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The Ottawa Book Awards are coordinated through the Office of Cultural Affairs. The awards recognize published books of literary excellence, written by local authors residing in Ottawa. From 1986 to 2003, the awards alternated annually between the categories of fiction and non-fiction. As of 2004, the awards will include submissions in both English and French. A prize of $2,500 will be awarded in each of the following four categories: English fiction, English non-fiction, French fiction and French non-fiction. Children’s books are eligible for submission.

2009 Winners

English Fiction: Andrew Steinmetz, Eva's Threepenny Theatre
English Non-Fiction: Kerry Pither, Dark Days: The Story of Four Canadians Tortured in the
Name of Fighting Terror
Prix du Livre d'Ottawa (French Fiction and French Non-Fiction winners)

2008 Finalists- Winners and Shortlists

English Fiction
Awarded for outstanding published works of fiction including novels, short stories, children’s literature and poetry.

Mary Borsky, Cobalt Blue (Thomas Allen Publishers)
Elizabeth Hay, Late Nights on Air (McClelland and Stewart) -Winner
Frances Itani, Remembering the Bones (HarperCollins)
Joanne Proulx, Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet (Penguin Canada)
Rob Winger, Muybridge’s Horse (Nightwood Editions)

English Non Fiction
Awarded for outstanding published works of non fiction including biographies, memoirs, cultural histories, literary journalism and essays

Kathy Cook, Stolen Angels (Penguin Canada)
Tim Cook, At the Sharp End: Canadians Fighting the Great War 1914-1916 (Penguin Canada) -Winner
David Goldfield, The Ambassador’s Word: Hostage Crisis in Peru 1996-1997 (Penumbra Press)
Chris Jones, Out of Orbit (House of Anansi Press)
Arthur Kroeger, Hard Passage: A Mennonite Family’s Long Journey from Russia to Canada (University of Alberta Press)
Création littéraire en français
Awarded for outstanding published works of French-language fiction including novels, short stories, children’s literature and poetry.

Angèle Bassolé-Ouédraogo, Les Porteuses d’Afrique! (Les Éditions L’Interligne)
Andrée Christensen, Depuis toujours j’entendais la mer (Les Éditions David)
Jean Mohsen Fahmy, Alexandre et les trafiquants du désert (Les Éditions L’Interligne)
Maurice Henrie, Le Chuchotement des étoiles (Prise de parole)
Gilles Lacombe, La Jouissance des nuages de la pensée (Les Éditions L’Interligne)

Year

Ottawa Book Award

Prix du livre d'Ottawa

2007
Fiction

Janet Lunn, A Rebel’s Daughter

Daniel Poliquin, La Kermesse

2007
Non-Fiction

Charlotte Gray, Reluctant Genius: The Passionate Life and Inventive Mind of Alexander Graham Bell

 

2006
Fiction

John-James Ford, Bonk on the Head
John Geddes, The Sundog Season
(presented as a tie)

Gilles Lacombe, Trafiquante de lumière

2006Non-Fiction

Heather Menzies, NO TIME: Stress and the Crisis of Modern Life

Réjean Robidoux, D’éloge et de critique

2005
Non-Fiction

Valerie Knowles, From Telegrapher to Titan: The Life of William C. Van Horne

2005
Fiction

Frances Itani, Poached Egg on Toast

Maurice Henrie, Les roses et le verglas
Michel Thérien, L'aridité des fleuves

2004
Non-Fiction

Madelaine Drohan, Making A Killing: How And Why Corporations Use Armed Force To Do Business

Mila Younes, Ma mère, ma fille, ma sœur

2004
Fiction

Elizabeth Hay, Garbo Laughs

Maurice Henrie, Mémoire Vive

2003
Fiction

Brian Doyle, Mary Ann Alice

Jean Mohsen Fahmy, Ibn Kaldoun : l'Honneur et la Disgrâce
Nancy Vickers, La Petite Vieille aux poupées

2002
Non-Fiction

Anna Heilman, Never Far Away

Françoise Lepage, Histoire de la littérature pour la jeunesse

2001
Fiction

Alan Cumyn, Burridge Unbound

Nicole Champeau, Dans les pas de la louve
Michèle Matteau, Quatuor pour cordes sensibles

2000
Non-Fiction

Roy MacGregor, A Life in the Bush: Lessons From My Father

Patricia Smart, Les femmes du Refus Global

1999
Fiction

Alan Cumyn, Man of Bone

Pierre Raphaël Pelletier, Il faut crier l'injure

1998
Non-Fiction

Dr. Isaac Vogelfanger, Red Tempest

René Dionne, Histoire de la Littérature Franco-Ontarienne des origines à nos jours

1997
Fiction

Patrick Kavanagh, Gaff Topsails

Maurice Henrie, Le Balcon dans le ciel

1996
Non-Fiction

Clyde Sanger, Malcolm MacDonald: Bringing an End to Empire

Dr. Elisabeth J. Lacelle, L'incontournable échange. Conversations oecuméniques et pluridisciplinaires

1995
Fiction

John Barton, Notes Towards a Family Tree
Frances Itani, Man Without Face

Andrée Christensen, Noces d'ailleurs

1994
N-F

Penelope Williams, That Other Place: A Personal Account of Breast Cancer

Gilberte Paquette, Dans le sillage d'Élizabeth Bruyère

1993
Fiction

Rita Donovan, Daisy Circus
Nadine McInnis, The Litmus Body

Maurice Henrie, Le Pont sur le temps
Gabrielle Poulin, Petites Fugues pour une saison sèche

1992
Non-Fiction

John Sawatsky, Mulroney: The Politics of Ambition

 

1991
Fiction

Rita Donovan, Dark Jewels

Daniel Poliquin, Visions de Jude

1990
Non-Fiction

Roy MacGregor, Chief: The Fearless Vision of Billy Diamond

 

1989
Fiction

Maurice Henrie, La chambre à mourir

1988
Non-Fictionv

Patricia Morley, Kurelek: A Biography

1987
Fiction

John Metcalf, Adult Entertainment

1986
Non-Fiction

Joan Finnigan, Legacies, Legends and Lies
Jean Bruce, Back the Attack! : Canadian Women During the Second World War

 

 

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