The second annual CBC Bookie Award winners

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On March 8, 2012, we revealed the categories and the books contending in each for the second annual CBC Bookie Awards

We asked you to cast your vote for your favourite read in each of the 10 categories. Thank you to everyone who voted! We can't wait to do it all again next year.


Without further ado, here are the winners of the second annual CBC Bookie Awards. Each winner receives an attractive CBC Bookie Award certificate.


Literary Fiction: The Blue Light Project by Timothy Taylor

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Finalists:

Alone in the Classroom by Elizabeth Hay

Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

Natural Order by Brian Francis

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt





Non-fiction: Eating Dirt by Charlotte Gill

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Finalists:

The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary by Andrew Westoll

Damned Nations by Samantha Nutt

The Measure of a Man by J.J. Lee

Something Fierce by Carmen Aguirre





Poetry: Folk by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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Finalists:

The Collected Poems of Patrick Lane edited by Donna Bennett & Russell Morton Brown

The Id Kid by Linda Besner

Killdeer by Phil Hall

Origami Dove by Susan Musgrave






Thriller, Mystery or Crime: The Beggar's Opera by Peggy Blair

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Finalists:

The Guardians by Andrew Pyper

A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley

A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny

The Water Rat of Wanchai by Ian Hamilton






Science Fiction, Fantasy or Speculative Fiction: The Pattern Scars by Caitlin Sweet

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Finalists:

The Fecund's Melancholy Daughter by Brent Hayward

In Other Worlds by Margaret Atwood

Triptych by J.M. Frey

Wonder by Robert J. Sawyer






Young Adult: The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

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Finalists:

Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones

No Ordinary Day by Deborah Ellis

This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel

Tilt by Alan Cumyn






Graphic Novel or Comic Book: Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton

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Finalists:

The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists by Seth

Highly Inappropriate Tales for Young People by Douglas Coupland

The Next Day by Paul Peterson and Jason Gilmore, illustrated by John Porcellino

Paying For It by Chester Brown






Short Story Collection: The Beggar's Garden by Michael Christie

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Finalists:

And Also Sharks by Jessica Westhead

The Meagre Tarmac by Clark Blaise

Once You Break a Knuckle by D.W. Wilson

This Will Be Difficult to Explain by Johanna Skibsrud






International Fiction: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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Finalists:

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst

The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obrecht






International Non-fiction: Bossypants by Tina Fey

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Finalists:

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larsen

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

A Widow's Story by Joyce Carol Oates


On Thursday, April 5, we hosted an "awards ceremony" and #canlit chat to reveal and discuss the winners. The chat was so busy that Twitter temporaily blocked @cbcbooks from updating. We apologize for that.

You can replay the chat below!