Lyon, MacIntyre, Crummey vie for Libris award

Canadian authors Michael Crummey, Annabel Lyon and Linden MacIntyre will compete for the Canadian Booksellers Association's best fiction book of the year award.

Canadian authors Michael Crummey, Annabel Lyon and Linden MacIntyre will compete for the Canadian Booksellers Association's best fiction book of the year award.

Nominations for the CBA's Libris awards, which celebrate the best in the book industry, were announced Thursday.

Crummy has been nominated for Galore, a novel set in a fictional Newfoundland whaling outport.

Lyon is up for The Golden Mean, a historical novel about Aristotle's relationship with Alexander the Great. It won the 2009 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.

MacIntyre is nominated for The Bishop's Man, the story of a Catholic priest in Nova Scotia who has to address the consequences of past coverups in the diocese. It won the 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Lyon and MacIntyre will also vie for the Libris author of the year award. The third author in the running for this award is veteran Canadian novelist Alice Munro, who published Too Much Happiness, a collection of short stories, in 2009.

Nominees for the best non-fiction book are:

  • Rick Hillier for A Soldier First: Billets, Bureaucrats and the Politics of War.
  • John English for Just Watch Me: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, 1968-2000.
  • Theo Fleury and Kirstie McLellan Day for Playing With Fire: The Highest Highs and Lowest Lows of Theo Fleury.
  • Wade Davis for The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World.

Nominees for young readers' book of the year are:

  • Kelley Armstrong for The Awakening.
  • Tim Wynne-Jones for The Uninvited.
  • Shane Peacock for Vanishing Girl: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Third Case.

Nominees for publisher of the year are:

  • House of Anansi Press.
  • Penguin Group (Canada).
  • Random House of Canada Ltd.

Nominees for small press publisher of the year are:

  • Arsenal Pulp Press.
  • Coach House Books.
  • Cormorant Books.

Nominees for editor of the year are:

  • Anne Collins, Random House of Canada.
  • Marc Côté, Cormorant Books.
  • Lynne Missen, HarperCollins Canada.

The awards are voted on by association members. The 2010 awards will be presented on May 29 at the CBA's national conference in Toronto.