The finalists for the 2020 Ottawa Book Awards feature literary works of intense drama, humour and biography to riveting history, political commentary and elegant poetry.
The awards recognize the top English and French books published in the past year by 15 local authors – exemplifying Ottawa’s rich literary talent.
2020 Ottawa Book Awards finalists:
- Henry Beissel - Footprints of Dark Energy
Guernica Editions Inc.
- Missy Marston - Bad Ideas
- Cara Martin - Shantallow
Cormorant Books Inc.
- Karen McBride - Crow Winter
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
- Sonia Saikaley - The Allspice Bath
Inanna Publications & Education Inc.
- Mark Bourrie - Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson
- Charlotte Gray - Murdered Midas: A Millionaire, His Gold Mine, and a Strange Death on an Island Paradise
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
- Amanda Jetté Knox - Love Lives Here: A Story of Thriving in a Transgender Family
Penguin Random House of Canada
- Beverley McLachlin - Truth Be Told: My Journey Through Life and the Law
Simon & Schuster Canada
- Graeme Truelove - Un-Canadian: Islamophobia in the True North
- Jean Boisjoli - Moi, Sam. Elle, Janis.
Les Éditions David
- Jean Mohsen Fahmy - La sultane dévoilée
Les Éditions David
- Maurice Henrie - La maison aux lilas
Les Presses de l’Université d’Ottawa
- Marc-Alexandre Reinhardt - Tadmor
Groupe Nota Bene (Le lézard amoureux)
- Véronique Sylvain - Premier quart
Éditions Prise de parole
Descriptions of short-listed books and author biographies are available on the Ottawa Book Awards webpage.
The winners of each category will be announced at the awards ceremony, which will take place virtually on Wednesday, October 21 at 6 pm. Each winner will receive $7,500, while finalists will each receive $1,000. To receive a link to the invitation for the event, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Archibald Lampman Award for Poetry and Le Prix littéraire Émergence AAOF – 2020 will also be presented at the ceremony.
Past winners of the Ottawa Book Awards include Kagiso Lesego Molope, Tim Cook, John Metcalf, Charlotte Gray and David O’Meara, Andrée Christensen, Yvon Malette, Pierre-Luc Landry, Alain Bernard Marchand and Margaret Michèle Cook.