Two awards for Runaway Wives!

35648082_1965141453517804_3188796222647304192_oRunaway Wives and Rogue Feminists won two Manitoba literary awards this month: the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Best Non-fiction, and the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book by a Manitoba author.

I had spent weeks trying to dissuade my family from attending the awards June 15 because I was up for three, and convinced they were going to watch me lose THREE TIMES.

This photo is of all the night’s literary winners. That’s me to the right with the big smile and the wrong-coloured sandals, apparently.

The fellow next to me is Michael Kaan, Book of the Year winner for his historical saga called The Water Beetles.¬†Heading to McNally’s this week to buy several of the winners’ books, plus a few (OK, more than a few) others.

The list is looking . . . expensive. But excellent.



Breaking (great) news …

Runaway Wives and Rogue Feminists has been nominated for three 2018 Manitoba book awards.

I am thrilled, and grateful to the judges, the Manitoba Writers’ Guild, Fernwood Publishing and pretty much the rest of the world.

The three nominations are the Eileen McTavish award for best first book; the Alexander Kennedy Isbister for best non-fiction; and the McNally-Robinson award for Book of the Year.

I’m also really happy for my friend and former Free Press colleague Bill Redekop, who is up for three awards himself (including best non-fiction) for his outstanding book on Lake Agassiz.

The shortlist is here: