The award, which is presented by the Ontario Book Publishers Organization, is presented to someone whose work has advocated for Canada’s small literary presses.
The $25,000 prize, presented by the Writers’ Trust of Canada, celebrates political literary nonfiction.
This year’s festival marks the first with new festival director Roland Gulliver at the helm.
In total, eight awards and $175,000 will be given out for the best in Canadian children’s literature.
Past recipients include Elie Wiesel, Marilynne Robinson, and Louise Erdrich.
University of Alberta Press was also honoured with the Mel Hurtig Publisher of the Year award.
The $2,500 award is organized by the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable.
The prize, which is worth more than $40,000, celebrates non-fiction that contributes to global cultural understanding.
Winners were announced in adult fiction, young adult fiction, and short story categories.