2015 Manitoba Book Award Shortlists Unveiled

The Manitoba Writers' Guild and the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers unveiled the shortlists for the 2015 Manitoba Book Awards on April 1st, celebrating the best of the province's writing and publishing.

We'd like to congratulation our members on their nominations:

  • ARP Books & The Kino-nda-niimi Collective for The Winter We Danced: Voices from the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement for the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher
  • Coteau Books & Alison Calder for In the Tiger Park for the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry
  • Freehand Books & Maurice Mierau for Detachment: An Adoption Memoir for the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award
  • Goose Lane Editions & Margaret Sweatman for Mr. Jones for the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award
  • J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing author Katherena Vermette, who wrote North End Love Songs, was nominated for the Beatrice Mosionier Aboriginal Writer of the Year Award; Carolyn Gray for The Miser of Middlegate for the Chris Johnson Award for Best Play by a Manitoba Playwright
  • Kegedonce Press author Deborah L. Delaronde, who wrote Emma's Gift, was nominated for the Beatrice Mosionier Aboriginal Writer of the Year Award
  • Palimpsest Press & Ariel Gordon for Stowaways for the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry
  • Playwrights Canada Press & Rick Chafe for The Secret Mask for the Chris Johnson Award for Best Play by a Manitoba Playwright
  • Signature Editions & designer Terry Gallagher of Doowah Design for the cover of Text Me / Dimmelo per SMS by Corrado Calabro, translated by Genni Gunn for the manuela Dias Design & Illustration Awards, Design category; Alison Preston for Blue Vengeance for the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction
  • Turnstone Press & Wayne Tefs for Barker for the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award; Brenda Sciberras for Magpie Days for the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book and the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer; Luann Hiebert for What Lies Behind for the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book and the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry; Jamis Paulson, designer of Kraken Bake by Karen Dudley for the manuela Dias Design & Illustration Awards, Design category; Karen Dudley for Kraken Bake for the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction and the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher; Brenda Hasiuk for Boy Lost in Wild for the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher

The winners will be announced at an awards gala at the Marlborough Hotel in Winnipeg on April 25th. To learn more abou the awards and to see a full list of this year's nominees, please visit the Manitoba Book Awards website.