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274 Garry St.
(Between Portage
& Graham)

Winnipeg, MB
Canada  R3C 1H3
204-943-7555

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I can't say enough about how much I love this store and restaurant. They have a great selection in a beautiful building with such an open and organic environment. Oh and the food at EAT Bistro is amazingly good. Thanks Kelly for all your work in the community. - Mellaina, Winnipeg

Manitoba Book Awards

2009 Manitoba Writing and Publishing Awards Winners Announced

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA - On Saturday, April 25/09 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Association of Manitoba Book Publishers presented the Manitoba Book Awards gala, hosted by CBC Radio’s Shelagh Rogers.

The winners were selected by a variety of juries, comprised of writers, publishers and other book industry personnel from across Canada.

Winners are in bold.

Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry/Prix Lansdowne de poésie
- Fear Not by Maurice Mierau, published by Turnstone Press
- La Métisse filante de Laurent Poliquin, publié par L’Harmattan
- The Sleeping Life by Kerry Ryan, published by The Muses’ Company, an imprint of J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing
- this is a small northern town by Rosanna Deerchild, published by The Muses’ Company, an imprint of J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing

(Click here for bios of the 2009 Aqua Lansdowne nominees)

McNally Robinson Book of the Year
- Fear Not by Maurice Mierau, published by Turnstone Press
- The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada
- Reading by Lightning by Joan Thomas, published by Goose Lane Editions
- The Retreat by David Bergen, published by McClelland and Stewart Ltd

Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction
- Behind the Headlines: A History of Investigative Journalism in Canada by Cecil Rosner, published by Oxford University Press
- Head Space: Five Decades of Bruce Head, essays by Patricia E. Bovey and Amy Karlinsky, published by The Winnipeg Art Gallery
- Lord Selkirk: A Life by J.M. Bumsted, published by University of Manitoba Press
- Politics in Manitoba: Parties, Leaders, and Voters by Christopher Adams, published by University of Manitoba Press
- Subconscious City, curated by Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan, essays by various contributors, published by The Winnipeg Art Gallery

Best Illustrated Book of the Year
- L’Étang du soir de J.R. Léveillé et Étienne Gaboury, graphiste Bernard Léveillé, publié par Les Éditions du Blé
- The Harry Winrob Collection of Inuit Sculpture, curated by Darlene Coward Wight, design by Frank Reimer, published by The Winnipeg Art Gallery
- Magic at the Museum, written and illustrated by Jane Heinrichs, published by Wide Horizons Ink Publishing
- Pauline Boutal, Destin d’artiste par Louise Duguay, graphiste Susan Chafe, publié par Les Éditions du Blé

Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award
- The Beech Nut of Big Water Beach by Margaret Shaw-MacKinnon, published by Aivilo Press
- The Prairie Bridesmaid by Daria Salamon, published by Key Porter Books Ltd.
- Saint-Boniface 1908-2008 : reflets d’une ville, sous la direction de André Fauchon et Carol J. Harvey, publié par les Presses universitaires de Saint-Boniface
- Subconscious City, curated by Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan, essays by various contributors, published by The Winnipeg Art Gallery
- Widows of Hamilton House by Christina Penner, published by Enfield & Wizenty

Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book
- The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson, published by Random House Canada
- The Prairie Bridesmaid by Daria Salamon, published by Key Porter Books Ltd.
- Reading by Lightning by Joan Thomas, published by Goose Lane Editions
- Somewhere Else by Jan Guenther Braun, published by Arbeiter Ring Publishing
- Widows of Hamilton House by Christina Penner, published by Enfield & Wizenty

John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer
- Rosanna Deerchild
- Christina Penner
- Daria Salamon
- Michael Van Rooy
- Adam Smoluk

Manuela Dias Book Design of the Year
- L’Étang du soir de J.R. Léveillé et Étienne Gaboury, graphiste Bernard Léveillé, publié par Les Éditions du Blé
- The Harry Winrob Collection of Inuit Sculpture, curated by Darlene Coward Wight, design by Frank Reimer, published by The Winnipeg Art Gallery
- Head Space: Five Decades of Bruce Head, essays by Patricia E. Bovey and Amy Karlinsky, published by The Winnipeg Art Gallery
- Pauline Boutal, Destin d’artiste par Louise Duguay, graphiste Susan Chafe, publié par Les Éditions du Blé
- Sheila Spence: Pictures of Me, curated by Mary Reid, design by Lisa Friesen, published by The Winnipeg Art gallery
- Subconscious City, curated by Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan, design by Lisa Friesen, published by The Winnipeg Art Gallery

The Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction
- The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada
- Reading by Lightning by Joan Thomas, published by Goose Lane Editions
- The Retreat by David Bergen, published by McClelland and Stewart Ltd

Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher
- Bush Camp by Marvin Francis, published by Turnstone Press
- Pauline Boutal, Destin d’artiste par Louise Duguay, publié par Les Éditions du Blé
- They Call Me Chief: Warriors on Ice by Don Marks, published by J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing

McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award – Older Category
- My Mother is a French Fry and Further Proof of my Fuzzed-Up Life by Colleen Sydor, published by Kids Can Press
- Shadow-Town by Duncan Thornton, published by Annick Press
- Withershins by Susan Rocan, published by Great Plains Publications
- Spider’s Song by Anita Daher, published by Penguin Group

McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award – Younger Category
- Andrea’s Fiddle by Blaine Klippenstein, illustrated by Christie Jedele, published by Loon Books Publishing
- Goose Girl by Joe McLellan and Matrine McLellan, illustrated by Rhian Brynjolson, published by Pemmican Publications
- Granny’s Giant Bannock by Brenda Isabel Wastasecoot, illustrated by Kimberly McKay-Fleming, published by Pemmican Publications

Le Prix littéraire Rue-Deschambault
- L’endroit et l’envers par Lise Gaboury-Diallo, publié par L’Harmattan
- Pauline Boutal, Destin d’artiste par Louise Duguay, publié par Les Éditions du Blé
- Voyages au pays des maléfices de Tatiana Arcand, publié par Les Éditions du Blé

The Association of Manitoba Book Publishers gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Book Awards partners: Aqua Books, The Canada Council for the Arts, Friesens, Hignell Book Printing, the Manitoba Arts Council, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, the Manitoba Foundation for the Arts, Manitoba Trade and Investment, McNally Robinson Booksellers, the Winnipeg Arts Council and the Winnipeg Foundation.

See the 2008 winners here.

See the 2007 winners here.

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