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Brave New Words: The Manitoba Writing and Publishing Awards is a gala, held annually in April in Winnipeg, Manitoba, celebrating the best of Manitoban publishing from the previous year. Brave New Words celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2008.

Depending on the year, there are several awards conferred, as some of the awards are only bestowed biannually. The awards are co-produced by the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers and the Manitoba Writers' Guild.

Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry

Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry/prix Lansdowne de poésie, established in 2007, was awarded annually to the best full length adult book of poetry in either French or English by a resident of Manitoba, Canada. One of the Brave New Words Awards, it was originally known as the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. Late in 2007, it was renamed after the new sponsor Aqua Books, and also to reflect the bilingual nature of the award. The Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry Reading Series, hosted in conjunction with The Writers' Collective, was based on this award. Aqua Books closed in early 2012, although they continued to sponsor the award through 2013. In 2014, the award was presented by the Manitoba Writers Guild.

Honorees

2013

Award Title Author/Winner
McNally Robinson Book of the Year The House on Sugarbush Road Meira Cook
Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction Creation and Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art Darlene Coward Wight
Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book Sonar Kristian Enright
Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher Thunder Road Chadwick Ginther
Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award The Age of Hope David Bergen
Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry The Politics of Knives Jonathan Ball
Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction The Age of Hope David Bergen
McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award - Older The Green-Eyed Queen of Suicide City Kevin Marc Fournier
Manuela Dias Award for Book Design Warehouse Journal Vol. 21 Nicole Hunt and Brandon Bergem
Le Prix Littéraire rue-Deschambault La Révolution Tranquille Raymond – M. Hebert
Best Illustrated Book of the Year Imagining Winnipeg: History through the Photographs of L.B. Foote Esyllt Jones
John Hirsch Most Promising Writer Award Kristian Enright
Lifetime Achievement Award Dennis Cooley

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2012

Award Title Author/Winner
McNally Robinson Book of the Year Not Being on a Boat Esmé Claire Keith
Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction King: William Lyon MacKenzie King: A Life Guided by the Hand of Destiny Allan Levine
Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book A Large Harmonium Sue Sorensen
Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher Butterfly Winter W. P. Kinsella
Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award Ravenscraig Sandi Krawchenko Altner
Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry Poème Pierre Prière J. R. Léveillé
Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction The Girl in the Wall Alison Preston
McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award - Older Tori by Design Colleen Nelson
McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award - Younger S is for Scientists: A Discovery Alphabet Larry Verstraete
Manuela Dias Award for Book Design Poème Pierre Prière J. R. Léveillé
Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction The Thirteen Susie Moloney
Best Illustrated Book of the Year David's Trip to Paraguay: The Land of Amazing Colours Miriam Rudolph
John Hirsch Most Promising Writer Award Jennifer Still

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2011

Award Title Author/Winner
McNally Robinson Book of the Year This Hidden Thing Dora Dueck
Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction When the Other Is Me: Native Resistance Discourse, 1850-1990 Emma LaRocque
Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book High Speed Crow Sheila McClarty
Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher I Still Don't Even Know You Michelle Berry
Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award The Matter With Morris David Bergen
Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry Hump Ariel Gordon
Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction The Matter With Morris David Bergen
McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award - Older Ortega Maureen Fergus
Manuela Dias Award for Book Design A Dogs Breakfast: A Chef's Guide to Healthy Home Cooking for Your Favorite Pooch Jess Young
Le Prix Littéraire rue-Deschambault Lointaines Lise Gaboury-Diallo
Best Illustrated Book of the Year The Imagination Manifesto Greg Chomichuk with James Rewucki and John Toone
John Hirsch Most Promising Writer Award Michelle Elrick

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2010

Award Title Author/Winner
McNally Robinson Book of the Year Coming of Age: A History of the Jewish People of Manitoba Allan Levine
Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction An American by Degrees: The Extraordinary Lives of French Ambassador Jules Jusserand Robert J. Young
Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book Talk Michael Nathanson
Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher Wild West: Nature Living on the Edge Heather Beattie and Barbara Huck
Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award Prairie Metropolis: New Essays on Winnipeg Social History Esyllt W. Jones and Gerald Friesen
Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry Mama Dada Jan Horner
Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction an unexpected break in the weather Deborah Schnitzer
McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award - Older Puppet Eva Wiseman
McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award - Younger Timmerman Was Here Colleen Sydor
Manuela Dias Award for Book Design Dead on Arrival: Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba Journal 2009 Zach Pauls
Best Illustrated Book of the Year All Our Changes: Images from the Sixties Generation Gerry Kopelow
John Hirsch Most Promising Writer Award Ariel Gordon

2009

Award Title Author/Winner
McNally Robinson Book of the Year "The Retreat" David Bergen
Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction "Lord Selkirk: A Life" J.M. Bumsted
Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book "The Prairie Bridesmaid" Daria Salamon
Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher "Pauline Boutal, Destin d'artiste" Louise Duguay
Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award "Saint-Boniface 1908-2008 : reflets d'une ville" André Fauchon and Carol J. Harvey
Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry "this is a small northern town" Rosanna Deerchild
Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction "The Retreat" David Bergen
McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award - Older "My Mother is a French Fry and Further Proof of my Fuzzed-Up Life" Colleen Sydor
McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award - Younger "Goose Girl" Joe McLellan and Matrine McLellan
le Prix littéraire Rue-Deschambault "L'endroit et l'envers" Lise Gaboury-Diallo
Manuela Dias Award for Book Design "Pauline Boutal, Destin d'artiste" Louise Duguay and Susan Chafe
Best Illustrated Book of the Year "The Harry Winrob Collection of Inuit Sculpture" Darlene Coward Wight and Frank Reimer
John Hirsch Most Promising Writer Award Michael Van Rooy

2008

Award Title Author/Winner
McNally Robinson Book of the Year "Be Wolf" Wayne Tefs
Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction "Canada's Wheat King: The Life and Times of Seager Wheeler" Jim Shilliday
Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book "Wolf Tree" Alison Calder
Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher "The North End: Photographs by John Paskievich" John Paskievich
Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award "A Glowing Dream: A Memoir" Roland Penner
Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry "Wolf Tree" Alison Calder
Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction "The Penance Drummer and Other Stories" Lois Braun
McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award - Older "Sandbag Shuffle" Kevin Marc Fournier
Manuela Dias Award for Book Design "Take Comfort: the Career of Charles Comfort" designed by Frank Reimer Design, photographs by Ernest Mayer
Best Illustrated Book of the Year "Take Comfort: the Career of Charles Comfort" designed by Frank Reimer Design, photographs by Ernest Mayer
John Hirsch Most Promising Writer Award Carolyn Gray

2007

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Award Title Author/Winner
McNally Robinson Book of the Year "A Great Restlessness: the Life and Politics of Dorise Nielsen" Faith Johnston
Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction "A Great Restlessness: the Life and Politics of Dorise Nielsen" Faith Johnston
Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book "A Great Restlessness: the Life and Politics of Dorise Nielsen" Faith Johnston
Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher "A Great Restlessness: the Life and Politics of Dorise Nielsen" Faith Johnston
Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award "Winnipeg Modern: Architecture 1945 to 1975" edited by Serena Keshavjee
Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry "Time out of Mind" Laurie Block awarded for the first time in 2007
Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction "Beautiful Girl Thumb" Melissa Steele
McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award - Older "Lost Treasures: True Stories of Discovery" Larry Verstraete
McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award - Younger "Raise a Little Stink" Colleen Sydor
le Prix littéraire Rue-Deschambault "Manguiers têtus" Bathélemy Bolivar
Manuela Dias Award for Book Design "Going Downtown: A History of Portage Avenue" Relish Design
Best Illustrated Book of the Year "Early Masters: Inuit Sculpture 1949-1955"
John Hirsch Most Promising Writer Award Anita Daher

2006

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2005

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