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Libris shortlists announced

The Retail Council of Canada has announced the finalists for the 2014 Libris Awards. Nominated and selected by members of the Canadian book industry, the awards recognize excellence among authors, publishers, editors, sales representatives, and booksellers from across the country.

Winners will be announced on June 2 at the Toronto Congress Centre, as part of the Retail Council of Canada’s Store Conference.

This year’s lifetime achievement award will be presented to CBC Radio host and author Stuart McLean.

The nominees are:


  • Joseph Boyden
  • Amanda Lindhout
  • Louise Penny
  • Charlotte Gray
  • Alice Munro




  • Blue Heron Books (Uxbridge, Ontario)
  • McNally Robinson Booksellers (Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
  • Words Worth Books (Waterloo, Ontario)
  • Mosaic Books (Kelowna, B.C.)
  • Another Story Bookshop (Toronto, Ontario)

Specialty Bookseller

  • Bakka Phoenix Books (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Ella Minnow Children’s Bookstore (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Kidsbooks (Vancouver, B.C.)
  • Mabel’s Fables (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Woozles Children’s Bookstore (Halifax, Nova Scotia) 

Campus Bookseller

  • UBC Bookstore (Vancouver, B.C.)
  • The Book Store at University of Western Ontario (Waterloo, Ontario)
  • King’s Co-op Bookstore (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
  • University of Regina Bookstore (Regina, Saskatchewan) 


  • Jennifer Lambert, HarperCollins Canada
  • John Metcalf, Biblioasis
  • Nicole Winstanley, Penguin Canada

Young Reader

Picture Books

  • The Dark by Lemony Snicket; Jon Klassen, illus. (HarperCollins Canada)
  • The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore; Barbara Reid, illus. (Scholastic Canada)
  • Lasso the Wind by George Elliott Clarke; Susan Tooke, illus. (Nimbus Publishing)
  • This Little Hamster by Kass Reich (Orca Book Publishers)
  • Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt; Matthew Forsythe, illus. (Simon & Schuster)


  • HarperCollins Canada
  • Raincoast Books
  • University of Toronto Press

Sales Rep

  • Ali Hewitt (Ampersand Inc.)
  • Sherry Lee (Simon & Schuster Canada)
  • Lynne Reeder (Random House of Canada) 

Small Press

  • Arsenal Pulp Press
  • Biblioasis
  • Gaspereau Press
  • Groundwood Books
  • Nimbus Publishing


  • ECW Press
  • Dundurn Press
  • HarperCollins Canada
  • House of Anansi Press
  • Penguin Canada
  • Random House of Canada