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How Many of These Canadian Titles Does Your Store Carry?

A few weeks ago, I ran a list here of the Canadian authors I counted among my store’s inventory. But when I look at The Word Guild’s shortlist for this year’s awards, I feel like I’m not doing my part to support domestic publishing. I’m also amazed when I look at the top writers of Canadian Christian blogs how little crossover there is.  I don’t know what access issues I would encounter trying to carry any number of these in my store, or how many different wholesale sources it would involve. This is probably the biggest barrier to these seeing wider exposure in Christian retail in this country. Anyway, here are the 2015 Word Award nominees, which is part of a larger announcement which includes nominations for song lyrics and magazine articles. Click this link to read at The Word Guild.

SHORTLIST OF FINALISTS
THE 2015 WORD AWARDS

BOOK CATEGORIES

Book – Academic

David Koyzis of Hamilton, Ont. for We Answer to Another (Wipf and Stock)

James K. A. Smith of Grand Rapids, Mich. for Who’s Afraid of Relativism? (Baker Academic)

Leonard Hjalmarson of Thunder Bay, Ont. for No Home Like Place (The Urban Loft)

Book – Biblical Studies

Alan and Elizabeth Davey of Toronto for Climbing the Spiritual Mountain (Wipf and Stock)

John W. Martens of Delta, B.C. for The Gospel of Mark (Red Maple Press)

J. Richard Middleton of Rochester, N.Y. for A New Heaven and a New Earth (Baker Academic)

Book – Children

Aimee Reid of Hamilton, Ont. for Mama’s Day with Little Gray (Random House Children’s Books)

Donna Simard of St. Lazare, Man. for Shhh! It’s A Surprise: Michael and Dad at the Zoo. (Word Alive Press)

Book – Christian Living

Alan and Elizabeth Davey of Toronto for Climbing the Spiritual Mountain (Wipf and Stock)

Drew Dyck of Carol Stream, Ill. for Yawning at Tigers (Thomas Nelson)

Wendy VanderWal-Gritter of Mississauga, Ont. for Generous Spaciousness (Brazos Press)

Book – Culture

David Peck of Oakville, Ont. for Real Change Is Incremental (BPS Books)

Sandy Oshiro Rosen of Fort Langley, B.C. for Bare – The Misplaced Art of Grieving and Dancing  (Big Tree Publishing)

Book – Instructional

David Sherbino of Toronto for Living, Dying, Living Forever (Castle Quay Books)

Robert Shaw of Sunderland, Ont. for The Complete Leader (Castle Quay Books)

Book – Life Stories

Bobbi Junior of Edmonton, Alta. for The Reluctant Caregiver (Word Alive Press)

Deborah L. Willows of Huntsville, Ont. and Steph Beth Nickel of St. Thomas, Ont. for Living Beyond My Circumstances (Castle Quay Books)

Sandy Oshiro Rosen of Fort Langley, B.C. for Bare – The Misplaced Art of Grieving and Dancing (Big Tree Publishing)

Novel – Contemporary

Karen V. Robichaud of Dartmouth, N.S. for The Unforgiving Sea (Word Alive Press)

T.G. Cooper of Hamilton, Ont. for The Pastor Who Hated Church (T.G. Cooper)

Novel – Historical

Erin M. Hatton of Barrie, Ont. for Across the Deep (Word Alive Press)

Janice L. Dick of Guernsey, Sask. for Other Side of the River (Helping Hands Press)

Novel – Romance

Sandra Orchard of Fenwick, Ont. for Identity Withheld (Harlequin)

Valerie Comer of Creston, B.C. for Sweetened with Honey (GreenWords Media)

Novel – Speculative

Donna Fawcett of St. Marys, Ont. for Between Heaven and Earth (Newscroll Books)

Marcia Lee Laycock of Blackfalds, Alta. for The Ambassadors (Helping Hands Press)

Novel – Suspense

Janet Sketchley of Dartmouth, N.S. for Secrets and Lies (Janet Sketchley)

Kelsey Greye of Lloydminster, Alta. for All That Remains (Wesbrook Bay Books)

Sandra Orchard of Fenwick, Ont. for Blind Trust (Revell)

Novel – Young Adult

Fern Boldt of St. Catharines, Ont. for Blemished Heart (Word Alive Press)

Jack A. Taylor of Vancouver for The Cross Maker (Wesbrook Bay Books)

Karen V. Robichaud of Dartmouth, N.S. for The Unforgiving Sea (Word Alive Press)

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