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The Manitoba Book Awards for 2013 have been announced

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 4:31pm

The Manitoba Writers' Guild and the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers are pleased to announce the Manitoba Book Awards shortlists. The awards will be presented at the Manitoba Book Awards Gala, on Sunday April 28th at the West End Cultural Centre and hosted by Ismaila Alfa. Doors open at 7:15 p.m., with the ceremony beginning at 8:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The shortlists and recipients are selected by a variety of juries, comprised of writers, publishers and other book industry personnel from across Canada.

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McNally Robinson Book of the Year

The Age of Hope by David Bergen, published by Harper Collins Canada
Dating by Dave Williamson, published by Turnstone Press
The House on Sugarbush Road by Méira Cook, published by Enfield & Wizenty, an imprint of Great Plains Publications
Imagining Winnipeg: History through the Photographs of L.B. Foote, by Esyllt W. Jones, published by University of Manitoba Press
Monstrance by Sarah Klassen, published by Turnstone Press
Whitetail Shooting Gallery by Annette Lapointe, published by Anvil Press

Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction

Creation and Transformation: Defining Movements in Inuit Art by Darlene Coward Wight, published by Douglas and MacIntyre and the Winnipeg Art Gallery
Dams of Contention by Bill Redekop, published by Heartland Associates
On the Fly: A Hockey Fan's View from the 'Peg by Wayne Tefs, published by Turnstone Press
Racialized Policing by Elizabeth Comack, published by Fernwood Publishing

Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry/Prix Lansdowne de poésie

Marchand d'intensité by Laurent Poliquin, published by L'Harmattan
Monstrance by Sarah Klassen, published by Turnstone Press
The Politics of Knives by Jonathan Ball, published by Coach House Books

Best Illustrated Book of the Year

7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga by David Alexander Robertson, illustrations by Scott B. Henderson, design by Relish New Brand Experience, published by Highwater Press, an imprint of Portage & Main Press.
Imagining Winnipeg: History through the Photographs of L.B. Foote, by Esyllt W. Jones, design by Doowah Design, published by University of Manitoba Press
Mike Grandmaison's Prairie and Beyond, photographs by Mike Grandmaison, design by Jamis Paulson, published by Turnstone Press
Romulus + Remus: Issue 1 written, illustrated, and published by Scott Ford

Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award

The Age of Hope by David Bergen, published by Harper Collins
Dating: A Novel by Dave Williamson, published by Turnstone Press
Imagining Winnipeg: History Through the Photographs of L. B. Foote by Esyllt W. Jones, published by University of Manitoba Press
What You Get at Home by Dora Dueck, published by Turnstone Press

Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book

All Things Considered by Joan-Dianne Smith, published by Goldfish Publishing
Sonar by Kristian Enright, published by Turnstone Press
Thunder Road by Chadwick Ginther, published by Ravenstone, an imprint of Turnstone Press

John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer

Kristian Enright
Kevin Marc Fournier
Katherena Vermette

Manuela Dias Book Design of the Year

Bedtime Stories for the Edge of the World by Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan, design by Lisa Friesen (Winnipeg Art Gallery), calligraphy by Nicole Coulson, published by ARP Books
I Know Who You Remind Me Of, stories by Naomi K. Lewis, design by Relish New Brand Experience, published by Enfield & Wizenty, an imprint of Great Plains Publications
The Marsh Keepers Journey: the Story of Ducks Unlimited Canada by Bruce Batt, design by Jeope Wolfe, published by Ducks Unlimited Canada.
Warehouse Journal Vol.21 co-edited by Nicole Hunt and Brandon Bergem, designed and published by the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Architecture

The Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction

The Age of Hope by David Bergen, published by Harper Collins Canada
Eleven Pipers Piping by C. C. Benison, published by Doubleday Canada
The House on Sugarbush Road by Méira Cook, published by Enfield & Wizenty, an imprint of Great Plains Publications
The Only Man in the World by Faith Johnston, published by Turnstone Press
Thunder Road by Chadwick Ginther, published by Ravenstone, an imprint of Turnstone Press
What You Get at Home by Dora Dueck, published by Turnstone Press

Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher

Dams of Contention: The Rafferty-Alameda Story and the Birth of Canadian Environmental Law by Bill Redekop, design by Dawn Huck, published by Heartland Associates
Food for the Gods: An Epikurean Epic by Karen Dudley, cover design by Doowah Design, published by Ravenstone, an imprint of Turnstone Press
Imagining Winnipeg: History Through the Photographs of L.B. Foote by Esyllt W. Jones, design by Doowah Design, published by University of Manitoba Press
Mike Grandmaison's Prairie and Beyond, photographs by Mike Grandmaison, text by Jan Volney, design by Jamis Paulson, published by Turnstone Press
Thunder Road by Chadwick Ginther, cover design by Jamis Paulson, interior design by Sharon Caseburg, published by Ravenstone, an imprint of Turnstone Press

McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award - Older Category

7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga by David Alexander Robertson, published by Highwater Press, an imprint of Portage & Main Press
The Green-Eyed Queen of Suicide City by Kevin Marc Fournier, published by Great Plains Teen Fiction
The Last Song by Eva Wiseman, published by Tundra Books

Le Prix littéraire Rue-Deschambault

Les enfants de Tantale par Lise Gaboury-Diallo, publié par Les Éditions du Blé
Poème Pierre Prière par J.R. Léveillé, publié par Les Éditions du Blé
La Révolution Tranquille par Raymond M. Hebert, publié par Les Éditions du Blé
Li Rvinant par Rhéal Cenerini, publié par Les Éditions du Blé

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Dating

- by Dave Williamson

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Jenkins never dreamed he'd live long enough to be dating again. Old folks acting like teenagers was unheard of in his parents' generation. Less than two years after his beloved wife's death, Jenkins finds himself sheepishly slinking past her portrait to take another woman out to the movies. With good (and sometimes not-so-good) memories of his youth, Jenkins recalls his dating experiences through the decades -- and finds that he is still no wiser than a schoolboy. Especially when he learns his high school grad date is back n town and newly widowed. Will she be the same sweet Janie who made his grad night perfect or will age have taken its toll? Things don't look good when her son greets him at the door with a list of rules. The tables have turned and the parents are now the children. Boomers will connect on many levels with this outrageously funny portrayal of their generation grappling with the realities of growing older.

The House on Sugarbush Road

- by Meira Cook

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Winner of the 2013 McNally Robinson Book of the Year. The House on Sugarbush Road, set in post-apartheid Johannesburg shortly after the 1994 election of Nelson Mandela, is the story of the intertwining lives of a once prominent liberal Afrikaner family and Beauty Mapule, their domestic servant of more than thirty years. Cook's intimately interconnected and finely drawn characters are white, black, rich, poor, beautiful, ugly, old and young; they are also hustlers, do-gooders, petty criminals and sensualists, heading towards dramatic explosions both inevitable and unexpected.

Imagining Winnipeg

- by Esyllt W. Jones

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Winner of the 2013 Best Illustrated Book of the Year in Manitoba. In an expanding and socially fractious early twentieth-century Winnipeg, Lewis Benjamin Foote (1873-1957) rose to become the city's pre-eminent commercial photographer. Documenting everything from royal visits to deep poverty, from the building of the landmark Fort Garry Hotel to the riots of the 1919 General Strike, Foote's photographs have come to be iconic representations of early Winnipeg life. In Imagining Winnipeg, historian Esyllt W. Jones takes us beyond the iconic to reveal the complex artist behind the lens and the conflicting ways in which his photographs have been used to give credence to diverse and sometimes irreconcilable views of Winnipeg's past. Incorporating 160 stunning photographs from the more than 2,000 images in the Archives of Manitoba Foote Collection, Imagining Winnipeg challenges our understanding of visual history and the city we thought we knew.

Monstrance

- by Sarah Klassen

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With intellectual energy, Sarah Klassen takes the reader on an unforgettable journey by Klassen's unsettling, stimulating and wonderful experiences in Israel/ Palestine and Lithuania, as well as life at home. Combined with reflections on nature, the poems explore the ongoing challenge of how to live in this world with compassion, hope and faith. Nature and personal experience, beyond what media and books can convey, bring together both the spiritual and physical dimensions of living in this conflicted world. Remaining firmly grounded in reality, Klassen seeks enlightenment and higher understanding of humanity through moments of clarity.

Whitetail Shooting Gallery

- by Annette Lapointe

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Cousins Jennifer and Jason live close together as small kids, exploring their rural home. They live in adjacent, sometimes overlapping, households. But one act of family violence begets another, and the cousins drift apart. By adolescence, the two are estranged. Jennifer grows closer to her best friend, Donna, an evangelical minister’s daughter who rebels against her family by immersing her- self in a world of vectors, fractals, perfect math, and porn. Jason’s world is hockey. Donna likes his street-hockey bruises. Jason’s also interested in Gordon, a semi-recluse ex-teacher who lives on the periphery of town and con- structs art installations from leather, tamarack, animal skulls, and other found items. Horses, bears, kissing cousins, and other human animals conspire in a series of conflicts that result in accidental gunfire and scarring—both physical and emotional—that take many years to heal.

Creation and Transformation

- by Art Gallery Winnipeg, Darlene Wight, Susan Gustavison

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The treasures of the world's largest public collection of Inuit art are revealed in this seminal history of art from the Arctic.

The collection of Inuit art held by the Winnipeg Art Gallery, one of Canada's most important public galleries, is extraordinary by any standard: its geographic range, diverse media and size have brought international renown to the collection of some 11,000 artworks. The wag celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2012-13 and this book, as well as a major exhibition from January 24 to April 17, 2013, will feature many of the gallery's treasures as it marks this important milestone.

Creation and Transformation is a major art book that describes the genesis and evolution of contemporary Inuit art from 1949 to the present day: from carvers in the 1950s, such as Johnny Inukpuk, to later storytellers in stone, such as Davidialuk Alasua Amittu, and in whale bone such as Karoo Ashevak; from pioneer graphic artist Jessie Oonark, to graphic artists working today in new and personal idioms, such as Shuvinai Ashoona. The book is a celebration of creativity that has had many transformations over six decades.

Organized chronologically, this remarkable volume will constitute a new historical narrative of a contemporary art form as revealed in essays by international authorities led by Winnipeg Art Gallery's curator of Inuit art, Darlene Coward Wight, and explored through the personal insights of the artists themselves. Expertly designed and produced, this book features 150 colour and archival images.

Dams of Contention

- by Bill Redekop

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Dams of Contention: The Rafferty-Alameda Story and the Birth of Canadian Environmental Law by Bill Redekop, is the cautionary tale of what happens when grandiose political plans run against verdant prairie valleys. Specifically, it's the tale of backroom politicial trade-offs between governments that resulted in the building of two dams on the Souris River system in southern Saskatchewan that destroyed 80 kilometres of valley by permanent flooding. Politically inspired, economically unfeasible and environmentally ruinous, the dams became the subject of a long legal and political battle between farmers Ed and Harold Tetzlaff and the Saskatchewan government between the mid-1980s and the early 1990s. Ultimately, as Winnipeg lawyer Alan Scarth, who represented the brothers on a pro bono basis for years, said, 'The Tetzlaffs lost the battle [and their land, which was ultimately flooded], but won the war, for their case led to the creation of environmental law in Canada.' In addition to well-rounded profiles of many of the leading characters of the period, including Saskatchewan Premier Grant Devine, Deputy Premier Eric Berntson, federal Environment Ministers Tom McMillan and Lucien Bouchard, environmentalist Elizabeth May (now national Green Party leader), and North Dakota Congressman and later Senator Orlin Hanson, Dams of Contention begins and ends with the ultimate result of the contentious dam building -- the disastrous flooding of Minot, North Dakota, in 2011.

On the Fly

- by Wayne Tefs

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After fifteen long years the passion of Winnipeg’s hockey fans was reignited with the return of the Jets. On the Fly chronicles the return of professional hockey to the river city, capturing the thrill of every faceoff. From the last minute goals to the missed calls, Wayne Tefs reflects on what it is to be a fan and lose yourself in the ecstasy and agony of the game. Wayne Tefs was born in Winnipeg and grew up in northwestern Ontario. He has published eleven novels and short story collections as well as a work of non-fiction. His novel Moon Lake received the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction in 2000 and his novel Be Wolf won the 2007 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. He lives in Winnipeg with his wife and son.

The Politics of Knives

- by Jonathan Ball

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Jonathan Ball is the 2014 winner of the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Writer. The Politics of Knives is the winner of the 2013 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. Taking cues from myth, movies, history and horror, the poems in The Politics of Knives unsettle and subvert conventions poetic and social. At the book's heart is a meditation on violence. These poems bridge the gap between the conventional and the experimental, the intellectual and the visceral.

7 Generations

- by David Alexander Robertson

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Edwin is facing an uncertain future. Only by learning about his family's past - as warriors, survivors of a smallpox epidemic, casualties of a residential school - will he be able to face the present and embrace the future. 7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga follows one Indigenous family over three centuries and seven generations. This epic, four-part story is told in graphic-novel format with illustrations in vivid colour. Originally published as a four-part graphic novel series; Stone, Scars, Ends/Begins, and The Pact

Mike Grandmaison's Prairie and Beyond

- by Mike Grandmaison

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What You Get at Home

- by Dora Dueck

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Full of longing and melancholy, the stories in What You Get at Home find comfort and understanding in the unlikeliest of places. In "The Rocking Chair" a piece of furniture simultaneously divides a family and heals old wounds. The narrator in the title story finds a sense of belonging and purpose in a small pool of light and her favourite book. In "Chopsticks," a piano in a personal care home reminds a woman of the wonder and admiration she had for her father as a child. With the power of memory, the characters that inhabit What You Get at Home find the strength to carry on when life is at its most challenging. The second oldest of a family of eight children, Dora Dueck grew up in a Mennonite community in Alberta. An editor, writer and historian, Dora has published two previous novels, Under the Still Standing Sun (1989) and This Hidden Thing (2010) for which she won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. What You Get at Home is Dora's first collection of stories. She currently lives and writes in Winnipeg.

Sonar

- by Kristian Enright

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Winner of the 2013 Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book. Kristian Enright is the winner of the 2013 John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. Ginsberg saw the best minds of his generation destroyed by madness -- but what is madness? In a world that has traded Hansel and Gretel's breadcrumbs for Prozac and where zombies masquerade as the living, who is really mad? Through the eyes of an artist boxed in by tradtition, Kristian Enright's debut poetry collection Sonar wrestles with language, mental health and identity. With the echoed voices of the beat generation, postmodernism and prairie poetics at his side, the narrator, Colin Verbanofsky, confronts a world steeped in melancholy. Between his dreams and the reflected impressions of medical staff and fellow patients, Colin struggles to find a place for himself in the brilliance and sadness he sees around him. Like his poetic forebears, Enright deftly uses poetry to express his own profound and epic Howl.

Thunder Road

- by Chadwick Ginther

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Winner of the 2014 Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction as well as the 2013 Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher. In a flash, Ted Callan's world exploded. Now he's on the road looking for a fresh start. What he finds is a mysterious young woman named Tilda who tells him he's destined for more than an ordinary life. When three stout men assault Ted in his hotel room, ordinary starts to look very appealing. The next thing he knows, his body is covered in an elaborate Norse tattoo, complete with the power of the Gods. Accompanied by the trickster Loki and the beguiling Tilda, Ted wants nothing more than to have his old life back. No more tattoos. No more mystic powers. No more smart-ass Gods. The problem is, if he succeeds, it might just be the end of the world.

Bedtime Stories for the Edge of the World

- by Shawna Dempsey

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Into their re-imaginings of colonial North American myths, artists Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan have inserted women who question puritanical values of good and evil, right and wrong, and the sense of promise, space, resource, and opportunity that the so-called New World has traditionally implied. The eight short stories of this volume span the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, exploring the distinctly North American fictions that justice and equality exist, that infinite growth is feasible and desirable, and that anything is possible. Pirate queens, inventrixes and sideshow performers stumble through tall tales usually reserved for Lone Rangers and Horatio Algers; plucky spinsters, religious zealots, deities and office workers challenge well-worn fables that continue to shape North Americas notion of itself and its dreams for the future. These rollicking yarns of personal survival are set amidst shifting frontiers of power and possibility.

I Know Who You Remind Me Of

- by Naomi K Lewis

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Original and effortlessly clever, the stories in I Know Who You Remind Me of capture the sensibility of a generation with no cultural inhibitions to overcome. Naomi K. Lewis's characters bear the battlescars of adolescence and early adulthood - scars left when one classmate impersonates another in Internet pornography; a lover donates his eyeball in the heat of passion; sibling rivalry escalates into a low orbit. For these characters, everything is straight-on, never coy, and often deliciously funny.

Only Man in the World, The

- by Faith Johnston

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Heather York is trying to find balance in her life. Sure, her son Jeff is every parent’s dream, but Winn, headstrong and independent, makes being a single mom a real struggle. When a guilty conscience calls Heather to the side of her dying uncle, wheels are set in motion that will change her life forever. Meeting Les in a campground while returning from her uncle’s funeral, Heather discovers that sometimes happiness finds you when you’re least expecting it. The Only Man in the World is an understated story of what it means to be a woman and how to live a life of integrity and grace amid the changing fortunes of love. Originally from Shoal Lake, Manitoba, Faith Johnston is a Winnipeg writer and former Ottawa teacher. Her work has been published in Dropped Threads 2, The New Quarterly, Prairie Fire, Other Voices, and A Room of One’s Own. Her first book, A Great Restlessness looked at the life of Dorise Nielsen and was received with much acclaim. The Last Man in the World is her first novel.

Food for the Gods

- by Karen Dudley

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Pelops' troubles began when his father chopped him into stewing meat and served him to the gods for tea. Although he's been remade, and gifted with a talent for the culinary arts, there are downsides--namely a missing shoulder and sea god with an infatuation. Poseidon's nice enough, but he just doesn't take no for an answer. Not only that, a wealthy, but mysterious patron has been causing Pelops'clients to cancel their engagements. Meanwhile, a rival chef is doing his best to destroy Pelops' reputation, the woman Pelops loves appears oblivious to his feelings, and just before Athens' most important festival begins, Pelops finds himself suddenly without olive oil--a serious concern for a chef. But things get worse when a courtesan is murdered at a dinner Pelops prepares--drowned in his newly-acquired olive oil. Seeking vengeance, the Furies arrive in Athens, and the rival chef blames their attacks on Pelops. Clients cancel in droves, and even Pelops' friends are affected by his rival's machinations. Pelops asks the gods for help, but when they turn him down, he realizes he alone must find the woman's killer to salvage his reputation.

The Green-Eyed Queen of Suicide City

- by Kevin Marc Fournier - Great Plains Teen Fiction (series)

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Bethany, a beautiful and popular teen hangs herself the night before Halloween. Her devoted sister follows her into a frozen death, and a city where trees bleed along the banks of a river of blood. Meanwhile, Addy is visiting from Montreal, determined that Natalie's mother will give birth to her baby while she is there. Consider a baby born in a snowstorm, one girl who never sleeps and another who craves blood, ghostly footprints and dangling corpses, New Year's fireworks and an unexpected kiss, all tied to a legendary queen who lives in the hidden center of Suicide City.

The Last Song

- by Eva Wiseman

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Spain had been one of the world’s most tolerant societies for eight hundred years, but that way of life was wiped out by the Inquisition. Isabel’s family feels safe from the terrors, torture, and burnings. After all, her father is a respected physician in the court of Ferdinand and Isabella. Isabel was raised as a Catholic and doesn’t know that her family’s Jewish roots may be a death sentence. When her father is arrested by Torquemada, the Grand Inquisitor, she makes a desperate plan to save his life – and her own. Once again, master storyteller Eva Wiseman brings history to life in this riveting and tragic novel.