More than 1,000 children in grades 4 to 6 across the Atlantic region participated in the Hackmatack program by reading the shortlisted titles and voting for their favourite in each category.
The winner was announced June 1 in Toronto.
Bowes won this year’s award for her book 20.12m: A Short Story Collection of a Life Lived as a Road Allowance Métis (Gabriel Dumont Institute Press).
Three finalists will be announced on August 15, with the winner to be named on September 27 at the medal’s 75th anniversary gala dinner.
Breznitz wins the 2021 Donner Prize for his book Innovation in Real Places: Strategies for Prosperity in an Unforgiving World.