My book 'Manitoba: Land of the Unexpected' has just been shortlisted for a 2017 Manitoba Book Award, specifically for a Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Awards/Prix Manuela-Dias de conception graphique et d’illustration en édition in the General Illustrated Category. The three nominated books are: (1) 'Manitoba: Land of the Unexpected' (design by Dave Maddocks, Shine Branding, photographs and text by Mike Grandmaison, published by Les Éditions des Plaines), (2) 'Abandoned Manitoba: From Residential Schools to Bank Vaults to Grain Elevators' by Gordon Goldsborough (design by Relish New Brand Experience, published by Great Plains Publications) and (3) 'Giants’ Well' by Scott A. Ford (illustration and design by Scott A. Ford, published by Scott A. Ford). Congratulations to both Gordon Goldsborough and Scott A. Ford for your nominations. Heartfelt thanks go to Joanne Therrien of Les Editions des Plaines for the opportunity to produce this book about my adopted province. Thank you also Dave Maddocks (Shine Branding) for you assistance and design with the book.
The Manitoba Book Awards celebrates literary excellence, originality and diverse talent. These awards are sponsored by The Manitoba Book Awards, with the assistance of the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers. From an astonishing 127 books published in 2016 and submitted by publisher imprints from across Canada in both English and French, 18 awards will be presented at the 29th annual Manitoba Book Awards. More than $30,000 in prizes is awarded each year to Manitoba writers. The Manitoba Book Awards Gala takes place Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 7 pm at The Fort Garry Hotel. Tickets are available online at Manitoba Book Awards.