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Manitoba Book Awards shortlists announced

The Manitoba Writers’ Guild and the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers have revealed the shortlists for this year’s Manitoba Book Awards. The winners will be announced at a free public gala in Winnipeg on April 28.

The 2012 nominees across 13 categories include:

Aqua Lansdowne Prize for Poetry

  • A Walker in the City by Méira Cook (Brick Books)
  • Girlwood by Jennifer Still (Brick)
  • Poème Pierre Prière by J.R. Léveillé (Éditions du Blé)

Best Illustrated Book of the Year

  • David’s Trip to Paraguay: The Country with Amazing Colours /Davids Reise in das Land der vielen Farben, Miriam Rudolph (CMU Press)
  • Reise in das Land der vielen Farben by Miriam Rudolph (Canadian Mennonite University Press)
  • The Imagination Manifesto: Book Three by John Toone; GMB Chomichuk, illus. (Alchemical Press)
  • Portraits of Winnipeg by Robert J. Sweeney (Turnstone Press)

Manuela Dias Book Design of the Year

  • Jamis Paulson, Alert to Glory by Sally Ito (Turnstone)
  • Jamis Paulson, Bandit: A Portrait of Ken Leishman by Wayne Tefs (Turnstone)
  • Bernard Léveillé, Poème Pierre Prière by J.R. Léveillé (Éditions du Blé)

Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book

  • A Large Harmonium by Sue Sorensen (Coteau Books)
  • Dadolescence by Bob Armstrong (Turnstone)
  • Winnie the Bear by M.A. Appleby (Self-published)

Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award

  • Bandit: A Portrait of Ken Leishman by Wayne Tefs (Turnstone)
  • Forgotten Heroes: Winnipeg’s Hockey Heritage by Richard Brignall (J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing)
  • Ravenscraig by Sandi Krawchenko Altner (Heartland Associates)
  • Winnipeg Beach: Leisure and Courtship in a Resort Town, 1900–1967 by Dale Barbour (University of Manitoba Press)

Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction

  • The Girl in the Wall by Alison Preston (Signature Editions)
  • The Imagination Manifesto: Book Three by John Toone; GMB Chomichuk, illus. (Alchemical Press)
  • The Thirteen by Susie Moloney (Random House Canada)
  • The Valedictorians by David Annandale (Ravenstone)

Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction

  • Bandit: A Portrait of Ken Leishman by Wayne Tefs (Turnstone)
  • The Girl in the Wall by Alison Preston (Signature)
  • A Large Harmonium by Sue Sorensen (Coteau)
  • Not Being on a Boat by Esmé Claire Keith (Freehand Books)
  • Twelve Drummers Drumming by C.C. Benison (Doubleday Canada)

Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction

  • The Blaikie Report: An Insider’s Look at Faith and Politics by Bill Blaikie (United Church Publishing House)
  • Canadian Labour in Crisis: Reinventing the Workers’ Movement by David Camfield (Fernwood Publishing)
  • Community and Frontier: A Ukrainian Settlement in the Canadian Parkland by John C. Lehr (UMP)
  • Good Places to Live: Poverty and Public Housing in Canada by Jim Silver (Fernwood)
  • King – William Lyon MacKenzie King: A Life Guided by the Hand of Destiny by Allan Levine (Douglas and McIntyre)

John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer

  • Bob Armstrong
  • Jonathan Ball
  • Jennifer Still

Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher

  • Alert to Glory by Sally Ito (Turnstone)
  • Bandit: A Portrait of Ken Leishman by Wayne Tefs (Turnstone)
  • Butterfly Winter by W.P. Kinsella (Enfield and Wizenty)
  • La plus belle Création de Corbeau by David Bouchard; Brigitte Lopez, illus. (Les Éditions des Plaines)
  • What the Bear Said: Skald Tales of New Iceland by W.D. Valgardson (Turnstone)

McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award

Younger kids category:

  • Annie’s Bright Idea: A Christmastime Adventure by Audrhea Lande; Jenny Prest, illus. (Self-published)
  • Nanabosho and the Butterflies by Joe and Matrine McLellan; Jackie Traverse, illus. (Pemmican Publications)
  • S is for Scientists: A Discovery Alphabet by Larry Verstraete; David Geister; illus. (Sleeping Bear Press)

Older kids category:

  • Case Files: 40 Murders and Mysteries Solved by Science by Larry Verstraete (Scholastic Canada)
  • Kingdom of Trolls by Rae Bridgman (Sybertooth)
  • Tori by Design by Colleen Nelson (Great Plains Teen Fiction)

McNally Robinson Book of the Year

  • Bandit: A Portrait of Ken Leishman by Wayne Tefs (Turnstone)
  • Dancing, with Mirrors by George Amabile (Porcupine’s Quill)
  • King – William Lyon MacKenzie King: A Life Guided by the Hand of Destiny by Allan Levine (Douglas & McIntyre)
  • Not Being on a Boat by Esmé Claire Keith (Freehand)
  • Winnipeg Beach: Leisure and Courtship in a Resort Town, 1900–1967 by Dale Barbour (UMP)

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