15 May

Congratulations to the 2015 Atlantic Book Awards Winners!

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The winners of the 2015 Atlantic Book Awards were announced Thursday night in a ceremony held at the Alderney Landing Theatre in Dartmouth, NS. CBC Radio’s Stephanie Domet hosted the sold-out event, with books representing the wide range of literary works being produced in Atlantic Canada—from illustrated cookbooks to evocative novels.

The second Atlantic Book Awards Pioneer Award was given to Dartmouth, NS resident Paul Robinson for his longstanding contribution to writing and publishing in the region, and throughout Canada. Paul Robinson has been a driving force in the celebration of writing and writers, with a thirty-five year involvement in publishing in Atlantic Canada. His passionate championship of Nova Scotian and Atlantic writers led to the creation of the Dartmouth Book Awards in 1988 as the first municipal literary award east of Montreal and a precursor to the Atlantic Book Awards. Paul was the founding chair of the Dartmouth Book Awards and the Dartmouth Student Writing Awards and served as chair for 25 years. The Pioneer Award is given as a lifetime achievement award recognizing an individual’s exceptional contribution to the literary arts in Atlantic Canada.
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08 Apr

Twenty-Four Books Nominated for 2015 Atlantic Book Awards

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The Atlantic Book Awards Society is pleased to announce the full shortlist for the eight different book prizes comprising the 2015 Atlantic Book Awards. The twenty-four books up for awards represent a wide range of books from Atlantic Canada—everything from illustrated cookbooks to evocative novels. The full shortlist is printed below and is available at www.atlanticbookawards.ca. Read More

16 Mar

2015 Atlantic Book Awards and Festival Short -List Announcement!

The 2015 Atlantic Book Awards season will officially begin on Tuesday, April 7 with the announcement of the shortlists for this year’s eight participating awards.  Be among the first to share this exciting news and attend our kick-off event in Paul O’Regan Hall at the new Halifax Central Library at 7 pm,  Tuesday, April 7.  The evening will also feature a panel of outstanding Atlantic writers in conversation, including Valerie Compton and Ami McKay.  Tickets are $12 at the door.

Writers in Conversation: Jon Tattrie with Valerie Compton, Alexander MacLeod & Ami McKay

With a special presentation by Dalhousie University Creative Writing students with Shandi Mitchell

Atlantic Book Awards and Festival 2015  – May 7-14.

This year’s Festival will feature events with our shortlisted authors and illustrators in all four Atlantic Provinces. Watch this space for the full schedule of events as soon as the shortlists are announced on April 7.

SAVE THE DATE!

The 2015 Atlantic Book Awards Gala will be held Thursday, May 14 at 7 pm in the Alderney Landing Theatre, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.  Tickets will be 20.00, and the evening will also feature a great silent auction and opportunities to buy copies of all shortlisted books.  You won’t want to miss it!  Watch this space for more details!

23 May

2014 Atlantic Book Awards Winners Announced

The winners of the 2014 Atlantic Book Awards were announced Wednesday night in a ceremony held at the Delta Prince Edward/Prince Edward Island Convention Centre in Charlottetown, PEI. CBC Radio’s Matt Rainnie hosted the sold-out event,with books representing the wide range of literary works being produced in Atlantic Canada—from traditional novels to cutting edge fiction; thought-provoking non-fiction and deeply researched books on Atlantic Canadian history, to poetry; and illustrated children’s picture books to novels written for teens and young adults. Three PEI Book Awards were given out for Non-Fiction, Fiction and Poetry. This marks the first time the event has taken place on PEI.

The inaugural Atlantic Book Awards Pioneer Award was given to Bonshaw, PEI resident Harry Baglole for his path-breaking contribution to PEI writing and publishing, including his instrumental role in establishing one of the Island’s first publishing houses, Ragweed Press, in 1973, and his leadership in the development of the Institute of Island Studies and of its publishing arm, Island Studies Press. The Pioneer Award is given as a lifetime achievement award recognizing an individual’s exceptional contribution to the literary arts in Atlantic Canada.

The eleven award-winning books, publishers and authors/illustrators are:

1. Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature: Nix Minus One, by Jill MacLean, published by Pajama Press

2. Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association’s Best Atlantic-Published Book Award, Sponsored by Friesens Corporation: Acorn Press for Ni’n na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island by Jesse Francis and A.J.B. Johnston

3. Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing, Sponsored by Marquis Book Printing: Black Loyalists: Southern Settlers of Nova Scotia’s First Free Black Communities by Ruth Holmes Whitehead, published by Nimbus Publishing

4. Dartmouth Book Award for Non-fiction in Memory of Robbie Robertson Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Dartmouth: Scapegoat: the extraordinary legal proceedings following the 1917 Halifax Explosion by Joel Zemel, published by New World Publishing

5. Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing: The August Gales: The Tragic Loss of Fishing Schooners in the North Atlantic, 1926 and 1927, by Gerald Hallowell, published by Nimbus Publishing

6. Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction), presented by Boyne Clarke: Fallsy Downsies, by Stephanie Domet, published by Invisible Publishing

7. Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration: Susan Tooke for Lasso the Wind: Aurélia’s Verses and Other Poems, written by George Elliott Clarke, published by Nimbus Publishing

8. Margaret and John Savage First Book Award, Sponsored by Collins Barrow, Weed Man and the Savage Family: Turn Us Again by Charlotte R. Mendel, published by Roseway Publishing

9. PEI Book Award – Fiction (part of the Prince Edward Island Book Awards): Riptides: New Island Fiction, edited by Richard Lemm, published by Acorn Press

10. PEI Book Award – Non-Fiction (part of the Prince Edward Island Book Awards): Ni’n na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island by Jesse Francis and A.J.B. Johnston, published by Acorn Press

11. PEI Book Award – Poetry (part of the Prince Edward Island Book Awards): The TWIG Collective – A Gathering of Twigs edited by P. Susan Buchanan and Margot Maddison-MacFadyen, published by TWiG Publications

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