There were a few surprises when the Manitoba Book Awards were presented Saturday, April 28, at the Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre
by Wayne Tefs landed five nominations but at the end of the gala awards night Tefs left empty handed.
The prestigious McNally Robinson
Book of the Year went to first time author Esmé Claire Keith for her debut novel Not Being on a Boat
Keith was up against strong competition, including Dancing, With Mirrors
by George Amabile (Porcupine's Quill), King: William Lyon MacKenzie King: A Life Guided by the Hand of Destiny
by Allan Levine (Douglas and McIntyre), Dale Barbour's Winnipeg Beach
(University of Manitoba Press) and the afore mentioned Bandit
by Wayne Tefs.
The John Hirsch
Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer is one of the longest running awards given out (since 1992).
This year Jennifer Still
, author of Girlwood,
took home the award. Still is formerly from Saskatchewan and now firmly ensconced in Winnipeg.
Jennifer joins the ranks of past winners David Bergen
, Miriam Toews
and Michael Van Rooy