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Fiction

Book cover for Fictional Father, by Joe Ollmann

Fictional Father

Joe Ollmann

Drawn & Quarterly

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Book cover for Home Waltz, by G. A. Grisenthwaite

Home Waltz

G. A. Grisenthwaite

Palimpsest Press

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Book cover for Second Place, by Rachel Cusk

Second Place

Rachel Cusk

Harper Perennial / HarperCollins Canada

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Book cover for Tainna: The Unseen Ones, by Norma Dunning

Tainna: The Unseen Ones

Norma Dunning

Douglas & McIntyre

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Book cover for You Are Eating an Orange. You Are Naked., by Sheung-King

You Are Eating an Orange. You Are Naked.

Sheung-King

Book*hug Press

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Book cover for Faire les sucres, by Fanny Britt

Faire les sucres

Fanny Britt

Le Cheval dʼaoût

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Book cover for Jʼai montré toutes mes pattes blanches je nʼen ai plus, by Sylvie Laliberté

Jʼai montré toutes mes pattes blanches je nʼen ai plus

Sylvie Laliberté

Éditions Somme toute

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Book cover for Noir métal, by Sébastien Chabot

Noir métal

Sébastien Chabot

Éditions Alto

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Book cover for Rien du tout, by Olivia Tapiero

Rien du tout

Olivia Tapiero

Mémoire dʼencrier

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Book cover for Tout est ori, by Paul Serge Forest

Tout est ori

Paul Serge Forest

VLB éditeur

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Kristen den Hartog

Chris Eaton

Suzette Mayr

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Sophie Bienvenu

Aristote Kavungu

Andrée A. Michaud

Poetry

Book cover for A History of the Theories of Rain, by Stephen Collis

A History of the Theories of Rain

Stephen Collis

Talonbooks

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Book cover for A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure, by Hoa Nguyen

A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure

Hoa Nguyen

Wave Books

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Book cover for Sulphurtongue, by Rebecca Salazar

Sulphurtongue

Rebecca Salazar

McClelland & Stewart / Penguin Random House Canada

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Book cover for The Junta of Happenstance, by Tolu Oloruntoba

The Junta of Happenstance

Tolu Oloruntoba

Anstruther Books / Palimpsest Press

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Book cover for The Untranslatable I, by Roxanna Bennett

The Untranslatable I

Roxanna Bennett

Gordon Hill Press

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Book cover for Dʼune caresse patentée, by Louise Marois

Dʼune caresse patentée

Louise Marois

Triptyque, Groupe Nota bene

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Book cover for Exosquelette, by Chloé LaDuchesse

Exosquelette

Chloé LaDuchesse

Mémoire d'encrier

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Book cover for La voleuse, by Daria Colonna

La voleuse

Daria Colonna

Poètes de brousse

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Book cover for Pendant que Perceval tombait, by Tania Langlais

Pendant que Perceval tombait

Tania Langlais

Les Herbes rouges

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Book cover for Pompéi, by Patrick Roy

Pompéi

Patrick Roy

Le Quartanier

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Kaie Kellough

George Murray

Anna Marie Sewell

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Sonia-Sophie Courdeau

Hélène Dorion

Hector Ruiz

Drama

Book cover for Crippled, by Paul David Power

Crippled

Paul David Power

Breakwater Books

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Book cover for Selfie, by Christine Quintana

Selfie

Christine Quintana

Playwrights Canada Press

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Book cover for Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes, by Hannah Moscovitch

Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes

Hannah Moscovitch

Playwrights Canada Press

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Book cover for Take d Milk, Nah?, by Jivesh Parasram

Take d Milk, Nah?

Jivesh Parasram

Playwrights Canada Press

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Book cover for Two Indians, by Falen Johnson

Two Indians

Falen Johnson

Scirocco Drama / J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing

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Book cover for Bande de bouffons, by Jean-Philippe Lehoux

Bande de bouffons

Jean-Philippe Lehoux

Éditions du Quartz

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Book cover for Combattre le why-why, by Rébecca Déraspe

Combattre le why-why

Rébecca Déraspe

Les Éditions de Ta Mère

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Book cover for Copeaux, by Mishka Lavigne

Copeaux

Mishka Lavigne

Les Éditions LʼInterligne

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Book cover for Johnny, by Emma Haché

Johnny

Emma Haché

Lansman Editeur

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Book cover for Okinum, by Émilie Monnet

Okinum

Émilie Monnet

Les Herbes rouges

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Marcia Johnson

Matthew MacKenzie

Robert Tsonos

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Daniel Castonguay

Marie-Christine Lê-Huu

Érika Tremblay-Roy

Non-fiction

Book cover for alfabet/alphabet: a memoir of a first language, by Sadiqa de Meijer

alfabet/alphabet: a memoir of a first language

Sadiqa de Meijer

Anstruther Books / Palimpsest Press

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Book cover for Care of: Letters, Connections, and Cures, by Ivan Coyote

Care of: Letters, Connections, and Cures

Ivan Coyote

McClelland & Stewart / Penguin Random House Canada

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Book cover for Revery: A Year of Bees, by Jenna Butler

Revery: A Year of Bees

Jenna Butler

Wolsak and Wynn Publishers

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Book cover for The Day the World Stops Shopping, by J.B. MacKinnon

The Day the World Stops Shopping

J.B. MacKinnon

Random House Canada / Penguin Random House Canada

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Book cover for What I Remember, What I Know: The Life of a High Arctic Exile, by Larry Audlaluk

What I Remember, What I Know: The Life of a High Arctic Exile

Larry Audlaluk

Inhabit Media

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Book cover for Du diesel dans les veines, by Serge Bouchard and Mark Fortier

Du diesel dans les veines

Serge Bouchard and Mark Fortier

Lux Éditeur

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Book cover for La Reconstruction du paradis, by Robert Lalonde

La Reconstruction du paradis

Robert Lalonde

Les Éditions du Boréal

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Book cover for La Vie au long cours, by Isabelle Daunais

La Vie au long cours

Isabelle Daunais

Les Éditions du Boréal

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Book cover for Lʼempire invisible, by Mathieu Bélisle

Lʼempire invisible

Mathieu Bélisle

Leméac Éditeur

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Book cover for Occuper les distances, by Esther Laforce

Occuper les distances

Esther Laforce

Leméac Éditeur

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Sarah de Leeuw

Amanda Leduc

Evelyn C. White

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Marie-Andrée Lamontagne

Sophie Létourneau

Melchior Mbonimpa

Young People's Literature – Text

Book cover for Blood Like Magic, by Liselle Sambury

Blood Like Magic

Liselle Sambury

Margaret K. McElderry Books / Simon & Schuster

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Book cover for Firefly, by Philippa Dowding

Firefly

Philippa Dowding

DCB / Cormorant Books

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Book cover for Peter Leeʼs Notes from the Field, by Angela Ahn

Peter Lee's Notes from the Field

Angela Ahn

Tundra Books / Penguin Random House Canada

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Book cover for The Fabulous Zed Watson!, by Basil Sylvester and Kevin Sylvester

The Fabulous Zed Watson!

Basil Sylvester and Kevin Sylvester

HarperCollins Publishers

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Book cover for Unravel, by Sharon Jennings

Unravel

Sharon Jennings

Red Deer Press

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Book cover for Comme un ouragan, by Jonathan Bécotte

Comme un ouragan

Jonathan Bécotte

Héritage jeunesse

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Book cover for Le Dernier Viking, by Mario Fecteau

Le Dernier Viking

Mario Fecteau

Les Éditions du Boréal

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Book cover for L’ogre et l’enfant by Magali Laurent

Les avenues

Jean-François Sénéchal

Leméac Éditeur

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Book cover for Stella, qu'est-ce que tu fais-là? Tome 1, by Sandra Sirois

Stella, qu'est-ce que tu fais là? Tome 1

Sandra Sirois

Éditions Hurtubise

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Book cover for Tara voulait jouer, by Frédérick Wolfe

Tara voulait jouer

Frédérick Wolfe

Leméac Éditeur

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Aviaq Johnston

Karen Rivers

Ken Setterington

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Diane Lavoie

Dynah Psyché

Pierre Roy

Young People's Literature – Illustrated Books

Book cover for Mii maanda ezhi-gkendmaanh / This Is How I Know, by Brittany Luby and Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley

Mii maanda ezhi-gkendmaanh / This Is How I Know

Brittany Luby and Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley

Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press

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Book cover for On the Trapline, by David A. Robertson and Julie Flett

On the Trapline

David A. Robertson and Julie Flett

Tundra Books / Penguin Random House Canada

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Book cover for Out Into the Big Wide Lake, by Paul Harbridge and Josée Bisaillon

Out Into the Big Wide Lake

Paul Harbridge and Josée Bisaillon

Tundra Books / Penguin Random House Canada

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Book cover for The Library Bus, by Bahram Rahman and Gabrielle Grimard

The Library Bus

Bahram Rahman and Gabrielle Grimard

Pajama Press

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Book cover for The Wind and the Trees, by Todd Stewart

The Wind and the Trees

Todd Stewart

Owlkids Books

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Book cover for À qui appartiennent les nuages ?, by Mario Brassard and Gérard DuBois

À qui appartiennent les nuages ?

Mario Brassard and Gérard DuBois

Les Éditions de la Pastèque

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Book cover for Bouées : dérives identitaires, amours imaginaires et détours capillaires, by Catherine Lepage

Bouées : dérives identitaires, amours imaginaires et détours capillaires

Catherine Lepage

Les Éditions de la Pastèque

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Book cover for La langue au chat et autres poèmes pas bêtes, by François Gravel and Laurent Pinabel

La langue au chat et autres poèmes pas bêtes

François Gravel and Laurent Pinabel

Éditions Les 400 coups

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Book cover for Le tricot, by Jacques Goldstyn

Le tricot

Jacques Goldstyn

Les Éditions de la Pastèque

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Book cover for Ma maison-tête, by Vigg

Ma maison-tête

Vigg

Fonfon

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Kyrsten Brooker

Catherine Hernandez

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Qin Leng

Luc Melanson

Christine Sioui Wawanoloath

Translation

Book cover for A Cemetery for Bees, translated by Katia Grubisic

A Cemetery for Bees

Translated by Katia Grubisic

Linda Leith Publishing; translation of Le cimetière des abeilles, by Alina Dumitrescu

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Book cover for Paul at Home, translated by Helge Dascher and Rob Aspinall

Paul at Home

Translated by Helge Dascher and Rob Aspinall

Drawn & Quarterly; translation of Paul à la maison, by Michel Rabagliati

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Book cover for People, State, and War Under the French Regime in Canada, translated by Peter Feldstein

People, State, and War Under the French Regime in Canada

Translated by Peter Feldstein

McGill-Queenʼs University Press; translation of Le Peuple, lʼÉtat et la Guerre au Canada sous le Régime français, by Louise Dechêne

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Book cover for The Lover, the Lake, translated by Susan Ouriou

The Lover, the Lake

Translated by Susan Ouriou

Freehand Books; translation of Lʼamant du lac, by Virginia Pesemapeo Bordeleau

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Book cover for This Radiant Life, translated by Erín Moure

This Radiant Life

Translated by Erín Moure

Book*hug Press; translation of La vie radieuse, by Chantal Neveu

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Book cover for La ballade de Baby suivi de Sagesse de l'absurde, translated by Dominique Fortier

La ballade de Baby suivi de Sagesse de l'absurde

Translated by Dominique Fortier

Éditions Alto; translation of Lullabies for Little Criminals and Wisdom in Nonsense, by Heather OʼNeill

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Book cover for La course de Rose, translated by Daniel Grenier

La course de Rose

Translated by Daniel Grenier

Éditions Hannenorak; translation of Roseʼs Run, by Dawn Dumont

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Book cover for Petits marronnages, translated by Madeleine Stratford

Petits marronnages

Translated by Madeleine Stratford

Les Éditions du Boréal; translation of Dominoes at the Crossroads, by Kaie Kellough

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Book cover for Poèmes 1938-1984, translated by Marie Frankland

Poèmes 1938-1984

Translated by Marie Frankland

Éditions du Noroît; translation of The Collected Poems, by Elizabeth Smart

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Book cover for Toots fait la Shiva, avenue Minto, translated by Colette St-Hilaire

Toots fait la Shiva, avenue Minto

Translated by Colette St-Hilaire

Éditions du Noroît; translation of Sitting Shiva on Minto Avenue, by Toots, by Erín Moure

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Jonathan Kaplansky

Aimee Wall

Anne-Marie Wheeler

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Anne Malena

Pascal Raud

Chantal Ringuet

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