The Bookie Awards 2014: The Winners Live


Canadian Fiction: The Orenda by Joseph Boyden

The Orenda opens with a brutal massacre and the kidnapping of the young Iroquois Snow Falls, a spirited girl with a special gift. Learn more about this Canada Reads 2014 contender.

Voting Recap:
The Orenda (29.96%), A Tale for the Time Being (24.08%), Caught (22.48%), The Luminaries (15.6%), Cataract City (7.88%). Total votes: 2,006.
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Canadian Nonfiction: A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout
& Sara Corbett

In this gripping memoir, Lindhout chronicles her 15 months of captivity in war-torn Somalia, during which she was tortured and abused.
Though harrowing, the book is also a remarkable testament to Lindhout's spiritual resilience, as she tries to concentrate on feeling grateful for small comforts.

Voting Recap: A House in the Sky (
33.4%),
An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth (21.58%), The Dogs Are Eating Them Now (20.44%), The War That Ended Peace (13.31%), Blood (11.26 %). Total votes: 2,104.

by Adrian Ma (CBC Books)
Canadian Book Cover: Red Girl Rat Boy by Cynthia Flood
This critically acclaimed short story collection not only contains beautiful prose, but is wrapped together in a beautifully designed package.

Voting recap: Red Girl Rat Boy (28.27%),
Needs Improvement (21.73%), Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (21.35%), Infidelity (19.29%), Where the Sun Shines Best (9.36%). Total Votes: 2,126.

by Adrian Ma (CBC Books)
Canadian Poetry: Light by Souvankham Thammavongsa

Light is the Thai-born, Canadian-raised Thammavongsa’s third collection of poetry.

Voting Recap: Light (
40.23%), Hooking (28.12%), Need Machine (14.79%), 1996 (12.41%), For as Far as the Eye Can See (4.44%). Total Votes: 1,305.
by Adrian Ma (CBC Books)
Thriller, Mystery or Crime:A Tap on the Window by Linwood Barclay
This gripping novel by one of Canada's greatest masters of suspense is considered by critics to be one of his finest.

Voting Recap: A Tap on the Window (39.33%), The Demonologist (25.52%), Stranglehold (16.51%), The Silent Wife (12.75%), How the Light Gets (5.88%). Total votes: 5,105.
 
by Adrian Ma (CBC Books)
Science Fiction, Fantasy or Speculative Fiction: MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood

MaddAddam concludes Atwood's acclaimed dystopian series that begin with Oryx and Crake and continued with The Year of the Flood (which is a Canada Reads 2014 contender).

Voting Recap: MaddAddam (42.69%), River of Stars (31.51%), Red Planet Blues (12.68%), Sister Mine (9.42%), Burning Paradise (3.7%). Total votes:
1,136.

by Adrian Ma (CBC Books)
Young Adult: The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten
This young adult novel was nominated for a Governor General's Literary Award. The unlikely hero in question is 15-year-old Adam Spencer Ross. Ross has obsessive compulsive disorder but that doesn't get in the way of his love life -- he falls in love with another OCD teen.

Voting Recap: The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B (43.55%), Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl (30.84%), September 17 (12.76%), Homeland (7%), Sorrow’s Knot (5.84%). Total votes:
2,156.

by Adrian Ma (CBC Books)
Graphic Novel or Comic Book:The Spectral Engine by Ray Fawkes
The Toronto-based artist/writer is famous among comic fans for his work with DC Comics on many series including Constantine and Justice League Dark. The Spectral Engine is a captivating ride through Canadian ghost stories.

Voting Recap: The Spectral Engine (29.28%), Palookaville #21 (20.3%), Very Casual (19.97% ), Journal (15.81%), Susceptible (14.64%). Total votes:
601.


by Adrian Ma (CBC Books)
Short Story Collection: Oh, My Darling by Shaena Lambert
Shaena Lambert was diagnosed with breast cancer while she was writing her short story collection, Oh, My Darling, which was published earlier this month. Lambert was afraid, but says she found herself writing in a more focused way than she ever had before. The cancer even found its way into a story, the title story of her collection. “The cancer may have nailed me,” she says, “but I really felt, as I was writing that story, that I was nailing it back.

Voting Recap: Oh, My Darling (37.
38%), Hellgoing (24.51%), Canary (23.44%), Savage Love (8.61%), They Never Told Me (6.07%). Total votes:
1,220.


by Adrian Ma (CBC Books)
International Fiction: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
It seemed to be a particularly strong year for international fiction, but the Afghan-American novelist of bestselling books The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns did not disappoint his fans with his widely praised latest work.

Voting Recap: And the Mountains Echoed (28.99%), Life After Life (27.32%), The Goldfinch (25.34%), The Son (9.18%), The Interestings (9.18%). Total votes:
959.

by Adrian Ma (CBC Books)
International Nonfiction: I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

The heartbreaking and inspiring life story of this teenage student and activist from Pakistan, who was nearly assassinated in 2012, obviously struck a chord with readers this past year.

Voting Recap: I am Malala (57.7%), Wave (15.05%), Lean In (10.95%), Five Days at Memorial (8.44%), For a Song and a Hundred Songs (7.87%). Total votes:
877.
by Adrian Ma (CBC Books)
 
 

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Once more, here's the full list of this year's finalists.
You can follow the links to more CBC content about the books and authors.


Canadian Fiction:

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
The Orenda by Joseph Boyden
Caught by Lisa Moore
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
Cataract City by Craig Davidson


Canadian Nonfiction:


The Dogs Are Eating Them Now by Graeme Smith
A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett
Blood by Lawrence Hill
An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
The War That Ended Peace by Margaret MacMillan


Canadian Book Cover:


Where the Sun Shines Best by Austin Clarke
Infidelity by Stacey May Fowles
Red Girl Rat Boy by Cynthia Flood
Needs Improvement by Jon Paul Fiorentino
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock


Canadian Poetry:


Hooking by Mary Dalton
1996 by Sara Peters
For as Far as the Eye Can See by Robert Melancon, trans. by Judith Cowan
Light by Souvankham Thammavongsa
Need Machine by Andrew Faulkner


Thriller, Mystery or Crime
:


The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
A Tap on the Window by Linwood Barclay
How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
Stranglehold by Robert Rotenberg
The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper


Science Fiction, Fantasy or Speculative Fiction:


MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood
Burning Paradise by Robert Charles Wilson
Red Planet Blues by Robert J. Sawyer
River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay
Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson


Y
oung Adult


The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten
Sorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow
Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl by Emily Pohl-Weary
Homeland by Cory Doctorow
September 17 by Amanda West Lewis


Graphic Novel or Comic Book


Very Casual by Michael Deforge
Susceptible by Geneviève Castrée
The Spectral Engine by Ray Fawkes
Journal by Julie Delporte
Palookaville #21 by Seth


Short Story Collection


Hellgoing by Lynn Coady
They Never Told Me by Austin Clarke
Canary by Nancy Jo Cullen
Savage Love by Douglas Glover
Oh, My Darling by Shaena Lambert


International Fiction


And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt        
The Son by Philipp Meyer        
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson    
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer


International Nonfiction


For a Song and a Hundred Songs by Liao Yiwu, trans. by Wenguang Huang
Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink   
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg         
Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala    
I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb


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