2021 Shortlist for the Manitoba Book Awards

Manitoba Book Awards / Les Prix du livres du Manitoba

MEDIA RELEASE / COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE

30 APRIL/AVRIL 2021
(Winnipeg, MB) – On behalf of the coalition producing the 2021 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 illustration, 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, designers and illustrators 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 again forego the gala celebration but we will announce the winners via media release and social media on Thursday, May 20 at 11 a.m.

The Manitoba Book Awards/Les Prix du livre du Manitoba coalition—the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers, Manitoba Writers’ Guild, Winnipeg International Writers Festival, and Winnipeg Public Library—is grateful to the award sponsors for their ongoing support.


PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR DETAILS ON ALL ELEVEN AWARDS…

(Winnipeg, MB) — De la part de la coalition qui produit  Les Prix du livre du Manitoba/Manitoba Book Awards  2021, nous sommes ravis de partager la liste de candidats sélectionnés pour les 11 prix distincts qui reconnaissent l’excellence de l’écriture, la mise en page, l’illustration et l’édition au Manitoba. 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). Connectez-vous avec nous et amplifiez ces messages en créant les vôtres !

La pandémie nous pousse à renoncer encore la célébration gala, mais nous annoncerons les lauréates et lauréats de chacun des onze prix via un communiqué de presse et nos réseaux sociaux le jeudi 20 mai à 11 heures.

La coalition Manitoba Book Awards/Les Prix du livre du Manitoba—Association of Manitoba Book Publishers, Manitoba Writers Guild, Festival international des écrivains de Winnipeg et La Bibliothèque publique de Winnipeg—sont reconnaissants envers les commanditaires pour leur soutien continu.


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

Sponsor: Manitoba Arts Council

Black Water: Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory by David A. Robertson, published by HarperCollins

For The W: A Look Back at the 2019 Grey Cup Championship Season by Ed Tait, edited by Rhéanne Marcoux, published by The Winnipeg Football Club

Peculiar Lessons: How Nature and the Material World Shaped a Prairie Childhood by Lois Braun, published by Great Plains Publications

Reinventing Bankruptcy Law: A History of the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act by Virginia Torrie, published by University of Toronto Press


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

Black Water: Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory by David A. Robertson, published by HarperCollins

Dispelling the Clouds: A Desperate Social Experiment by Wilma Derksen, published by Amity Publishers

From the Roots Up: Surviving the City, Vol. 2 by Tasha Spillett, illustrations by Natasha Donovan, published by HighWater Press

Harley’s Bootstraps by Lois C. Henderson, published by FriesenPress

TreeTalk by Ariel Gordon, with illustrations by Natalie Baird, published by At Bay Press

Vignettes from My Life by Tannis M. Richardson, published by Heartland Associates


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

Sponsor: The Manitoba Association of Playwrights (MAP)

Dragonfly by Lara Rae, published by J. Gordon Shillingford

How it Ends by Debbie Patterson, produced by Sick + Twisted Theatre

Inédit par Eric Plamondon, publié par Les Éditions du Blé

The Paper Bag Princess by Alissa Watson, produced by Prairie Theatre Exchange

Torn Through Time by Carrie Costello, Frances Koncan, and Cherissa Richards, produced by Manitoba Theatre for Young People


Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book
Sponsor: The Winnipeg Foundation

A Strange Kind of Comfort by Gaylene Dutchyshen, published by Dundurn Press

Heart Broken: Our Family’s Story of Surviving Medical Tragedy by Donald Lepp, published by Word Alive Press

Once Removed by Andrew Unger, published by Turnstone Press

Tablet Fragments by Tamar Rubin, published by Signature Editions

The Case of Windy Lake A Mighty Muskrats Mystery by Michael Hutchinson, published by Second Story Press


Manitowapow Award / Prix Manitowapow
Sponsor: Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture, University of Manitoba

Wilfred Buck
Duncan Mercredi
Lenard Monkman
David A. Robertson
Jen Storm


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

I. Book Design / Conception de livre
Becoming Our Future: Global Indigenous Curatorial Practice edited by Dr. Julie Nagam, Carly Lane, Megan Tamati-Quennell, original front cover design by Johnson Witehira, design and layout by Relish New Brand Experience, published by ARP Books

My Claustrophobic Happiness by Jeanne Randolph, book design and layout by LOKI, published by ARP Books

The Lesser Known: A History of Oddities from the Heart of the Continent by Darren Bernhardt, cover artwork by Christine Fellows, design and typography by Relish New Brand Experience, published by Great Plains Publications

The Muse Sings by Dennis Cooley, illustrations by Cori Jaye Elston, cover and interior design by M. C. Joudrey and Matthew Stevens, published by At Bay Press

TreeTalk by Ariel Gordon, with illustrations by Natalie Baird, cover and interior design by M. C. Joudrey and Matthew Stevens, published by At Bay Press

Words of the Inuit: A Semantic Stroll through a Northern Culture by Louis-Jacques Dorais, cover design by Marvin Harder, interior design by Jess Koroscil, published by University of Manitoba Press

II. Illustration
For The W: A Look Back at the 2019 Grey Cup Championship Season by Ed Tait, edited by Rhéanne Marcoux, cover and interior design by Rhéanne Marcoux and Carrie Berndsen, various photographers, published by The Winnipeg Football Club

I Will See You Again by Lisa Boivin, illustrations by Lisa Boivin, cover and interior design by Relish New Brand Experience, published by HighWater Press

The Automatic Age, written, illustrated, and cover design by G.M.B. Chomichuk, design assistance by Relish New Brand Experience, published by Yellow Dog, an imprint of Great Plains Publications

III. Graphic Novel / Roman graphique
Breakdown: The Reckoner Rises, Vol 1 by David A. Robertson, illustrations by Scott B. Henderson and Donovan Yaciuk, cover and interior design by Jennifer Lum, published by HighWater Press

From the Roots Up: Surviving the City Vol. 2 by Tasha Spillett, illustrations by Natasha Donovan, cover and interior design by Relish New Brand Experience, published by HighWater Press

This Place: 150 Years Retold by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm et al., illustrations by Tara Audibert et al., cover and interior design by Relish New Brand Experience, published by HighWater Press


Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction
Sponsor: Manitoba Arts Council

Here the Dark by David Bergen, published by Biblioasis

Kate Wake by Mariianne Mays Wiebe, published by DC Books

My Claustrophobic Happiness by Jeanne Randolph, published by ARP Books

Still Me: A Golf Tragedy in 18 Parts by Jeffrey John Eyamie, published by Turnstone Press

The Lightning of Possible Storms by Jonathan Ball, published by Book*hug Press


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

Becoming Our Future: Global Indigenous Curatorial Practice edited by Dr. Julie Nagam, Carly Lane, Megan Tamati-Quennell, original front cover design by Johnson Witehira, design and layout by Relish New Brand Experience, published by ARP Books

From the Roots Up: Surviving the City Vol. 2 by Tasha Spillett, illustrations by Natasha Donovan, cover and interior design by Relish New Brand Experience, published by HighWater Press

I Will See You Again written and illustrated by Lisa Boivin, cover and interior design by Relish New Brand Experience, published by HighWater Press

Making Believe: Questions About Mennonites and Art by Magdelene Redekop, cover design by David Drummond, interior design by Jess Koroscil, published by University of Manitoba Press

TreeTalk by Ariel Gordon, with illustrations by Natalie Baird, cover and interior design by M. C. Joudrey and Matthew Stevens, published by At Bay Press


McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award
Sponsor: McNally Robinson Booksellers

Black Water: Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory by David A. Robertson, published by HarperCollins

Dragonfly by Lara Rae, published by J. Gordon Shillingford

Here the Dark by David Bergen, published by Biblioasis

My Claustrophobic Happiness by Jeanne Randolph, published by ARP Books

Tablet Fragments by Tamar Rubin, published by Signature Editions

The World is Mostly Sky by Sarah Ens, published by Turnstone Press


McNally Robinson Books for Young People (Older Category)
Sponsor: McNally Robinson Booksellers

From the Roots Up: Surviving the City Vol. 2 by Tasha Spillett, illustrations by Natasha Donovan,  published by HighWater Press

Ghosts by David A. Robertson, published by HighWater Press

Harvey Comes Home by Colleen Nelson, illustrations by Tara Anderson, published by Pajama Press

The Case of the Missing Auntie – A Mighty Muskrats Mystery: Book 2 by Michael Hutchinson, published by Second Story Press

You Don’t Have to Die in the End by Anita Daher, published by Yellow Dog, an imprint of Great Plains Publications


Prix littéraire Rue-Deschambault
Commanditaire : Conseil des arts du Manitoba

Boussole Franche par Amber O’Reilly, publié par Les Éditions du Blé

Buffet Froid par Louise Dandeneau, publié par Les Éditions du Blé

Ganiishomong: ou L’Extase du temps par J. R. Léveillé, publié par Les Éditions du Blé


Congratulations to all the nominees!
Félicitations à tous les finalistes !

For more information:

Email: info@manitobabookawards.ca

Website: manitobabookawards.ca

Social media: Manitoba Book Awards / @mbbookawards

Note our new website address!

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Courriel : info@manitobabookawards.ca

Site web: manitobabookawards.ca

Média sociaux : Manitoba Book Awards / @mbbookawards

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