American Book Awards

The Before Columbus Foundation has selected The Trickster Shift as a winner of the twenty-first annual American Book Awards for 2000. The Foundation is dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of contemporary American multicultural literature. The awards are presented each year to recognize outstanding literary achievement and acknowledge excellence and multicultural diversity in American writing. The award was presented on June 3, 2000, during the BookExpo America Convention in Chicago. For a list of current and past award recipients see the list provided by the Before Columbus Foundation.


Allan J. Ryan, on the right, receives the American Book Award from Gundars Strads, Executive Director of The Before Columbus Foundation, June 3, 2000, in Chicago.

AlcuinAlcuin Society Citation

In its eighteenth annual competition The Alcuin Society has awarded The Trickster Shift second prize for excellence in book design in Canada in the Non-Fiction Illustrated category.

The Association of American University Presses

The Association of American University Presses has selected The Trickster Shift for inclusion in its 1999–2000 Book, Jacket, and Journal Show. Of 367 books submitted, a total of 50 were chosen in six categories. The Trickster Shift was selected in the Scholarly Illustrated category. This competition particularly recognizes the contributions of the designer George Vaitkunas and the UBC Press production coordinator George Maddison. The show was presented at the AAUP Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, and then travelled to various AAUP member presses for a two-week display. The Association of American University Presses is composed of 110 university presses from the US, Canada, and overseas.

The Association of Book Publishers of BCCatalogue

The Association of Book Publishers of BC has produced a series of catalogues of First Nations books from Canadian publishers suitable for schools.  The books are selected by aboriginal educators and the annotations are written by teacher-librarians, with the BC Ministry of Education curricula in mind. The Trickster Shift was selected for Grades 11 and 12 and is deemed suitable for First Nations Studies, Visual Arts, and Social Studies

The Trickster Shift was also chosen by a committee of librarians for inclusion in the 2000 edition of University Press Books Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries.