What is your favorite page turner? The shortlist is out for the Canadian Book Club awards


The Canadian Book Club Awards (CBCA) released their list of 2022 finalists last week.

A national literary program that distributes Readers’ Choice Awards is led this year by a graduate of Dr. Charles Best Secondary.

Kristain Oliveria-Barnes, a former resident of Coquitlam, is the program director for Canadian Book Club Awards (CBCA), which released its list of 2022 finalists last week.

The initiative is sponsored by The Self Publishing Agency Inc., led by Megan Williams, who also has ties to Coquitlam.

Oliveria-Barnes said authors and publishers submit their new works to the awards program for review by a CBCA “Avid Readers” team.

And once the list of finalists is released in September, “verified readers” from across Canada rate the books in one or two categories to vote for their favorite.

Verified readers tend to be readers in book clubs or bookworms and influencers with large social media followings who will further promote the posts.

Oliveria-Barnes said the rewards program has hundreds of verified readers nationwide.

The winning authors, who are announced on December 30, receive 100 prize stickers to place on their hard and soft copies, a podcast interview and bragging rights.

This year saw a record number of book entries from commercial publishers (with CBCA’s genre categories doubling), as well as verified readers.

Oliveria-Barnes said the purpose of the program is to give greater visibility to books that are off the radar because they can be published independently.

“It’s something they can grab and have their book reviewed by Canadian readers — not a panel of experts,” she says. “We give authors a level playing field.”

She added, “What readers are looking for is a good story told well. Readers don’t care how it’s published. They’re just looking for a good book.

Meanwhile, the CBCA is still accepting applications from verified readers for 2022. Successful applicants must be able to read all three books in a chosen category and vote by December 19.

Visit thecanadianbookclubawards.ca register.

The 2022 Canadian Book Club Awards finalists are:


  • Holden: after and beforeTara McGuire (Arsenal Press)
  • Lost in Beirut: A True Story of Love, Loss and WarAshe and Magalena Stevens (Anonymous Inc.)
  • Liar, liar dress on fireCindy Buckshon (independently released)


  • Moments in timeTom Locke, (Hub Consulting Services)
  • The music therapy studioRick Soshensky (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers)
  • All in capitalsCraig Colby (Friesen Press)


  • Pulling Together – A Coach’s Journey to Uncovering the Mindset of True PotentialJason Dorland (Heritage House)
  • Unlocked: The Power of YouGezim Gashi (TSPA The Self Publishing Agency Inc.)
  • Healing is Messy AFKaitlyn Kenealy, MA, LPC (Tea Time with the Psychos)

Health and Wellbeing/Spiritual:

  • Citrine Horizon: A Soul’s Journey Through Health Trauma, Hannah Seraphim, Earl Gray Press
  • Back to Life: One Woman’s Inspirational Triumph Over a Series of Terminal DiagnosesKathy McLaughlin, (Friesen Press)
  • Butter Side Up: How I Survived My Worst Year and Created My Super Awesome LifeJane Enright (independently published)


  • Lessons of freedomEileen Harrison Sanchez (she writes the press)
  • Welcome to HamiltonTanya E. Williams (ripple effects)
  • Mangoes and snowflakesIsis Maria Henriquez (Verdad Press)


  • Ten rules for pretendingSophie Sullivan (Saint-Martin Griffon)
  • sixteen summersCaitlin Moss (independently released)
  • The refusalEve M. Riley (Snugrox Publishing)


  • The Amsterdam DeceptionTony Ollivier (Pandamoon Editions)
  • cold water confessionJames A. Ross (Best Level Books)
  • Catch .22Diane L. Kowalyshyn (The Wild Rose Press, Inc)

Fantasy/Science Fiction:

  • Sovereign TidesKate Gateley (Friesen Press)
  • Perceptual originsJennifer Cook (AJ JJ editions)
  • DriftsAM Mawhiney (Friesen Press)

Anthology/Short Story:

  • On Traigh Lar Beach, Dianne Ebertt Beaff (she writes in the press)
  • Mysteries You Can’t AskBrad Bennett (BookBaby)
  • The MomBabes: An Anthology of Motherhood Volume 2, Christina Walsh and Carolyn Turkington (MomBabes Media)

Children :

  • What does it mean to be at your best? Kelly Shuto (independently released)
  • HitRuthie Godfrey (independently released)
  • Seat of the herons – Collective names in alphabetical orderRamona Wildeman (An Acceptable Time Press)

Children/beginning readers:

  • An arctic night, Donald Whibley (Friesen Press)
  • look between, Miles McAlister (independently published)
  • The herdRyan Poirier (Friesen Press)

Recipe book:

  • Baking magic: awaken your inner pastry chef, Sasha Nary (front table books)
  • Great Scoops: Recipes from a Neighborhood Ice Cream ShopAmelia Ryan and Marlene Hayley (Figure 1 edition)
  • Playlist Kitchen: catchy recipes and the music that brought them to lifeBecky Van Drunen (editing playlists)


  • Discombobulated Constellations, Briana Lenzi (FriesenPress)
  • North star heart, Natasha Silva (independently released)
  • Shit JodyKrista Black (FriesenPress)

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