The Shortlist

The Manitoba Book Awards Announces 2017 Shortlist

Winnipeg, MB – Mar. 23, 2017 – The Manitoba Book Awards, with the assistance of the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers, is pleased to announce the shortlist of books published in 2016. The juries read an amazing 127 books submitted by publisher imprints from across Canada in both English and French.

The finalists will be invited to the Manitoba Book Awards Gala where the winners will be announced. The Manitoba Book Awards event takes place Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 7 pm at The Fort Garry Hotel. Tickets are available online at Manitoba Book Awards.

The awards honour books written by Manitobans, published in Manitoba or about Manitoba. More than $30,000 in prizes is awarded each year to Manitoba writers. The Manitoba Book Awards celebrates literary excellence, originality and diverse talent. 18 awards will be presented at the 29th annual Manitoba Book Awards .

The shortlisted finalists for the Manitoba Book Awards are as follows

Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction/Prix
Alexander-Kennedy-Isbister pour les études et essais
Abandoned Manitoba: From Residential Schools to Bank Vaults to Grain Elevators by Gordon Goldsborough, published by Great Plains Publications

Christmas in the Crosshairs: Two Thousand Years of Denouncing and Defending the World’s Most Celebrated Holiday by Gerry Bowler, published by Oxford University Press

Naamiwan’s Drum: The Story of a Contested Repatriation of Anishinaabe Artefacts by Maureen Matthews, published by University of Toronto Press
Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award/Prix littéraire
Carol Shields de la ville de Winnipeg
Aqueduct: Colonialism, Resources, and the Histories We Remember by Adele Perry, published by ARP Books

The Bootlegger’s Confession: A Sam Klein Mystery by Allan Levine, published by Ravenstone, an imprint of Turnstone Press

The Break by Katherena Vermette, published by House of Anansi Press

The Shadow Over Portage and Main: Weird Fictions, edited by Keith Cadieux and Dustin Geeraert, published by Enfield and Wizenty, an imprint of Great Plains Publications
Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Awards/Prix
Manuela-Dias de conception graphique et d’illustration en édition
DESIGN CATEGORY

Her Darling Boy: The letters of a mother, her beloved son and the heartbreaking cost of Vimy Ridge by Tom Goodman, cover design by Relish New Brand Experience, published by Great Plains Publications

Horse-and-Buggy Genius: Listening to Mennonites Contest the Modern World by Royden Loewen, cover design by David Drummond / Salamander Hill Design, interior design by Jess Koroscil, published by University of Manitoba Press

Hot Town and Other Stories by Janet Trull, cover design by M.C. Joudrey and Alana Brooker, published by At Bay Press

Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Issues in Canada by Chelsea Vowel, cover design by Relish New Brand Experience, published by HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage and Main Press

Thrashing Seasons: Sporting Culture in Manitoba and the Genesis of Prairie Wrestling by C. Nathan Hatton, cover design by Mike Carroll, interior design by Jess Koroscil, published by University of Manitoba Press

GENERAL ILLUSTRATED CATEGORY

Abandoned Manitoba: From Residential Schools to Bank Vaults to Grain Elevators by Gordon Goldsborough, design by Relish New Brand Experience, published by Great Plains Publications

Giants’ Well by Scott A. Ford, illustration and design by Scott A. Ford, published by Scott A. Ford

Manitoba: Land of the Unexpected, photographs and text by Mike Grandmaison, published by Les Éditions des Plaines

CHILDREN’S ILLUSTRATED CATEGORY

‘Dinosaurs’ of the Deep: Discover Prehistoric Marine Life by Larry Verstraete, illustrations by Julius Csotonyi, published by Turnstone Press

Rudiger and the Painted Door by Jonathan Toews, illustrated by Ryan Polinsky, Peasantry Press

Rust and Water, written by GMB Chomichuk, created and illustrated by Justin Currie, published by Chasing Artwork

Wilson, Do You Hear It? by Diane Van Wart, illustrated by Monika Hansen, designed by Jason Doll, published by Peanut Butter Press

GRAPHIC NOVEL:

Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story by David Alexander Robertson, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson, published by HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage and Main Press

A Blanket of Butterflies by Richard Van Camp, cover design by Relish New Brand Experience, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson, published by HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage and Main Press

Will I See? by David Alexander Robertson, illustrated by GMB Chomichuk, cover design by Relish New Brand Experience, based on the story by Iskwé and Erin Leslie, published by HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage and Main Press
Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction
Be Still the Water by Karen Emilson, published by Perpetual Books
The Break by Katherena Vermette, published by House of Anansi Press

Junkyard Lucy by Tony Nesca, published by Screamin’ Skull Press

Somewhere a Long and Happy Life Probably Awaits You by Jill Sexsmith, published by ARP Books

Stranger by David Bergen, published by Harper-Collins Publishers Ltd.
Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher/Prix
Mary-Scorer pour le meilleur livre par un éditeur du Manitoba
Abandoned Manitoba: From Residential Schools to Bank Vaults to Grain Elevators by Gordon Goldsborough, design by Relish New Brand Experience, published by Great Plains Publications

The Archaeologists by Hal Niedzviecki, cover design by Mike Carroll, interior design by Relish New Brand Experience, published by ARP Books

Departures by Dennis Cooley, design by Jamis Paulson, published by Turnstone Press

Gloryland by Carla Funk, design by Jamis Paulson, published by Turnstone Press

Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Issues in Canada by Chelsea Vowel, design by Relish New Brand Experience, published by HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage and Main Press

The Spanish Boy by C.S. Reardon, cover design by Doowah Design, published by Signature Editions

A Two-Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder by Ma-Nee Chacaby with Mary Louisa Plummer, design by Jess Koroscil, published by University of Manitoba Press
Lansdowne Prize for Poetry/Prix Lansdowne de poésie
Departures by Dennis Cooley, published by Turnstone Press

Martial Music by George Amabile, published by Signature Editions

Tell Them It Was Mozart by Angeline Schellenberg, published by Brick Books
McNally Robinson Book for Young People Awards
Younger:

A Dog Day for Susan by Maureen Fergus, illustrated by Monica Arnaldo, published by Owlkids Books

The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold by Maureen Fergus illustrated by Cale Atkinson, published by Tundra Books

When We Were Alone by David Alexander Robertson, illustrated by Julie Flett, design by Relish New Brand Experience, published by HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage and Main Press

Older:

Another Me by Eva Wiseman, published by Tundra Books

Prisoner of Warren by Andreas Oertel, published by Nimbus Publishing

Trouble Makes a Comeback by Stephanie Tromly, published by Kathy Dawson Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House
Le Prix littéraire Rue-Deschambault
FM Youth by Stéphane Oystryk, published by Les Éditions du Blé

Vices et déboires by Marcien Ferland, published by Les Éditions des Plaines
The Chris Johnson Award for Best Play by a Manitoba Playwright/Prix
Chris-Johnson pour la meilleure pièce par un dramaturge manitobain
Marriage: A Demolition in Two Acts by Rick Chafe, produced at Prairie Theatre Exchange, 2016

Social Studies by Trish Cooper, produced at Prairie Theatre Exchange, 2015, published by Scirocco Drama

Shiksa by Cairn Moore, produced at Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, 2016

Reservations by Steven Ratzlaff, produced at Theatre Projects, 2016
Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book
Her Darling Boy: The letters of a mother, her beloved son and the heartbreaking cost of Vimy Ridge by Tom Goodman, published by Great Plains Publications

Naamiwan’s Drum: The Story of a Contested Repatriation of Anishinaabe Artefacts by Maureen Matthews, published by University of Toronto Press

No Escape from Greatness by Jeffrey John Eyamie, published by Turnstone Press

Reflections by Karen E. Toole, self-published

Tell Them It Was Mozart by Angeline Schellenberg, published by Brick Books
John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer/Prix
John-Hirsch pour l’écrivain manitobain le plus prometteur
Naamiwan’s Drum: The Story of a Contested Repatriation of Anishinaabe Artefacts by Maureen Matthews, published by University of Toronto Press

No Escape from Greatness by Jeffrey John Eyamie, published by Turnstone Press

Social Studies by Trish Cooper, published by Scirocco Drama

Somewhere a Long and Happy Life Probably Awaits You by Jill Sexsmith, published by ARP Books

Tell Them It Was Mozart by Angeline Schellenberg, published by Brick Books
Beatrice Mosionier Aboriginal Writer of the Year Award/Prix
Beatrice Mosionier pourl’écrivain.e autochtone de l’année
I Don’t Like Bugs!/J’aime paa lii biibiits! by Edgar D. Desjarlais, illustrated by Kimberly McKay, published by Pemmican Publications Inc.

Gimiwan Last Nation by Trevor Greyeyes, in Mitewacimowina: Indigenous Science Fiction and Speculative Storytelling, published by Theytus Books

When We Were Alone by David Alexander Robertson, illustrated by Julie Flett, design by Relish New Brand Experience, published by HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage and Main Press

Will I See? by David Alexander Robertson, illustrated by GMB Chomichuk, cover design by Relish New Brand Experience, based on the story by Iskwé and Erin Leslie, published by HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage and Main Press
McNally Robinson Book of the Year
Aqueduct: Colonialism, Resources, and the Histories We Remember by Adele Perry, published by ARP Books

The Break by Katherena Vermette, published by House of Anansi Press

Horse-and-Buggy Genius: Listening to Mennonites Contest the Modern World by Royden Loewen, cover design by David Drummond / Salamander Hill Design, interior design by Jess Koroscil, published by University of Manitoba Press

Naamiwan’s Drum: The Story of a Contested Repatriation of Anishinaabe Artefacts by Maureen Matthews, published by University of Toronto Press

Reflections by Karen E. Toole, self-published

Somewhere a Long and Happy Life Probably Awaits You by Jill Sexsmith, published by ARP Books