The winners of the 2020 Manitoba Book Awards have been announced!
These eleven separate awards recognize excellence in Manitoba writing, book design, publishing, and stories, honoured authors and books published in the last year.
Of particular note are This Place: 150 Years Retold published by HighWater Press, which won both the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year, and The Promise Basket by Bill Richardson, which won the McNally Robinson Book for Young People, Younger Category award.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions an awards gala is impossible this year, so instead the Manitoba Book Awards is celebrating the winners via social media. To join in, visit their Facebook Page and congratulate your favourite winners!
The full list of 2020 winners can be found after the jump...Categories: Awards, Winnipeg, Prairie Writing, Canadian Lit
The finalists for the 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction, formerly known as the Orange Prize and the Bailey's Women's Prize, have been announced.
The Women's Prize is awarded annually to a female author of any nationality for the best novel written in English in the past year. 2020 marks its 25th anniversary.
The 2020 shortlist includes:
- Dominicana by Angie Cruz
- Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
- A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes*
- The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel
- Hamnet & Judith by Maggie O’ Farrell
- Weather by Jenny Offill
The winner will be announced on September 9, 2020.
(*As of posting this article, A Thousand Ships is not yet released in North America, though a NA edition is scheduled to be released in January 2021. Contact your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore to pre-order.)Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
The finalists for the 2020 Manitoba Book Awards have been announced!
These awards celebrate books written and published by Manitoban authors in the past year.
The COVID-19 pandemic of course means we will have to forego the usual gala celebration, but the winners will still be announced and celebrated online on Friday, May 15, 2020.
Look after the jump for all of this year's finalists...Categories: Awards, Winnipeg
The contenders for this year's Canada Reads competition have been selected!
Hosted annually by the CBC, Canada Reads is a series of debates to determine which is the one book Canadians should read right now, based on current events. This year, the competition seeks to find the "one book to bring Canada into focus."
In no particular order, the 2020 finalists and their defenders include:
- Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club by Megan Gail Coles, defended by Alayna Fender
- Radicalized by Cory Doctorow, defended by Akil Augustine
- We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib, defended by Amanda Brugel
- Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson, defended by Kaniehtiio Horn
- From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle, defended by George Canyon
The debates will take place March 16 to 19, and you can watch or listen by TV, radio, or streaming. For more information on the competition, visit the Canada Reads website.Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Canadian Lit
The winner of this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize, the richest Canadian literary award that comes with a $100,000 prize, is Ian Williams.
Williams won for his debut novel Reproduction, the charming and surprising tale of Felicia and Edgar and the bizarre ways people become bonded, a story that insists family isn't a matter of blood.
Congratulations, Mr. Williams! A prestigious award to set off his career in fiction, one we shall watch with great interest.
Find out more about the Scotiabank Giller Prize on their website.Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
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