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A book detailing three centuries of beer and a debut novel about a Winnipeg Mennonite family have each picked up three Manitoba Book Awards nominations.

The Manitoba Writer’s Guild released the list of nominees in the 13 categories today; the awards will be presented April 27 at the West End Cultural Centre.

The Wittenbergs, by first-time novelist Sarah Klassen, picked up a nod in the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award, alongside the late Nick Ternette’s memoir Rebel Without a Pause, The Silent March by C.M. Klyne, Tombstone Blues by Chadwick Ginther, and Stuck in the Middle: Dissenting Views of Winnipeg, featuring text by Free Press reporter Bartley Kives as well as photographs by Bryan Scott.

Klassen also is nominated for the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction and the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher.

Meanwhile, 300 Years of Beer: An Illustrated History of Brewing in Manitoba netted authors Bill Wright and Dave Craig nominations for the Best Illustrated Book of the Year, the Manuela Dias Book Design of the Year, and the Mary Scorer for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher.

In the category of McNally Robinson Book of the Year, nominees are The Constructed Mennonite: History, Memory and the Second World War by Hans Werner, Kisiskatchewan: The Great River Road by Barbara Huck, and The Secret Mask by Rick Chafe.

2014 Manitoba Book Award Nominations

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Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction | Prix Alexander-Kennedy-Isbister pour les études et essays

  • Breathing Life into the Stone Fort Treaty: An Anishinabe Understanding of Treaty One / Aimée Craft / Purich Publishing Ltd.
  • Canadian Policing in the 21st Century / Robert Chrismas / McGill-Queen’s University Press.
  • The Constructed Mennonite: History, Memory, and the Second World War / Hans Werner / University of Manitoba Press
  • "Indians Wear Red": Colonialism, Resistance and Aboriginal Street Gangs / Elizabeth Comack, Lawrence Deane, Larry Morrissette & Jim Silver / Fernwood Publishing

Best Illustrated Book of the Year | Meilleur livre illustré de l’année

  • 300 Years of Beer: An Illustrated History of Brewing in Manitoba / Bill Wright & Dave Craig / Great Plains Publications / design by Relish New Brand Experience
  • Confessions sans pénitence / Lise Gaboury-Diallo / Les Éditions du Blé / graphiste Philippe Dupas / illustrations par Denis Devigne
  • Itty Bitty Bits / Anita Daher / Peanut Butter Press / illustrations by Wendy Bailey / design by Melanie Matheson, Blue Claw Studio
  • Would Someone Please Answer the Parrot! / by Beryl Young / Peanut Butter Press / llustrations by Jason Doll / design by Lee Huscroft

Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book

Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award | Prix littéraire Carol-Shields de la ville de Winnipeg

  • Rebel Without a Pause: A Memoir / Nick Ternette / Roseway Publishing, an imprint of Fernwood Publishing
  • The Silent March / by C.M. Klyne / Self-published
  • Stuck in the Middle: Dissenting Views of Winnipeg / text by Bartley Kives, photographs by Bryan Scott / Great Plains Publications
  • Tombstone Blues / Chadwick Ginther / Ravenstone Books, an imprint of Turnstone Press
  • The Wittenbergs / Sarah Klassen / Turnstone Press

John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer

  • Jonathan Ball
  • Melanie Dennis Unrau
  • Laurelyn Whitt

Lansdowne Prize for Poetry | Prix Lansdowne de poésie

  • Sûtra / J. R. Léveillé / Les Éditions du Blé
  • Tempo / Barthélemy Bolivar / Les Éditions du Blé
  • Tether / Laurelyn Whitt / Seraphim Editions

Manuela Dias Book Design of the Year| Prix Manuela-Dias de conception graphique en edition

  • 100 Masters: Only in Canada / Stephen Borys with Andrew Kear / the Winnipeg Art Gallery / design by Frank Reimer
  • 300 Years of Beer: An Illustrated History of Brewing in Manitoba / Bill Wright & Dave Craig / published by Great Plains Publications /design by Relish New Brand Experience.
  • Confessions sans pénitence / Lise Gaboury-Diallo / Les Éditions du Blé / graphiste Philippe Dupas / illustrations par Denis Devigne
  • Pīsim Finds Her Miskanow / William Dumas / HighWater Press (an imprint of Portage & Main Press) / design by Relish New Brand Experience Inc. / illustrations by Leonard Paul
  • Powwow Counting in Cree / Penny M. Thomas / HighWater Press (an imprint of Portage & Main Press), design by Relish New Brand Experience Inc., illustrations by Melinda Josie

Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction

Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher | Prix Mary-Scorer pour le meilleur livre par un éditeur du Manitoba

  • 300 Years of Beer: An Illustrated History of Brewing in Manitoba / Bill Wright and Dave Craig / Great Plains Publications
  • Condemned to Repeat: A Randy Craig Mystery / Janice MacDonald / Ravenstone, an imprint of Turnstone Press
  • Manitoba Butterflies: A Field Guide / Simone Hébert Allard / Turnstone Press
  • The Wittenbergs / Sarah Klassen / Turnstone Press

McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award – Younger Category

  • A Walk in Pirate’s Cove / Marisa Hochman / 36 Peonies Publishing Inc.
  • Powwow Counting in Cree / Penny M. Thomas / HighWater Press (an imprint of Portage & Main Press),
  • Surviving the Hindenburg / Larry Verstraete / Sleeping Bear Press

McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award – Older Category

  • The Fall / Colleen Nelson / Great Plains Teen Fiction
  • The Gypsy King / Maureen Fergus / Penguin Canada Books Inc
  • Pīsim Finds Her Miskanow / William Dumas / HighWater Press (an imprint of Portage & Main Press)

McNally Robinson Book of the Year

Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction (2012/2013)

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