I attended the Manitoba Book Awards on Saturday night, for the first time. My novel, Empty Cup, was shortlisted in the McNally Robinson Book for Young People, older category. I didn’t win, but having my first novel shortlisted is a true honour. I congratulate the winner, Eva Wiseman for her book The World Outside.
As I mentioned in a previous post, my publisher, Rebelight Publishing, had two of their inaugural novels in the same category. Empty Cup was nominated along side Larry Verstraete’s Missing in Paradise. An incredible feat for a new small publisher.
The theme of the night was the roaring 20’s!
Here is my writers’ group, The Anita Factor, all dressed up with some place to go.
It’s pretty incredible really – seven Anita’s have been published in the last twelve months. It’s been a wild year.
And the winner is!
Fellow Anita and Rebelight Publishing owner, Melanie Matheson, won in the McNally Robinson Best Book for Young People, younger category, for her picture book, Hokey Dowa Gerda and the Snowflake Girl. Congrats again my dear friend!
An absolute highlight for me was seeing Beatrice Mosionier, author of The Search for April Raintree. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the best picture, but I was stoked just the same. This is one of those books that everyone should read.I was hoping to meet her afterwards, but I couldn‘t find her in the crowd. Still, this is the author of the highest selling book of any Manitoba author. An new award recognizing aboriginal writers was named after her. I could go on and on, I was starstruck.
The Manitoba Book Awards was a truly wonderful experience and one that I look forward to taking in annually.
I would highly encourage people to check out different awards programs in their areas. You may be surprised what or who you discover!
I was going to blog about what an amazing year the members of my writing group, The Anita Factor, is having, however, one of my fellow members, MaryLou, who blogs at What Next? beat me to the punch. So, I’ll piggy back on her wonderful post. Thanks, MaryLou! It really has been a year of one fantastic story after another – literally and figuratively!
The nominees for the Manitoba Book Awards have been announced and three members of my writing group The Anitas have made the short lists. Suzanne Costigan is nominated in the fiction for older children category for her book Empty Cup. Suzanne’s novel has also been selected as a featured book in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Spring 2015 edition of Best Books for Kids & Teens.
Deborah Froese is among the nominees in the fiction for younger children category for her picture book Mr. Jacobson’s Window.
Melanie Matheson is nominated in the same category as Deborah, for her picture book Hokey Dowa Gerda and the Snowflake Girl.
Some other good news for The Anitas recently was the announcement that Jodi Carmichael’s novel Forever Julia was featured in an article in Quill and Quire. Jodi launches her book April 16th at McNally Robinson.
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Here’s how it panned out:
In the morning, I was sent an email telling me that Empty Cup has been shortlisted (nominated) for the Manitoba Book Awards, McNally Robinsons Best Book for Young People (Older Category)!!! I can’t tell you what an honour this is. I’m SO excited!
Not only that, but my fellow author from Rebelight Publishing, Larry Verstraete, was also shortlisted for his novel, Missing in Paradise, for the same category. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be sharing the spotlight with my good friend. Congratulations, Larry!
Not only that, but the editorial director of Rebelight Publishing, Deborah Froese, was also nominated for her picture book, Mr. Jacobson’s Window in the same category except for younger readers. Congratulations, Deb!
AND not only that, but the creative director of Rebelight Publishing, Melanie Matheson, was shortlisted for her picture book, Hokey Dowa Gerda and the Snowflake Girl in the same younger category. Congrats to Mel too!
So, there was much to be celebrated yesterday morning and there was much congratulations and cheer flying around on Facebook and Twitter and even through phone lines!
In the afternoon I took my boys to a matinee, Home. I normally leave my phone in my purse, however, I forgot and left it in my pocket. All through the movie I could feel vibration after vibration… which is why I leave it in my purse, so to not be distracted. However… I did ignore it until the end credits. To which I checked my text messages, and from (the afore mentioned) Deborah – “Check your email!!!!”
I checked my email and my jaw dropped. Again, Empty Cup and Missing in Paradise have been selected to be listed in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s (CCBC) Spring 2015 edition of Best Books for Kids & Teens (BBKT) magazine! This is national recognition across Canada aimed at teachers and librarians and authors. Congratulations again to my friend, Larry.
To receive such recognition in one day is astounding and I couldn’t be more thrilled!
We find out the winners at the Manitoba Book Awards on April 25th at the Awards Gala. Personally, I’m just so happy to be shortlisted that I’ll be ecstatic for whoever wins. Congratulations to all of the nominees and to all those recognized in the CCBC, BBKT!
Sunday was an exciting day!
I haven’t talked a lot about my book on this blog…one thing I can’t stand from others is the hard sell coming into my inbox, so I’ve been sparing my followers 🙂 But today, I’m going to talk about it…
You can read about Empty Cup here on my website. This page will be updated periodically with where to buy the book and new photos, character info and whatever else I find may be interesting to share that relates to my novel.
However, Sunday was filled with excitement as we launched three novels and I have some pictures to share with you.
Missing in Paradise
Four months after Gramp’s mysterious death, Nate helps out at Gram’s garage sale. An eerie feeling, as if Gramps were reaching beyond the grave to send Nate a message, leads Nate to a box full of clues. A missing plane. A secret to keep. A map highlighting the route where Gramps died and the message, “Shipment #35—Gold”.
Nate and his best friend, Simon, are convinced that Gramps was on a treasure hunt when he died. They’re just as convinced that Gram’s shifty next door neighbour, Fortier, is after the gold too. Nate and Simon sneak away on a Greyhound bus for the small town of Paradise where Nate is sure treasure awaits.
Can they find the gold before Fortier gets his thieving hands on a treasure that rightfully belongs to Gramps?
More than anything, Raven wishes for a knight to rescue her from a life of abuse. On her seventeenth birthday, her mom’s boyfriend assaults her. Mom blames Raven and kicks her out into a bitter winter night. As Raven struggles with the aftermath of betrayal, her knight appears in the form of a concerned teacher. But people are not always what they seem.
One Bright Future: Enslavement
“One world. One currency. One bright future.”
In the wake of global economic collapse, the OneEarth Bank promised world prosperity in exchange for compliance with the commerce chip insertions. Those who refuse the chip are vilified and labelled resistors—including Rielle James’s family.
On the day officers arrest her parents and seize her younger brother and sister, Rielle is assigned to a Community Service contract. Officially, contracts are portrayed as a way to rehabilitate kids from Resistor families, but in reality, they’re legalized slavery. Rielle’s contract is sold to the highest bidder—a wealthy and abusive banker. She quickly discovers that nothing in her owner’s home is as it appears. His seemingly perfect life is a facade that hides volatile secrets.
Escape means freedom and the possibility of finding her family–if she can pull it off. Prison or even death await if she fails.
We were all received well from the crowd that came to celebrate with us. We all had guests sign our own personal copies of our own books so we’d each have a keepsake from our day.
After the launch, an article came out in our local area newspaper – we made the front cover! You can see the article here.
It’s been an exciting time for all of us.
Author Contact info:
Larry Verstraete: www.larryverstraete.com
Melinda Friesen: www.melindafriesen.com
Me… contact page
We’re all happy to hear from you.
Where to buy our books:
McNally Robinson Booksellers
Chapters/Indigo.ca (if they are not available at the time of this posting they will be within a few days!)
and soon – everywhere!