The 2013 CBC Bookie Award winners


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


The winner: J.K. Rowling

The finalists:

Richard Ford

E.L. James

Hilary Mantel

Salman Rushdie

Canadian Author of the Year


The winner: Will Ferguson

The finalists:

Alix Ohlin

Ross King

Candace Savage

Linda Spalding

New Kid on the Block Award


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


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


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