Winnipeg's Great War leads Manitoba Book Awards short list

Manitoba’s best books up for 12 prizes at annual awards

A history of Winnipeg’s contribution to the First World War has garnered the most nominations in this year’s Manitoba Book Awards.

Winnipeg’s Great War: A City Comes of Age by University of Manitoba librarian Jim Blanchard has received nods for the Alexander Isbister non-fiction prize, the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award, and the Mary Scorer Award for best book by a Manitoba publisher, the U of M Press.

Meanwhile, three novels, a memoir and a poetry collection, all by women, are in the running for the McNally Robinson Book of the Year.

Twelves prizes, worth about $30,000 in total, will be handed out at the Manitoba Book Awards April 17 at the Centre culturel franco-manitobain.

The nominations were released Monday by the event’s co-producers, the Manitoba Writers’ Guild and the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers.

The novels A Cycle of the Moon by Uma Parameswaran, Curiosity by Joan Thomas and This Hidden Thing by Dora Dueck are up against the memoir Out of Grief Singing by Charlene Diehl, and the poetry collection Walking to Mojacar by Di Brandt, published by Turnstone Press.

David Bergen’s Giller Prize-nominated novel The Matter With Morris has been nominated for the Carol Shields award and the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction.

The Thomas and Dueck novels also received nods for the Laurence prize, worth $3,500, as did Autumn, One Spring by Patti Grayson and Baldur’s Song by David Arnason.

Crime novelist Michael Van Rooy, who died in January, is nominated in the Carol Shields category for his final book, A Criminal to Remember.

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