2022 Manitoba Book Awards Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Manitoba Book Awards!

Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction /
Prix Alexander-Kennedy-Isbister pour les études et essais
Sponsor: Manitoba Arts Council

WINNER: Dadibaajim: Returning Home Through Narrative by Helen Olsen Agger, published by University of Manitoba Press


Nominees:
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, through the City of Winnipeg

GAGNANT: Mont-Blanc-Winnipeg Express par Seream, publié par Les Éditions du Blé

Nominees:
Did You See Us? Reunion, Remembrance, and Reclamation at an Urban Indian Residential School by Survivors of the Assiniboia Indian Residential School, foreword by Theodore Fontaine, edited by Andrew Woolford, published by University of Manitoba Press
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 Publishers
The Strangers by Katherena Vermette, published by Hamish Hamilton Canada


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

CO-WINNERS:
Persephone’s Children: A Life in Fragments by Rowan McCandless, published by Dundurn Press
We Are All Perfectly Fine: A Memoir of Love, Medicine and Healing by Jillian Horton, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

Nominees:
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
Run As One: My Story by Errol Ranville, published by Great Plains Publications

John Hirsch Emerging Manitoba Writer Award /
Prix John Hirsch de l’écrivain.e émergent.e manitobain.e
Sponsor: Manitoba Foundation for the Arts

WINNER: Chimwemwe Undi

Nominees:
Wren Brian
Teresa Horosko
Joanna Graham
Sam K MacKinnon

Lansdowne Prize for Poetry / Prix Lansdowne de poésie
Sponsor: The Winnipeg Foundation

WINNER: The Lost Cafeteria by Joel Robert Ferguson, published by Signature Editions

Nominees/Candidats :
Cattail Skyline by Joanne Epp, published by Turnstone Press
L’ivresse fragile de l’aube par Laurent Poliquin publié par L’Harmattan
Tablet Fragments by Tamar Rubin, 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

WINNER: Warehouse Journal Volume Thirty edited & designed by Chelsea Colburn & Teresa Lyons, published by Warehouse Journal, Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba

Nominees:
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 J. R. Léveillé, cover & interior design by M. C. Joudrey & Matthew Stevens, published by At Bay Press
Frame by Frame: An Animators Journey by Co Hoedeman, cover & interior design by M. C.
Joudrey & Matthew Stevens, published by At Bay Press
Gibbous Moon by Dennis Cooley, 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

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

III. Children’s Illustration/ Illustration de livres pour enfants

WINNER: You Came From My Heart by Brenlee Coates, illustrations by Roberta Landreth, published by FriesenPress

Nominees:
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


Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction
Sponsor: Manitoba Arts Council

CO-WINNERS:
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)

Nominees:
So Many Windings by Catherine Macdonald, published by At Bay Press
Status Update by George Toles, published by At Bay Press
The Strangers by Katherena Vermette, published by Hamish Hamilton 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

WINNER: 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

Nominees:
Coming to Canada by Starkie Mak, design by M.C. Joudrey & Matthew Stevens, published by At Bay 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

WINNER: So Many Windings by Catherine Macdonald, published by At Bay Press
Nominees:
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)
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

WINNER: I Sang You Down from the Stars by Tasha Spillett-Sumner, published by Owlkids Books

Nominees:
Glory On Ice: A Vampire Hockey Story by Maureen Fergus, published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young People (an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada)
T. Rexes Can’t Tie Their Shoes by Anna Lazowski, published by Doubleday Books for Young
People (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

WINNER: Out of Mind by David Bergen, published by Goose Lane Editions

Nominees:
Gibbous Moon by Dennis Cooley, 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)
Searching for Signal by Lori Cayer, published by Signature Editions
The Strangers by Katherena Vermette, published by Hamish Hamilton Canada
We Are All Perfectly Fine: A Memoir of Love, Medicine and Healing by Jillian Horton, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

Congratulations to all the winners!

For further information on the Manitoba Book Awards, please visit the website.