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2009 Manitoba Book Award Winners Announced

Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 11:38am

The winners of the 2009 Manitoba Book Awards were announced last night at a gala event at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Congratulations to all the winners!

McNally Robinson Book of the Year

  • The Retreat by David Bergen, published by McClelland and Stewart Ltd.

McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award - Older Category

McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award - Younger Category

  • Goose Girl by Joe McLellan and Matrine McLellan, illustrated by Rhian Brynjolson, published by Pemmican Publications

Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction

Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry/Prix Lansdowne de poésie

Best Illustrated Book of the Year

Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award

  • Saint-Boniface 1908-2008: reflets d'une ville, sous la direction de André Fauchon et Carol J. Harvey, publié par les Presses universitaires de Saint-Boniface

Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book

John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer

  • Michael Van Rooy

Manuela Dias Book Design of the Year

The Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction

  • The Retreat by David Bergen, published by McClelland and Stewart Ltd.

Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher

Le Prix littéraire Rue-Deschambault

  • L'endroit et l'envers par Lise Gaboury-Diallo, publié par L'Harmattan
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Goose Girl

- by Joe and Matrine McLellan

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Winner of the 2009 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award for Young People (Younger Category)

Many years ago,by a lake in Northern Canada, there was a young girl named Marie. She spoke French and she spoke Cree, but it was her wordless understanding with a special goose that would change her life. The geese carry the spirits of the departed to the promised land. With her special friendship Marie would soon be known as Niskaw for bringing the teachings and the healings of the geese to her people. Goose Girl is a gentle and moving story of love, faith and letting go. Co-authors Joe and Matrine McLellan live in Winnipeg where they write books and tell stories. This is the 11th book that Joe has either written or co-written with Matrine for Pemmican Publications.

Lord Selkirk

- by J M Bumsted

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Thomas Douglas, the Fifth Earl of Selkirk (1770-1820), was a complex man of his times, whose passions left an indelible mark on Canadian history. A product of the Scottish Enlightenment and witness to the French Revolution, he dedicated his fortune and energy to the vision of a new colony at the centre of North America. His final legacy, the Red River Settlement, led to the eventual end of the dominance of the fur trade and began the demographic and social transformation of western Canada.

The product of three decades of research, this is the definitive biography of Lord Selkirk. Bumsted's passionate prose and thoughtful analysis illuminate not only the man, but also the political and economic realities of the British empire at the turn of the nineteenth century. He analyzes Selkirk's position within these realities, showing how his paternalistic attitudes informed his "social experiments" in colonization and translated into unpredictable, and often tragic, outcomes. Bumsted also provides extensive detail on the complexities of colonization, the Scottish Enlightenment, Scottish peerage, the fur trade, the Red River settlement, and early British-Canadian politics.

this is a small northern town

- by Rosanna Deerchild

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Winner of the 2009 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry/Prix Lansdowne de poésie

This is a small northern town is the long awaited, first full-length collection of poems by Rosanna Deerchild. These are poems about what it means to be from the north; a town divided along colour lines; and a family dealing with its history of secrets. At its core—this collection is about the life of a Cree girl and the places she finds comfort and escape.

Excerpt:
cousin comes in from the bush still half-cut from all night partying my cousin wakes me at 7 am n’chi mis he says in slurred cree let’s go for breakfast i wear my dawn-yellow sun dress his name is Boy-Who-Is-Always-Smiling his name is Laughter-In-My-Heart his name is Always-Holds-My-Hand

Rosanna Deerchild is Cree from South Indian Lake, Manitoba. Her poetry has appeared in a number of literary magazines including Prairie Fire and CV2. Her work is anthologized in Post-prairie: An Anthology of New Poetry (Talonbooks, 2005) and Strong Women Stories: Native Vision and Community Survival (Sumach Press, 2003). She is the co-founder and remains a member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective established in 1999. The collective, a group of Manitoba writers, has released two collections in print, urban kool and Bone Memory, and a live spoken word CD, Red City.
For the last ten years, Rosanna has worked in print, radio and television journalism, specializing in Aboriginal issues, including several years as a producer and journalist for APTN. She has also performed live comedy and has written book reviews for the Winnipeg Free Press. Rosanna currently works a broadcaster with NCI-FM and is a regular columnist with CBC.

The Prairie Bridesmaid

- by Daria Salamon

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Winner of the 2009 Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book

Just cresting her thirties, Anna Lasko, a frustrated school teacher whose almost ex-boyfriend, Adam, is away on temporary assignment in Europe, finds herself tricked into a break-up-with-the-bad-boyfriend intervention by her supportive but meddling girlfriends. To cope with it all, Anna starts smoking again, keeps nightly counsel with her backyard squirrel, Buddy, and starts sessions with a caring but fashion-challenged therapist. Her well-intentioned family adds to the emotional workload when her beautiful and free-spirited sister decides to move to the Middle East with her boyfriend. Luckily, Anna has her devoted grandmother who constantly says it like it is, refuses to conform to anyone’s requests, and continues to live on her prairie farm half-blind, happy and alone. Spectacularly fun and rich with wit and savvy, The Prairie Bridesmaid is a delicious debut novel about the bonds that break and make family, friendship and love.

Your Friendly Neighbourhood Criminal

- by Michael Van Rooy

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Michael Van Rooy is the winner of the 2009 John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer

Ex-criminal Montgomery "Monty" Haaviko would rather be known as the friendly neighbourhood daycare provider, but it's his criminal past that brings him to the attention of Marie Blue Duck. Blue Duck is a human rights activist in Canada and she wants Monty to set-up a route to smuggle refugees into the United States from Canada.

Monty's carefully laid plans quickly go off the rails when he squares-off against local thug, Samantha Richot. Their power struggle rapidly escalates into kidnapping, torture, and a daring and highly explosive stand-off. Just when Monty thinks he might just have it all under control, his old jailhouse crony, Hershel "Smiley" Wiebe, shows up on his doorstep. Monty is more than suspicious of Smiley's motives, but figures if you should keep old friends close, you should keep old cons even closer. A gripping and aggressive crime novel, Your Friendly Neighbourhood Criminal, explores how far a man will go to protect his family, home and neighbourhood and asks the question "Can a man do good by doing bad?"