Three Canadian authors were recognized by the American Indian Youth Literature Awards, a biannual prize that honours culture and identity storytelling by aboriginal Northern American authors.
Alberta writer Jacqueline Guest won for her two YA novels, Free Throw and Triple Threat (James Lorimer & Company). The Métis writer’s coming-of-age basketball titles were first published in 2009 as part of Lorimer’s Sport Stories series, then reprinted and produced as ebooks in 2011. Lorimer also won for Melanie Florence’s 2010 biography, Jordin Tootoo: The Highs and Lows in the Journey of the First Inuit to Play in the NHL.
In the picture book category, B.C. author Margaret Manuel received an award for I See Me (Theytus Books).
The awards will be presented at the American Library Association’s annual conference, June 21“26, in Anaheim, California.