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 Award — More Abandoned Manitoba: Rivers, Rails and Ruins by Gordon Goldsborough, published by Great Plains Publications
- McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award: Older Category — Monsters by David A. Robertson, published by HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage & Main Press
- Manitoba Indigenous Writer of the Year Award — Tasha Spillett
- Le Prix littéraire Rue-Deschambault — L’enfant rouge par Bertrand Nayet, publié par Les Éditions du Blé
- Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction — Small Predators by Jennifer Ilse Black, published by ARP Books
- Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction —Structures 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 Publisher — Stolen 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 Award — Stolen City: Racial Capitalism and the Making of Winnipeg by Owen Toews, published by ARP Books
- Chris Johnson Award for Best Play by a Manitoba Playwright — The Flats by Ginny Collins, produced by Prairie Theatre Exchange and Cercle Molière
- Manuela Dias Design and Illustration Awards, I. Book Design — Small 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 Illustration — IKWE: 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 Novel — Surviving 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
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:
- Fiction: The Overstory by Richard Powers
- Drama: Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury
- History: Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight
- Biography: The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart
- Poetry: Be With by Forrest Gander
- General Nonfiction: Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold
Congratulations to all of the winners! For more details on the Pulitzers, see the official website.Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
The nominees for the 2019 Manitoba Book Awards have been revealed! These awards are divided into eleven categories that recognize excellence in Manitoba writing, book design, and publishing.
The winners will be announced and celebrated at 7 PM on May 3, 2019, at a gala in their honour. This celebration takes place at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and tickets are on sale now for $20 per person. For more information, please visit the Manitoba Book Awards website.
The lists of nomineese can be found after the jump.Categories: Awards, Winnipeg, Prairie Writing
Ziya Tong, who championed Max Eisen's Holocaust memoir By Chance Alone, is the winner of Canada Reads 2019.
Published in 2016, By Chance Alone recounts Eisen's own traumatic memories of his family's imprisonment in the Auschwitz concentration camp during the Second World War.
Tong, a science journalist and herself an author, passionately defended By Chance Alone during four days of vigorous literary debates, proving to us all why the memoir is "the one book that will move all Canadians". She was ultimately decided as winner by the panellists during the final debate on March 28, 2019, thus beating out runner-up Chuck Comeau who was defending Homes, the memoir of Abu Bakr al Rabeeah written with Winnie Yeung.
The other three books that were part of Canada Reads 2019 included David Chariandy's Brother, defended by Lisa Ray; by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette's Suzanne, defended by Yanic Truesdale; and Lindsay Wong's The Woo Woo, defended by Joe Zee. The debates were hosted by Ali Hassan.
To read more about Canada Reads, and to stream the debates online, visit CBC's website.Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Canadian Lit
The longlist for this year's Man Booker International prize has been announced. The award, given annually to a single book in English translation, comes with a £50,000 prize that is shared equally between author and translator.
Of interesting note this year, only two of the thirteen books on the list come from major publishing houses — the rest were published by independent presses. This by itself is a win for independent publishers all around, as major awards such as the Man Booker are typically dominated by titles from major publishers.
Find the longlist after the jump...Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
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