Canada’s largest reader’s choice award sees strong placement from Ingenium Books’ authors

For Immediate Release—Friday, September 15, 2023

Vancouver, BC – Canadian Book Club Awards (CBCA), Canada’s largest reader’s choice award, has announced the finalists for its 2023 awards.

Following an extraordinary year that broke previous submission records, CBCA has selected the top three books in each of the 12 literary categories. Over the next three months, The Canadian Book Club Awards’ Verified Readers will read all finalists’ books within their chosen categories and vote for their top choices, determining the category winners.

“In a world where books are in constant competition for people’s attention, the number of readers and books participating in this year’s award is a wonderful indicator that books still have a stronghold on what entertainment we reach for, ” said CBCA program director Kristain Oliveria-Barnes.

The finalists for The 2023 Canadian Book Club Awards are:


  • Mom On Wheels – Marjorie Aunos (Ingenium Books)
  • Making the Rounds: Defying Norms in Love and Medicine – Patricia Grayhall (She Writes Press)
  • Fuse – Hollay Ghadery (Guernica Editions)


  • Does This Divorce Make Me Look Fat? – Marcella Dodge Webster (TSPA The Self Publishing Agency)
  • Soul Excavation: An Exploration and Discovery of Self Through Fear, Failure, and Quantum
  • Physics – Lesia Daria Kohut (Hybrid Global Publishing)
  • The Promise of Psychedelics: Science-Based Hope for Better Mental Health – Dr. Peter Silverstone (Ingenium Books)


  • The List of Last Chances – Christina Myers (Caitlin Press)
  • Finding Callidora – Stella Leventoyannis Harvey (Signature Editions)
  • Stork Lake: Tales from a Wall of Hats – L.C. Reid (Independently Published)


  • At Home Anywhere: Feel At Home Wherever Life Takes You – Rachael Lynn (The Dreamwork Collective)
  • It’s Not You It’s Your Brain (How mental processing limits your success) – Keith Cornies (AIM Consulting)
  • Seventeen To Millionaire – Douglas Price (Independently Published)


  • Music from a Strange Planet – Barbara Black (Caitlin Press)
  • Awfully Hilarious – Heather Hendrie (Independently Published)
  • The MomBabes: A Motherhood Anthology Volume 3 – Christina Walsh and Carolyn Turkington (TSPA, The Self Publishing Agency)


  • How to Love Your Neighbor – Sophie Sullivan (St. Martin’s Griffin)
  • What’s Not Lost: A Novel. – Valerie Taylor (Aspetuck Publishing)
  • The Outcast – Eve. M Riley (Snugrox Publishing)


  • All The Broken People – Amy Rivers (Compathy Press)
  • Box of Secrets – Susan Jane Wright (Ozzy Imprint)
  • 2359 Hours – Jack B.S. North (SA Jeejeebhoy)


  • The New Empire – Alison McBain (Woodhall Press)
  • Mantle of the World Ruler – Kate Gateley (Friesen Press)
  • Stage Fright – Diane L Kowalyshyn (Independently Published)


  • Time Has Come – Graham Wardle (Guiding Light Publishing)
  • Blooming: Poetry for Seasons of Change – Chiara Mason (TSPA, The Self Publishing Agency
  • Perfectly Flawed: poetry for change – Malak Kalmoni Chehab (FriesenPress)


  • Three Little Pigs – A Hockey Story – Jocelyn Watkinson (Sleeping Bear Press)
  • The Little Girl – Hieu Pham-Fraser (Friesen Press)
  • Igor Beaver – Don Smith (CritteraWeek)


  • The Dinosaur Encounter: The Alberta Episode – Lisa Oatway (Tellwell Talent)
  • River of Crows – N.P. Thompson (Inky Cove)
  • Monster Match: Frankinschool Book 1 – Caryn Rivadeneira (Red Chair Press)


  • No Ordinary Cats – Lisa Erixon (Friesen Press)
  • In One Life and Out Another – J Mercer (Bare Ink)
  • Falling Star – Michele Kwasniewski (Rand-Smith)

Winners will be announced in December 2023.

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About the CBC Awards:

The Canadian Book Club Awards
Kristain Oliveria-Barnes, Program Director

About Ingenium Books’ finalists:

Ingenium Books
Boni Wagner-Stafford, publisher

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