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Patrick deWitt, Charlotte Gill, Blue Heron Books among winners at CBA Libris Awards

(Photo: Canadian Booksellers Association)

The Canadian Booksellers Association presented the 2012 Libris Awards at its annual conference in Toronto on Sunday. The awards are voted on by independent booksellers and recognize exceptional contributions to Canadian literature, publishing, and bookselling.

The winners are:

Fiction Book of the Year
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt (House of Anansi Press)

Non-fiction Book of the Year
Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe by Charlotte Gill (Greystone Books)

Picture Book of the Year
Picture a Tree by Barbara Reid (Scholastic Canada)

Young Reader Book of the Year
This Dark Endeavour: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel (HarperCollins Canada)

Author of the Year
Michael Ondaatje

Editor of the Year
Louise Dennys, executive vice-president of Knopf Random Canada

Sales Rep of the Year
*Dot Middlemass, Ampersand Inc.

Distributor of the Year
HarperCollins Canada

Small Press Publisher of the Year
Nimbus Publishing

Publisher of the Year
Penguin Canada

Young Bookseller of the Year
Alex Wrobel, University of Toronto Bookstore

Campus Bookseller of the Year
York University Bookstore (Toronto)

Bookseller of the Year
Blue Heron Books (Uxbridge, On.)

Lifetime Achievement Award
Margaret Atwood

*Correction June 6: An earlier version of this story contained a misspelling of Dot Middlemass’s name.