Friday 9 May 2014

2014 Libris Awards' shortlists: Canadian booksellers' awards

Each year, the Canadian Booksellers Association (CBA) presented the CBA Libris Awards, twelve awards for which each has a shortlist of nominees selected and announced in the spring.  Members of the Canadian Booksellers Association submitted their ballots in April for the announcement of the winners in June.  The Canadian Booksellers Association is now part of the Retail Council of Canada, though the Libris Awards are still voted on by members of the Canadian book publishing industry.

The twelve Libris Award categories, which all include a component related to the bookselling industry, include:
  • Author of the Year
  • Fiction Book of the Year
  • Non-Fiction Book of the Year
  • Campus Bookseller of the Year
  • Bookseller of the Year
  • Editor of the Year
  • Sales Rep of the Year (n.b. the qualifying region rotates between BC, the Prairies, Central Canada and the Atlantic provinces)
  • Distributor of the Year
  • Small Press Publisher of the Year
  • Publisher of the Year
  • Children's Picture Book of the Year
  • Young Readers' Book of the Year

Here are this year's nominees for the two awards specific to younger readers:

For a Canadian picture book from the previous year whose imaginative storyline and creative visuals engaged, entertained and delighted young children while generating customer attention and strong sales.

The Dark 
by Lemony Snicket
Illustrated by Jon Klassen 
HarperCollins Canada
The Night Before Christmas 
by Clement C. Moore
Illustrated by Barbara Reid 
Scholastic Canada
Lasso the Wind 
by George Elliott Clarke
Illustrated by Susan Tooke 
Nimbus Publishing
This Little Hamster 
by Kass Reich 
Orca Book Publishers
Warning: Do Not Open This Book! 
by Adam Lehrhaupt
Illustrated by Matthew Forsythe 
Simon & Schuster

For an outstanding Canadian literary work for young readers in the previous year that combines readability with strong sales—a book that captivated its intended reading audience with skillful, inventive and gripping storytelling.

Jane, the Fox and Me
by Fanny Britt
Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
Groundwood Books
A Taste of Heaven 
by Meg Tilly 
Puffin Canada
The Road to Afghanistan 
by Linda Granfield
Illustrated by Brian Deines 
North Winds Press

The Hypnotists 
by Gordon Korman 
Scholastic Press
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B 
by Teresa Toten 
Doubleday Canada

The winners will be announced on Monday, June 2, 2014 at the Retail Council of Canada’s annual Store Conference. 

More information about these awards can be found at the Libris 2014 announcement posting.

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