The winners were announced on June 21 –National Indigenous Day – in a virtual gala of readings and stories streamed via the IVAs website.
When the non-fiction book was published by Annick Press in 2014 it sold 9,000 copies. Since March, it’s sold 20,000 more.
Writer and environmentalist Silver Donald Cameron was the unofficial laureate of D’Escousse on the southern edge of Cape Breton.
The press’s new mandate is “to amplify voices that resist oppression.”
The Best Book Award comes with a $20,000 prize and the Best Book Award for Poetry winner receives $10,000.
The plan includes new mentorships, a paid editorial fellowship, a looser submission protocol, and a “Black Brilliance” edition of the annual Journey Prize Canadian short-story collection.
Sponsored by A Different Booklist and Groundwood Books, the event will take place on June 19th