The 2013 CBC Bookie Award winners

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We asked the Canadian public to weigh in by suggesting categories, recommending some finalists, and voting for the winners in the third annual CBC Bookie Awards! The polls closed on April 14. Thanks to everyone who participated!

It's time to find out which 14 lucky writers will receive a CBC Bookie Award certificate and bragging rights. Drum roll, please....



The Overlookie Bookie Award for Most Underrated Canadian Book


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The winner: Cosmo by Spencer Gordon


The finalists:

Mad Hope by Heather Birrell

Hands of the Tyrants by Michael Laverty

How to Get Along with Women by Elisabeth de Mariaffi

Bull Head by John Vigna






The Silver Screen Award for the Best Book-to-Screen Adaptation


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The winner: Life of Pi directed by Ang Lee


The finalists:

Rust and Bone directed by Jacques Audiard

Silver Linings Playbook directed by David O. Russell

On the Road directed by Walter Salles

Cloud Atlas directed by Tom Tykwer and Lana and Andy Wachowski






The Hot and Bothered Award for Steamiest Read


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The winner: Cherry Blossoms by Wes Funk


The finalists:

Maidenhead by Tamara Faith Berger

Geographies of a Lover by Sarah de Leeuw

High-Water Mark by Nicole Dixon

Anna From Away by D.R. MacDonald






The Brangelina Award for Most Attractive Book Cover


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The winner: The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus


The finalists:

Bloodland by Alan Glynn

Carnival by Rawi Hage

Who Could That Be at This Hour? (All the Wrong Questions Vol. 1) by Lemony Snicket

Building Stories by Chris Ware






Canadian Book You Would Most Recommend to Someone Who Doesn't Have Much Time to Read


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The winner: The Stone Thrower by Jael Ealey Richardson


The finalists:

Walls: Travels Along the Barricades by Marcello Di Cintio

The Shore Girl by Fran Kimmel

The Lava in My Bones by Barry Webster

Redefining Success by W. Brett WIlson






The Page-Turner Award for the Canadian Book You Couldn't Put Down


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The winner: Coast: An Act of Burial by Xander Richards


The finalists:

Psychology and Other Stories by C.P. Boyko

The Complete Lockpick Pornography by Joey Comeau

Beware This Boy by Maureen Jennings

And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier






The Up All Night Award for Most Spine-Tingling Canadian Book


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The winner: Beach Strip by John Lawrence Reynolds


The finalists:

Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay

Husk by Corey Redekop

Triggers by Robert J. Sawyer

The Blondes by Emily Schultz






The Ron MacLean Award for Most Hilarious Canadian Book


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The winner: Up and Down by Terry Fallis


The finalists:

Life Is About Losing Everything by Lynn Crosbie

Sussex Drive by Linda Svendsen

Sleeping Funny by Miranda Hill

Malarky by Anakana Schofield






The Box of Tissues Award for the Canadian Book That Made You Sob Uncontrollably


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The winner: Embedded on the Home Front edited by Joan Dixon, Barb Howard


The finalists:

The Tinsmith by Tim Bowling

One Good Hustle by Billie Livingston

The Age of Hope by David Bergen

Magnified World by Grace O'Connell






International Author of the Year


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The winner: J.K. Rowling


The finalists:

Richard Ford

E.L. James

Hilary Mantel

Salman Rushdie






Canadian Author of the Year


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The winner: Will Ferguson


The finalists:

Alix Ohlin

Ross King

Candace Savage

Linda Spalding






New Kid on the Block Award


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The winner: Bradley Somer for Imperfections


The finalists:

Kamal Al-Solaylee for Intolerable

Marjorie Celona for Y

Missy Marston for The Love Monster

Kim Thuy for Ru






Best International Book


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The winner: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain


The finalists:

This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

NW by Zadie Smith

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed






Best Canadian Book


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The winner: The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny


The finalists:

419 by Will Ferguson

Dear Life by Alice Munro

Above All Things by Tanis Rideout

Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

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