

Even that Wildest Hope by Seyward Goodhand, published by Invisible Publishing

Moon Was a Feather by Scott Nolan, published by The Muses’ Company, an imprint of J. Gordon Shillingford Publishers

Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related., by Jenny Heijun Wills, published by McClelland & Stewart

Perception: A Photo Series by KC Adams, published by HighWater Press (an Imprint of Portage & Main Press)

 

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

Lauren Carter

Christopher Ducharme

JH Moncrieff

 

Lansdowne Prize for Poetry / Prix Lansdowne de poésie

Adagio for the Horizon by Laurelyn Whitt, published by Signature Editions

Mrs. Romanov by Lori Cayer, published by The Porcupine’s Quill

Pressure Cooker Love Bomb by Sharanpal Ruprai, published by Frontenac House Ltd.

St. Boniface Elegies by Catherine Hunter, published by Signature Editions

 

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

  1. Book Design / Conception de livre

Carnet brûlé (du monde qui crie) par Marilyne Busque-Dubois, maquette de couverture et mise en page par Urbanink, publié par Les Éditions du Blé

Fanonymous by M.C. Joudrey, illustrations, cover and interior design by M. C. Joudrey and Matthew Stevens, published by At Bay Press

Romans/Snowmare by Cam Scott, cover and interior design by LOKI, published by ARP Books

What Fox Knew by Mary Barnes, cover art by M. C. Joudrey, cover and interior design by M. C. Joudrey and Matthew Stevens, published by At Bay Press

  1. Children’s Illustrated Category / Illustration de livres pour enfant

123 Count with Me: Exploring Nature with Numbers by Jessie Thiessen, illustrations and design by Jessie Thiessen, published by Small Jane

Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock by Dallas Hunt, illustrations and cover design by Amanda Strong, interior design by Relish New Brand Experience, published by HighWater Press (an Imprint of Portage & Main Press)

The Grizzly Mother (Book Two, Mother of Xsan) by Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson), illustrations and cover art by Natasha Donovan, cover and interior design Relish New Brand Experience, published by HighWater Press (an Imprint of Portage & Main Press)

  • General Illustration / Illustration et iconographie

Don Proch: Masking and Mapping by Patricia Bovey, cover and interior design by Frank Reimer, published by University of Manitoba Press

Place into Being by Robert Pasternak, illustrations and cover art by Robert Pasternak, cover and interior design by M. C. Joudrey and Matt Stevens, published by At Bay Press

Portraits of the Far North by Gerald Kuehl, art by Gerald Kuehl, design by Dave Maddocks, published by Vidacom Publications

 

Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction    

Elizabeth of Bohemia: A Novel about Elizabeth Stuart, the Winter Queen by David Elias, published by ECW Press

Even That Wildest Hope by Seyward Goodhand, published by Invisible Publishing

Fanonymous by M. C. Joudrey, published by At Bay Press

Five Wives by Joan Thomas, published by Harper Avenue, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

This Has Nothing to Do with You by Lauren Carter, published by Freehand Books

 

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

Distorted Descent: White Claims to Indigenous Identity by Darryl Leroux, cover design by David Drummond, interior design by Jess Koroscil, published by University of Manitoba Press

Don’t Try this at Home: One Family’s (mis)Adventures Around the World by Daria Salamon and Rob Krause, cover and interior design by Jamis Paulson, published by Turnstone Press.

Nitinikiau Innusi: I Keep the Land Alive, by Tshaukuesh Elizabeth Penashue, cover and interior design by Vincent Design Inc., published by University of Manitoba Press

This Place: 150 Years Retold, edited and published by HighWater Press (an Imprint of Portage & Main Press), cover art by Natasha Donovan, cover and interior design by Relish New Brand Experience

 

McNally Robinson Book for Young People: Younger Category

123 Count with Me: Exploring Nature with Numbers, text and illustrations by Jessie Thiessen, published by Small Jane

Dinosaur Rodeo text and illustrations by Sheldon Dawson, published by Peanut Butter Press

Entawi Kiskinomakawiyan by Pauline Apetagon, published by Goldrock Press

The Grizzly Mother (Book Two, Mother of Xsan) by Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson), illustrations and cover art by Natasha Donovan, published by HighWater Press (an Imprint of Portage & Main Press)

The Promise Basket by Bill Richardson, illustrated by Slavka Kolesar, published by Groundwood Books

 

McNally Robinson Book of the Year

Five Wives by Joan Thomas, published by Harper Avenue, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related., by Jenny Heijun Wills, published by McClelland & Stewart

Perception: A Photo Series by KC Adams, published by HighWater Press (an Imprint of Portage & Main Press)

Radical Medicine: The International Origins of Socialized Health Care in Canada by Esyllt W. Jones, published by ARP Books

St. Boniface Elegies by Catherine Hunter, published by Signature Editions

This Place: 150 Years Retold, edited and published by HighWater Press (an Imprint of Portage & Main Press)

 

Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction

A Land so Wild by Elyssa Warkentin, published by Carnation Books

Another Spy for Paris by Robert J. Young, published by Signature Editions

Operation Stealth Seed by George Amabile, published by Signature Editions

Ride to Daylight by Alyssa Thiessen, published by Peasantry Press