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Announcing the recipients of the 2019 Manitoba Book Awards / Les Prix du livre du Manitoba 

May 4, 2019, Winnipeg MB: The Manitoba Book Awards / Les Prix du livre du Manitoba proudly presented 11 separate awards recognizing excellence in Manitoba writing, book design, and publishing at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on Friday evening, May 3, 2019. Congratulations to all the recipients and nominees!  

**May 8, 2019, Winnipeg MB: CORRECTION: In 2019, the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award was declared a tie by the jury who selected two recipients for the prestigious award for best first book by a Manitoba author. Due to a record-keeping error, only one recipient, Tasha Spillett, was announced at the event on May 3.  The Manitoba Book Awards / Les Prix du livre du Manitoba is proud to announce that Clean Sweep by Michael J. Clark, published by ECW Press, was also selected as a recipient of the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Author. 

McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award 

Presented to the Manitoba writer whose English-language book is judged the best written. (Sponsor: McNally Robinson Booksellers) 

RECIPIENT:  

More Abandoned Manitoba: Rivers, Rails and Ruins by Gordon Goldsborough, published by Great Plains Publications 

SHORTLIST: 

Glitter and Fall: Laozi's Dao De Jing: Transinhalations by Di Brandt, published by Turnstone Press  
Paul Is Dead by C.C. Benison, published by Signature Editions 
More Abandoned Manitoba: Rivers, Rails and Ruins by Gordon Goldsborough, published by Great Plains Publications 

McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award: Older Category 

Presented to the Manitoba writer whose English-language book is judged the best written for readers aged 9-18. (Sponsor: McNally Robinson Booksellers) 

RECIPIENT: 

Monsters by David A. Robertson, published by HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage & Main Press 

SHORTIST: 

Ark Land by Scott A. Ford, published by ChiZine Publications (ChiGraphic) 
Monsters by David A. Robertson, published by HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage & Main Press  
Trouble Never Sleeps by Stephanie Tromly, published by Penguin Random House  

Manitoba Indigenous Writer of the Year Award / Prix de  l’écrivain.e  autochtone  manitobain.e  de  l’année  

Presented to Indigenous writers who demonstrate excellence in writing and engagement in work that supports and encourages Indigenous writing in Manitoba. (Sponsor: Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture, University of Manitoba) 

RECIPIENT: 

Tasha Spillett 

Runners-up: 

Rosanna Deerchild 
David A. Robertson 

Shortlist:  

Joseph Bird 
Rosanna Deerchild 
Dallas Hunt 
David A. Robertson 
Tasha Spillett 

Le Prix  littéraire  Rue-Deschambault  

Commèmore l’auteure Gabrielle Roy, qui a passé son enfance sur la rue Deschambault à Saint-Boniface. (Parrainer: Le Ministère du Sport, Culture et Patrimoine Manitoba) 

RECIPIENT:  

L’enfant rouge par Bertrand Nayet, publié par Les Éditions du Blé  

SHORTLIST: 

Empreintes par Lise Gaboury-Diallo, publié par Les Éditions du Blé  
L’enfant rouge par Bertrand Nayet, publié par Les Éditions du Blé  
Une terrasse en mai par Simone Chaput, publié par Leméac Éditeur 

Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction  

Presented to the Manitoba writer whose book is judged the best book of adult fiction. (Sponsor: Province of Manitoba, Department of Sport, Culture and Heritage) 

RECIPIENT:  

Small Predators by Jennifer Ilse Black, published by ARP Books  

SHORTLIST: 

Lost Aria by Carmelo Militano, published by Ekstasis Editions  
Paul Is Dead by C.C. Benison, published by Signature Editions  
Small Predators by Jennifer Ilse Black, published by ARP Books  

Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction / Prix Alexander-Kennedy-Isbister  pour les études et  essais  

Presented to the Manitoba writer whose book is judged the best book of adult non-fiction. (Sponsor: Province of Manitoba, Department of Sport, Culture and Heritage) 

RECIPIENT:  

Structures of Indifference: An Indigenous Life and Death in a Canadian City by Mary Jane Logan McCallum and Adele Perry, published by University of Manitoba Press  

Shortlist:  

Bird-Bent Grass: A Memoir, in Pieces by Kathleen Venema, published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press  
Coming Back to Jail: Women, Trauma, and Criminalization by Elizabeth Comack, published by Fernwood Publishing  
The Emperor’s Orphans by Sally Ito, published by Turnstone Press  
Literary Impostors: Canadian Autofiction of the Early Twentieth Century by Rosmarin Heidenreich, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press  
Seeking the Fabled City: The Canadian Jewish Experience by Allan Levine, published by McClelland & Stewart  
Structures of Indifference: An Indigenous Life and Death in a Canadian City by Mary Jane Logan McCallum and Adele Perry, published by University of Manitoba Press  

Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher / Prix Mary-Scorer pour le  meilleur  livre par un  éditeur  du Manitoba  

Books are judged on innovation of content, quality of writing, excellence in design and illustrations, and promotional activity and market acceptance. (Sponsor: Friesens) 

RECIPIENT:  

Stolen City: Racial Capitalism and the Making of Winnipeg by Owen Toews,  cover and interior design by Urbanink, published by ARP Books  

SHORTLIST:  

More Abandoned Manitoba: Rivers, Rails and Ruins by Gordon Goldsborough, design by Relish New Brand Experience, published by Great Plains Publications  
Rooster Town: The History of an Urban Métis Community, 1901 – 1961 by Evelyn Peters, Matthew Stock, and Adrian Werner, cover design by Frank Reimer, interior design by Jess Koroscil, cover photo by Gerry Cairns (Winnipeg Free Press collection), published by University of Manitoba Press  
Sea Over Bow: A North Atlantic Crossing by Linda Kenyon, cover design by Doowah Design, published by Signature Editions  
Stolen City: Racial Capitalism and the Making of Winnipeg by Owen Toews, cover and interior design by Urbanink, published by ARP Books  
You Don’t Know Me, But You Love Me: The Lives of Dick Miller by Caelum Vatnsdal, cover and interior design by Relish New Brand Experience, published by ARP Books  

Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book by a Manitoba Author  

Awarded to the Manitoba writer whose first professionally-published book is deemed the best written. (Sponsor: The Winnipeg Foundation) 

RECIPIENTS:  

Clean Sweep by Michael J. Clark, published by ECW Press  
Surviving the City written by Tasha Spillett, illustrated by Natasha Donovan,   published by HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage & Main Press 

SHORTLIST: 

Clean Sweep by Michael J. Clark, published by ECW Press  
Learning the Hard Way by Joseph Bird, published by Goldrock Press, with support from the Manitoba Arts Council   
Night Became Years by Jason Stefanik, published by Coach House Books  
Surviving the City, written by Tasha Spillett, illustrated by Natasha Donovan, published by HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage & Main Press  

Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award / Prix  littéraire  Carol-Shields de la  ville  de Winnipeg  

Recognizes books that evoke the special character of and contribute to the appreciation understanding of the City of Winnipeg. (Sponsor: Winnipeg Arts Council, with funding from the City of Winnipeg) 

RECIPIENT:  

Stolen City: Racial Capitalism and the Making of Winnipeg by Owen Toews, published by ARP Books 

SHORTIST: 

Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead, published by Arsenal Pulp Press  
Little Fish by Casey Plett, published by Arsenal Pulp Press  
Night Became Years by Jason Stefanik, published by Coach House Books  
Small Predators by Jennifer Ilse Black, published by ARP Books  
Stolen City: Racial Capitalism and the Making of Winnipeg by Owen Toews, published by ARP Books 

Chris Johnson Award for Best Play by a Manitoba Playwright / Prix Chris-Johnson pour la meilleure pièce par un dramaturge manitobain  

Presented for the best play published or produced in Manitoba in 2017 or 2018 by a Manitoba playwright. (Sponsor: Manitoba Association of Playwrights) 

RECIPIENT:

The Flats by Ginny Collins, produced by Prairie Theatre Exchange and Cercle Molière   

SHORTLIST: 

Deserter by Daniel Thau-Eleff, produced by Moving Target Theatre Company      
L’Ennemi du Peuple par Rhéal Cenerini, produite par le Cercle Molière, publiée par Les Éditions du Blé  
The Flats by Ginny Collins, produced by Prairie Theatre Exchange and Cercle Molière   
How the Heavens Go by Joseph Aragon, produced by Prairie Theatre Exchange  
Nanabozho et Le Tambour par Rhéal Cenerini, produite par le Cercle Molière, publiée par Les Éditions du Blé  
Sarah Ballenden by Maureen Hunter, produced by the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, published by Scirocco Drama, an imprint of J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing  

Manuela Dias Design and Illustration Awards / Prix Manuela-Dias de conception graphique et d’illustration en édition  

Eligible books are judged on artistic merit, innovation of form, quality of production values, and appropriateness for the intended market. 

            I. Book Design / Conception de livre  

RECIPIENT:  

Small Predators by Jennifer Ilse Black, cover artwork and design by Kenneth Lavallee, interior design by Relish New Brand Experience, published by ARP Books   

 
SHORTLIST: 

Family of Spies: Paris by Jodi Carmichael, design by Relish New Brand Experience, interior illustrations by Jamie Gatta, published by Yellow Dog, an imprint of Great Plains Publications   
Inuit Stories of Being and Rebirth: Gender, Shamanism, and the Third Sex by Bernard Saladin d’Anglure, cover design by Marvin Harder, interior design by Jess Koroscil, cover art by Pitaloosie Saila (Arctic Madonna, Winnipeg Art Gallery collection), published by University of Manitoba Press   
Rooster Town: The History of an Urban Métis Community, 1901 – 1961 by Evelyn Peters, Matthew Stock, and Adrian Werner, cover design by Frank Reimer, interior design by Jess Koroscil, cover photo by Gerry Cairns (Winnipeg Free Press collection), published by University of Manitoba Press  
Small Predators by Jennifer Ilse Black, cover artwork and design by Kenneth Lavallee, interior design by Relish New Brand Experience, published by ARP Books   
Stolen City: Racial Capitalism and the Making of Winnipeg by Owen Toews, cover and interior design by Urbanink, published by ARP Books   
Structures of Indifference: An Indigenous Life and Death in a Canadian City by Mary Jane Logan McCallum and Adele Perry, cover design by Mike Carroll, interior design by Jess Koroscil, published by University of Manitoba Press   

            II. General Illustration / Illustration et iconographie

RECIPIENT:  

IKWE: Honouring Women, Life Givers, and Water Protectors written and illustrated by Jackie Traverse, image editing/cover design by Melody Morrissette, published by Roseway Publishing, an imprint of Fernwood Publishing   

SHORTLIST :

compositions de J.R. Léveillé, maquette de couverture de Bernard Léveillé, mise en page de Bernard Léveillé et Chanh To (Rinella Printers), et Philippe Dupas (Appeal Graphics), publié par Les Éditions du Blé  
Exploring the Old Trans-Canada East: Canada’s Route 66 by Clint Cannon, design by Kendra Jacob-Azevedo, maps by Dawn Huck, published by Heartland Associates Inc.  
IKWE: Honouring Women, Life Givers, and Water Protectors, written and illustrated by Jackie Traverse, image editing and cover design by Melody Morrissette, published by Roseway Publishing, an imprint of Fernwood Publishing   
Warehouse Journal: Volume 27, edited and designed by Liana Thomson and Jinnette Alvaran, published by University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture  

            III. Graphic Novel / BD roman

RECIPIENT:  

Surviving the City written by Tasha Spillett, illustrated by Natasha Donovan,   design by Relish New Brand Experience, cover art by Natasha Donovan, lettering by Donovan Yaciuk, published by HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage & Main Press   

SHORTLIST:

Pemmican Wars (Vol. 1 of A Girl Called Echo), written by Katherena Vermette, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson, coloured by Donovan Yaciuk, published by HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage & Main Press  
Surviving the City, written by Tasha Spillett, illustrated by Natasha Donovan, design by Relish New Brand Experience, cover art by Natasha Donovan, lettering by Donovan Yaciuk, published by HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage & Main Press   
Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming, written by Ann Marie Fleming, illustrations and cover artwork by Kevin Langdale, cover design by Ryan Ferrier, published by Bedside Press   

The Manitoba Book Awards / Les Prix du livre du Manitoba  recognize excellence in Manitoba writing, book design, and publishing. 

For more information on the Manitoba Book Awards, contact:  
Book Awards Coordinator   
Email: info (at) manitobabookawards.com  

Website: manitobabookawards.com  

Facebook: @mbbookawards  
Instagram: @mbbookawards

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