WONDER WORLD, the debut novel by queer novelist K.R. Byggdin wins the 2023 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award
At the Atlantic Book Awards ceremony in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Manitoban ex-pat K.R. Byggdin was announced as the winner of $30,000 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. Byggdin’s debut novel Wonder World, published by Manitoba publisher Enfield & Wizenty, is a refreshing coming-of-age story that challenges stereotypes of rural life. Of the book, the Raddall jury said, “As funny and sassy as it is poignant and observant, Wonder World is a virtuoso exploration of love and hope, a story of building bridges to family and community while staying true to oneself.”
More information on the award and the other nominees can be found at the Atlantic Book Awards website.
We are pleased to announce Lyse Champagne’s The Light That Remains has been shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award!
The Jury had this to say about Lyse’s exceptional collection:
Through the brutal lens of war, the stories in The Light that Remains span the twentieth century and travel the globe. Readers are caught up in the lives of innocent people in Armenia, the Ukraine, Hong Kong, France, Cambodia, and Rwanda, whose lives are irrevocably changed by the harrowing cruelties of war. With clear, elegant prose and a compassionate voice, Lyse Champagne explores loss, love, kindness, hope, despair, the need to survive. In so doing, she forces into the reader’s heart a deeper understanding of the anguish and strength that resides in the human spirit when worlds are shattered beyond recognition.
Congratulations to all of the nominees!
The Manitoba Book Awards have announced this year’s shortlist, and we are delighted to see Great Plains authors on the list!
Gordon Goldsborough’s Abandoned Manitoba is up for the Isbister Award for Non-Fiction, the Manuela Dias Book Design Award for General Illustration and the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher.
Her Darling Boy by Tom Goodman is up for the Manuela Dias Book Design Award for cover design and we are thrilled to see Tom recognized in the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book category.
Rounding out our nominations is The Shadow Over Portage and Main, edited by Keith Cadieux and Dustin Geeraert, which is up for the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award. Great to see all of the Weird writers recognized for their creepy take on Winnipeg.
Congratulations to all of the nominees! For details on the awards, visit the Manitoba Writers’ Guild event page.
Congratulations to Richard Van Camp and all of the ReLit Awards Shortlist nominees. We are thrilled to see Night Moves on this distinguished list!
We are back from an excellent holiday break. We hope you had the chance to spend quality time with friends and family!
Excellent news for our first 2016 Monday: Hello Sweetheart is on the ReLit Shortlist. This collection from Elaine McCluskey received a strong critical response when it came out, and it’s great to see it now garning attention from the awards. Congratulations, Elaine!
Both Wish You Were Here and From The Barren Lands made it back onto the Bestseller list in Manitoba during the holiday rush, while Madder Carmine popped back on the Edmonton list. If you are still in need of copies, venture out to your local bookstore now that you don’t have to wait in line!