Turns out they give awards for best non-fiction and best first book.
Delivered my books in person.
Yes, to the right place.
Yes, I was also on time.
(Thank you for the vote of confidence).
Went to Edmonton.
No non-literary books allowed. No cookbooks. No "How-To" Manuals. No "self-help" books.
You must be so disappointed, e-mail said.
Immediately called and calmly asked for explanation.
Was told it was a grey area. Major concern: If book goes forward, and wins, and someone contests it because it is technically a self-help book, what will they say?
(Resisted the urge to recommend possible responses.)
Called my husband.
Left store empty handed as red t-shirted and beige panted employees gently backed away.
1. Perfectly good
2. No amount of complaining, effective or otherwise, will change jury's decision, which according to all the fine print, is final
3. Book was disqualified because it is good. Had it been bad, and stood absolutely no chance of winning, it would have been no threat to anyone and would therefore not been disqualified.
4. Does this not remind you of the time I lost my cool in the library? What is it with me and literature that is just so damn sensitive? Maybe need to screw the book thing and take up basketweaving.