Nitinikiau Innusi longlisted for Winterset Award

Congrats to Tshaukuesh Elizabeth Penashue and editor Elizabeth Yeoman!

It’s so great to see Nitinikiau Innusi: I Keep the Land Alive, the Labrador Innu cultural and environmental activist’s memoir, recognized!


ArtsNL is pleased to announce this year’s BMO Winterset Award long list. The award celebrates excellence in Newfoundland and Labrador writing. On Wednesday, March 4, 2020, the three finalists will be revealed, before announcing the award winner at Government House on Thursday, March 26, 2020.

The six-title long list includes:

  • Lindsay Bird, Boom Time (Gaspereau Press), Kentville, NS
  • Sonja Boon, What the Oceans Remember: Searching for Belonging and Home (Wilfrid Laurier University Press), Waterloo, ON
  • Megan Gail Coles, Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club (House of Anansi Press Inc.), Toronto, ON
  • Michael Crummey, The Innocents (Doubleday Canada), Toronto, ON
  • Heather Nolan, This is Agatha Falling (Pedlar Press), St. John’s, NL
  • Tshaukuesh Elizabeth Penashue, Nitinikiau Innusi: I Keep the Land Alive (University of Manitoba Press), Winnipeg, MB

The winner will receive a prize of $12,500 and two finalists will each receive $3,000.

Books in any genre published in 2019 were eligible for the award. A total of 32 works by Newfoundland and Labrador authors (either native-born or resident) were submitted by publishers from across the country.

The Winterset Award honours the memory of Sandra Fraser Gwyn – St. John’s-born social historian, prize-winning author, and passionate promoter of Newfoundland and Labrador arts. Her husband, journalist and author Richard Gwyn, established the award in 2000, which is managed by ArtsNL. It is named after the historic house on Winter Avenue in St. John’s where Sandra grew up.

Finalists will read from their works and answer questions from the audience at a public reading and reception, to be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 7pm at The Rooms (in the Theatre), 9 Bonaventure Avenue in St. John’s.