WINNIPEG, MANITOBA – The Association of Manitoba Book Publishers is pleased to announce the Manitoba Book Awards shortlists. The awards will be presented at the Manitoba Book Awards gala, hosted by CBC Radio’s Shelagh Rogers, on Saturday, April 25 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Cocktails are at 7:30 p.m., with the ceremony beginning at 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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

And the nominees for the awards for books for young people are…

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

Also of note for those interested in books for young people is the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award shortlist:

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

For a complete list of all of the shortlisted books, please visit

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.

For more information contact.

Karen San Filippo
Manitoba Book Awards Coordinator
Association of Manitoba Book Publishers
404-100 Arthur St., Winnipeg, MB R3B 1H3
(204) 947-3335