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Booker Prize 2019 longlist

Wednesday, Jul 24, 2019 at 4:28pm

The longlist for this year's Booker Prize for Fiction, which celebrates the best book of fiction written in English and published in the UK, has been announced.

Of particular note, Margaret Atwood is the only Canadian to make the 2019 list. She was nominated for The Testaments, a sequel to her iconic novel The Handmaid's Tale, which is due to be released September 10th, 2019.

The rest of the longlist includes:

The shortlist will be announced September 3rd, and the winner revealed October 14th.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

2019 Lambda Award winners

Tuesday, Jun 04, 2019 at 12:40pm

The winners of the 31st Lambda Literary Awards, which honour the best in LGBTQ literature of the past year, were announced at a gala in New York City on June 3rd.

We are especially thrilled to see Casey Plett, a former McNally Robinson bookseller, has again won the Transgender Fiction Award, this time for her novel Little Fish. Plett initially won this award in 2015 for her book A Safe Girl to Love.

Also of particular note is Manitoban writer Joshua Whitehead's win of the Gay Fiction Award for his novel Jonny Appleseed.

Congratulations to Plett and Whitehead, and to all of the other winners of this year's Lammys! You can find a full list of the winners after the jump...

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, LGBTQ


The Man Booker International Prize 2019 winners

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 3:27pm

Last night at a ceremony in London, the winners of the 2019 Man Booker International Prize were announced.

Congratulations to author Jokha Alharthi and translator Marilyn Booth, who won for the book Celestial Bodies, and who will share equally the £50,000 (approximately $85,000 Canadian) prize.

Celestial Bodies tells the story of three sisters in the Oman village of al-Awafi: Mayya, who marries Abdallah after a heartbreak; Asma, who marries from a sense of duty; and Khawla, who rejects all offers while waiting for her beloved, who has emigrated to Canada. These three women and their families witness Oman evolve from a traditional, slave-owning society slowly redefining itself after the colonial era, to the crossroads of its complex present.

Please note that at the time of this announcement, there is no North American edition of Celestial Bodies available for us to order. However, with the book receiving such a pretigious honour we expect an edition will be available to us soon, so please check with your nearest McNally Robinson in coming weeks.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Manitoba Book Awards 2019 winners

Tuesday, May 07, 2019 at 5:29pm

At an awards gala held this past weekend at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the 2019 Manitoba Book Awards were proudly presented to this year's recipients. The eleven separate awards recognize excellence in Manitoba writing, book design, and publishing for books published within the past year. This year's winners include:

  • McNally Robinson Book of the Year AwardMore Abandoned Manitoba: Rivers, Rails and Ruins by Gordon Goldsborough, published by Great Plains Publications
  • McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award: Older CategoryMonsters by David A. Robertson, published by HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage & Main Press
  • Manitoba Indigenous Writer of the Year AwardTasha Spillett
  • Le Prix littéraire Rue-DeschambaultL’enfant rouge par Bertrand Nayet, publié par Les Éditions du Blé
  • Margaret Laurence Award for FictionSmall Predators by Jennifer Ilse Black, published by ARP Books
  • Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-FictionStructures of Indifference: An Indigenous Life and Death in a Canadian City by Mary Jane Logan McCallum and Adele Perry, published by University of Manitoba Press
  • Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba PublisherStolen City: Racial Capitalism and the Making of Winnipeg by Owen Toews, cover and interior design by Urbanink, published by ARP Books
  • Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book by a Manitoba Author — declared a tie and presented to both Surviving the City written by Tasha Spillett, illustrated by Natasha Donovan, published by HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage & Main Press; and Clean Sweep by Michael J. Clark, published by ECW Press
  • Carol Shields Winnipeg Book AwardStolen City: Racial Capitalism and the Making of Winnipeg by Owen Toews, published by ARP Books
  • Chris Johnson Award for Best Play by a Manitoba PlaywrightThe Flats by Ginny Collins, produced by Prairie Theatre Exchange and Cercle Molière
  • Manuela Dias Design and Illustration Awards, I. Book DesignSmall Predators by Jennifer Ilse Black, cover artwork and design by Kenneth Lavallee, interior design by Relish New Brand Experience, published by ARP Books
  • Manuela Dias Design and Illustration Awards, II. General IllustrationIKWE: Honouring Women, Life Givers, and Water Protectors written and illustrated by Jackie Traverse, image editing/cover design by Melody Morrissette, published by Roseway Publishing, an imprint of Fernwood Publishing
  • Manuela Dias Design and Illustration Awards, III. Graphic NovelSurviving the City written by Tasha Spillett, illustrated by Natasha Donovan, design by Relish New Brand Experience, cover art by Natasha Donovan, lettering by Donovan Yaciuk, published by HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage & Main Press

Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees! For a full list of the nominees, see this post, or visit the Manitoba Book Awards website for more details.

Categories: Awards, Winnipeg

Pulitzer Prize 2019 winners

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2019 at 4:07pm

The winners of this year's Pulitzer Prizes have been announced. The Prizes, named after 19th century newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, honour excellence in journalism and the arts, and are awarded annually.

The Pulitzers are divided into many categories, and the finalists and winners of every category can be found on the Pulitzer Prize website. Of particular note to the world of books are the following 2019 winners:

Congratulations to all of the winners! For more details on the Pulitzers, see the official website.

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