Ottawa – Three local writers shared the spotlight tonight as winners of the City of Ottawa’s prestigious Book Awards. The ceremony took place at Library and Archives Canada.

“With these awards, we proudly celebrate Ottawa’s remarkable writers who continue to inspire readers at home and abroad”, said Mayor Jim Watson. “We are pleased to add this year’s outstanding winning books to an impressive list of past winners.”

Each award is worth $7,500 and is presented for books published in the previous year. The Ottawa Book Award recognized the top English books in the categories of fiction and non-fiction and the Prix du livre d’Ottawa honoured the top French non-fiction book. No award was presented in the French fiction category due to insufficient entries.

Ottawa Book Award winners:

 – Non-fiction: Eric Enno Tamm The Horse that Leaps Through Clouds: A Tale of Espionage, the Silk Road and the Rise of Modern China, (Douglas and McIntyre)

 – Fiction: Gabriella Goliger, Girl Unwrapped, (Arsenal Pulp Press)

Prix du livre d’Ottawa winner:

 – Non-fiction: Lucie Joubert, L’envers du landau : Regard extérieur sur la maternité et ses débordements, (Les Éditions Triptyque)

Winning books were each selected by a different jury of peers:

 – English non-fiction: John Geddes, Sarah Jennings and Kerry Pither

 – English fiction: Lori Weber, Blaine Marchand and Ian Roy

 – French non-fiction: Yves Frenette, Patricia Smart, Anne Trépanier

Descriptions of the winning books and author biographies are available online at