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.

 

 

Honouring our Manitoba Book Awards recipients

Without our usual gala, we were unable to suitably honour those who won awards during this year’s Manitoba Book Awards season. The Manitoba Writers’ Guild works as a team member of a coalition of organizations that coordinate the Awards, along with the Association of Book Publishers (AMBP), the Winnipeg International Writers Festival (WIWF) and the Winnipeg Libraries Association. The coalition organizes the submission process, finds jurors for each of the categories and organizes meetings with those jurors to determine our winners. Then, we usually plan a party where we can invite those on the shortlist, their families, friends and publishers to learn who the winners are and celebrate all the wonderful writers, book publishers and designers in Manitoba. Unfortunately, with the dreaded virus isolating all of us during the time when we usually hold the gala, we were unable to indulge in such an event this year.

Instead, the Guild has invited as many of the winners as we could find to be a part of our monthly virtual Book Chats, the first Wednesday of each month at 7 pm. The one exception will be Colleen Nelson, winner of the McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award (Older Category) for her middle grade novel, Harvey Holds His Own. We invited her to our Kids Book Chat on Saturday, September 11 at 2 pm so gather your kids and grandkids to the nearest computer, laptop, tablet or even your cell phone, to listen to Colleen and ask questions of this talented local author.

As for our evening virtual Book Chats, we invite anyone interested in hearing our authors read a portion of their award winning books to join us at any of the chats. Please note that you must email the Guild ahead of each chat for the Zoom information that will allow you to join the meeting.

On July 14, 2021, David A. Robertson read from his award winning book, Black Water, which won both the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction and the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award. It was a thought-provoking evening with discussions on reconciliation and residential schools.

Here is a list of the other award winners, the awards they won and when their chats will be:

August 11, 2021 – Jonathan Ball‘s The Lightning of Possible Storms won the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction

September 8, 2021 – Magdalene Redekop‘s Making Believe: Questions About Mennonites and Art won the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher

October 13, 2021 – Duncan Mecredi & Lenard Monkman both won the Manitowapow Award for their work in literacy among the Indigenous  Community

November 10, 2021 – Andrew Unger’s Once Removed won the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book

December 8, 2021 – Lara Rae’s play Dragonfly won the Chris Johnson Award for Best Play by a Manitoba Playwright

January 9, 2022 – Amber O’Reilly’s poetry book, Gagnant – Boussole Franche, won Le Prix  littéraire Rue-Deschambault

We are also planning an informative evening with the company Relish Design, which won most of the design awards in the Manuela Diaz Book Design and Illustration Awards category. It should be very interesting to see how their designers come up with the graphics for book covers and illustrations. Stay tuned for the date and time, which will be announced here and on our Facebook Events page.

As mentioned above, please email manitobawritersguild3@gmail.com to receive the Zoom instructions or if you have any questions. If you want to read more about these writers, they will be featured in upcoming e-newsletters, but you must be a member to get it. Check out our Member page to learn how to become a member.