Two Nunavut books pick up awards

Young adult novel Skraelings wins annual Burt award for Indigenous literature

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Skraelings, by Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley, picked up the 2015 Burt award Oct. 22. (IMAGE COURTESY OF INHABIT MEDIA)


Skraelings, by Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley, picked up the 2015 Burt award Oct. 22. (IMAGE COURTESY OF INHABIT MEDIA)

Inuit author Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley and her husband Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley have won the 2015 Burt Award for their young adult novel Skraelings.

The winners of the third annual Burt Awards for excellence in First Nations, Métis and Inuit literature were announced Oct. 22.

Skraelings, published by Inhabit Media, is a historical fiction based on the story of an Inuk hunter named Kannujaq, who happens upon a Tuniit camp, on the brink of battle with Viking warriors.

The book was also a finalist for the 2014 Governor General’s Award.

Another Inhabit Media publication was recognized this month, when the children’s book On the Shoulder of a Giant received an Inkspokes Select award in its picture books category.

The Inuit legend, told by author Neil Christopher and illustrated by Jim Nelson, tells the story of Inukpak, a hulking giant who roams the Arctic.

You can find both titles at www.inhabitmedia.com, or, if you live in Iqaluit, check out the book selection at Arctic Ventures Marketplace.

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