About the English-language non-fiction winner Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age (Douglas & McIntyre), the panel said the book “dares to immerse readers in provocative contemporary issues including gender fluidity, familial violence and transcultural hybridity. A fast-moving, intimate memoir of dreams and nightmares — lyrical and gritty, raw and vulnerable, told without pity, but with phoenixlike strength.”
This year’s poetry winner was Wayside Sang by Cecily Nicholson of Burnaby, B.C. (Talonbooks). The prize for drama went to Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom (Playwrights Canada Press) by Jordan Tannahill, who is currently living in Budapest, Hungary. The winner of the Young People’s Literature — Text category was Sweep: The Story of a Girl and her Monster by Jonathan Auxier Swissvale, (Puffin Canada/Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers), while the prize for Young People’s Literature — Illustrated Books was won by They Say Blue by Toronto’s Jillian Tamaki (Groundwood Books).
The prize for Translation from English to French was won by Descent Into Night, translated by Phyllis Aronoff and Howard Scott (Mawenzi House Publishers), a translation of Explication de la nuit by Edem Awumey.
Along with the main prizes, the publisher of each winning book receives $3,000 to support marketing and promotion, and non-winning finalists each receive $1,000.
The awards will be presented Nov. 28. Public readings will take place Nov. 28 and 29 at the Canada Council, 150 Elgin St., Ottawa, with a chance to meet the winners. See ggbooks.ca for a full list of winners.