2016 Manitoba Book Awards Shortlist Released

The Manitoba Book Awards announced the nominees for the 2016 shortlist. Across 15 different categories, these awards celebrate the diverse talent to be found in Manitoba for writing, design, illustration, and publishing. The winners will be announced on April 30th at a gala event in Winnipeg.

Congratulations to our members and their authors who received nominations:

ARP Books & Sébastien Aubin and Relish New Brand Experience for The Land We Are: Artists & Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation, edited by Gabrielle L’Hirondelle-Hill and Sophie McCall, nominated for the Manuela Dias Book Design Award

BookLand Press & Rosanna Deerchild for Calling Down the Sky, nominated for the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award

Brick Books & Méira Cook for Monologue Dogs by, nominated for the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award

Coteau Books

  • Erna Buffie for Let Us Be True, nominated for the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction and the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book
  • Patti Grayson for Ghost Most Foul, nominated for the McNally Robinson Books for Young People Awards (older)

Hagios Press & Donna Besel for Lessons from a Nude Man, nominated for the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction

J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing & Roland Vandal for Off the Ropes: My Story, as told to Carlene Rummery, nominated for the Beatrice Mosionier Award for Aboriginal Writer of the Year

Signature Editions

  • Catherine Hunter for After Light, nominated for the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher, the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award, and the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award
  • Alison Preston for Blue Vengeance, nominated for the Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction

Turnstone Press

  • Chadwick Ginther for Too Far Gone, nominated for the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher and the Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction
  • Jamis Paulson for Exquisite Monsters by K.I. Press, nominated for the Manuela Dias Book Design Award
  • Joanne Epp, author of Eigenheim, was nominated for John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer
  • Karen Dudley for Kraken Bake, nominated for the Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction
  • Leo Brent Robillard for The Road to Atlantis, nominated for the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher
  • Martha Brooks for Letters to Brian: A Year of Living and Remembrance, nominated for the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction

To learn more about the awards and to view a full list of this year's nominees, please visit the Manitoba Book Awards website.