Congratulations to all the recipients of the 2016 Manitoba Book Awards:

Lansdowne Prize for Poetry | Prix Lansdowne de poésie


Niche by Basma Kavanagh, published by Frontenac House Poetry

The Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Award(s) |

Prix Manuela-Dias de conception graphique et d’illustration en édition


Design Category :

The Land We Are: Artists & Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation, edited by Gabrielle L’Hirondelle-Hill and Sophie McCall, cover design by Sébastien Aubin, interior design by Relish New Brand Experience, published by ARP Books


General Illustration Category :

Warehouse Journal Volume 24, edited and cover design by Amanda Austin and Ainsley Johnston, published by University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture

Children’s Illustration Category:

Alexia Wants to Fly by Talia Pura, illustrated by Wai Tien, published by Lily Star Press 


Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher

Prix Mary-Scorer pour le meilleur livre par un éditeur du Manitoba


Life Among the Qallunaat by Mini Aodla Freeman, edited and with an afterword by Keavy Martin and Julie Rak, with Norma Dunning, cover design by Mike Carroll, interior design by Jess Koroscil, published by University of Manitoba Press


Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction


Nightwatching by Méira Cook, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction

Prix Alexander-Kennedy-Isbister pour les études et les essais


Letters to Brian: A Year of Living and Remembrance by Martha Brooks, published by Turnstone Press

 Award for Lifetime AchievementMorley Walker


Beatrice Mosionier Award for Aboriginal Writer of the Year Award

Prix Beatrice-Mosionier pour l’écrivain.e autochtone de l’année

Second place recipients:

Roland Vandal

David Alexander Robertson

And the first place recipient is:

Chantal Fiola

Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award

Prix littéraire Carol-Shields de la ville de Winnipeg

Winnipeg Cooks: Signature Recipes from the City’s Top Chefs by Robin Summerfield, published by Figure 1 Publishing


Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book

Street Sex Work and Canadian Cities: Resisting a Dangerous Order by Shawna Ferris, published by the University of Alberta Press

McNally Robinson Books for Young People Awards (younger)

Fur Is Only Fur Deep by Julia Schettler, illustrated by Sarah Neville, published by Peasantry Press


McNally Robinson Books for Young People Awards (older)


Forever Julia by Jodi Carmichael, published by Great Plains Teen Fiction, an imprint of Great Plains Publications

Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction

Put on the Armour of Light by Catherine Macdonald, published by Dundurn


John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer

Prix John-Hirsch pour L’écrivain.e manitobain le plus prometteur

Chantal Fiola

McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award


The Reason You Walk by Wab Kinew, published by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Canada Books Inc.


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