26 Oct

Call for Book Awards Jurors

Call for Jury Members

2021 Atlantic Book Awards

The Atlantic Book Awards Society (ABAS) is currently seeking jury members for the following 2021 Atlantic Book Awards:

  • Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction 
  • Dartmouth Book Award for Non-Fiction
  • Margaret and John Savage First Book Award for Fiction
  • Margaret and John Savage First Book Award for Non-Fiction
  • Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing
  • Alistair MacLeod Short Fiction Prize

ABAS wishes to ensure that the composition of our juries is reflective of the diverse community of authors, illustrators, and publishers who participate in our awards programs. The jury for each award is made up of 3 members.

JURY MEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Read and evaluate all books submitted to the award (judging criteria for each award will be provided).
  • Keep concise notes on your evaluations. These will be submitted to the awards coordinator once the judging is complete as jury comments are used in promotion of the shortlisted titles and winners.
  • Attend the judging meeting where the shortlist of 3 books will be determined and if possible, the winner. A second judging meeting may be required if the jury cannot decide on a winner at the first session, but this is normally not required.
  • Note: All judging decisions must remain confidential until the shortlists are publicly announced.

GENERAL INFORMATION

What is the timeline?

  • November 15: Books ready for jury members to pick up.
  • February 8: Target date for judging meetings. Depending on public safety protocols and/or location of jurors, these meetings may be held either via Zoom or in-person at the Alderney Gate Library in Dartmouth.
  • March 2021: Shortlists are announced.
  • May 13, 2021: Awards Gala at Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library

How many books will I have to read?

The number of books submitted for each award varies but usually averages between 10 and 25.  As a guideline, here are the numbers of books submitted for each award for 2020, which was an average year:  

  • Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction): 12
  • Dartmouth Book Award (Non-Fiction): 21
  • Margaret and John Savage First Book Award (Fiction): 9
  • Margaret and John Savage First Book Award (Non-Fiction): 13
  • Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing: 16
  • Alistair MacLeod Short Fiction Prize: 8

Do I get to keep the books?

Yes! As your thank-you for putting in all of those reading hours, you may keep any of the books you wish.

Will I have to serve on the jury more than one year? 

Not necessarily. We’re suggesting a maximum term of two years, provided new jury members can be found.

Interested? Want more information?

Contact Heather MacKenzie at mackenh@halifax.ca

902-490-6789

07 Oct

Additional Calls for Nominations – WFNS / ABAS

In addition to the Calls for Nominations already announced, we are pleased to join the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia in calling for nominations for the following awards:

Eligibility Dates:  November 2nd 2018 – November 1st 2020 [YA titles this year. ]

Eligibility:  November 2nd 2019 – November 1st 2020.   

Eligibility:  November 2nd 2019 – November 1st 2020.   

Eligibility:  November 2nd 2019 – November 1st 2020.   

And, new this year (!):

Eligibility: November 2nd 2018 – November 1st 2020. 

07 Oct

Calls for Submissions – 2021 Atlantic Book Awards

1. Dartmouth Book Awards (Fiction and Non-Fiction) — Submissions due November 2, 2020: the complete Call for Nominations document, with further information and instructions, is online here; the submission form is online here.

2. Margaret and John Savage First Book Award (Fiction and Non-Fiction) — Submissions due November 2, 2020: the complete Call for Nominations document, with further information and instructions, is online here; the submission form is online here.

3. Alistair MacLeod Short Fiction Prize — Submissions due November 2, 2020: the complete Call for Nominations document, with further information and instructions, is online here; the submission form is online here.

4. Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing — — Submissions due December 1, 2020: the complete Call for Nominations document and submissions form is online here.

5. Democracy 250 (D250) Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing — Submissions due November 2, 2020: the complete Call for Nominations document, with further information and instructions, is online here; the submission form is online here.

30 Jun

Welcome to the Atlantic Book Awards Virtual Gala

Music by bensound.com

Video created by Stacey Cornelius

(Halifax, NS)  2020 Atlantic Book Awards Winners Announced

The thirteen winners of the 2020 Atlantic Book Awards were announced virtually on June 30, 2020, with titles ranging from a short story collection, poetry, historical books, fiction, children’s books and memoirs.

Scot’s Bay, Nova Scotia’s Ami McKay was a double winner for Daughter of Family G:  A Memoir of Cancer Genes, Love and Fate (Knopf Canada), taking home both the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award and the Robbie Robertson Dartmouth Book Award (Non-Fiction). The book traces McKay’s family history with cancer back to the mid 1800’s, including the true story of her great great aunt Pauline, a story which led to a breakthrough in medical history.

Newfoundland author Gemma Hickey and Breakwater Books took home two awards for Almost Feral, winning Breakwater the APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book Award and Gemma Hickey the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award (Non-Fiction). The book traces Hickey’s 908 kilometer trek across Newfoundland in 2015, raising funds for survivors of clergy abuse.  It also recounts Hickey’s remarkable story of self-discovery, which led to the realization that they are transgender.

One of Canada’s largest book prizes, the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, went to Newfoundland author Michael Crummey for his novel about a brother and sister orphaned in an isolated cove on Newfoundland’s northern coastline, The Innocents (Doubleday Canada).  The $25,000 prize is awarded by the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia, with support from Thomas Head Raddalls’ family.

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

1. Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction

Nosy White Woman by Martha Wilson (Biblioasis)

2.  Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature

Everybody’s Different on EveryBody Street, by Sheree Fitch (Nimbus Publishing)

3.  Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing, Sponsored by Marquis Book Printing

Truth and Conviction:  Donald Marshall Jr. and the Mik’kmaw Quest for Justice by L. Jane McMillan (UBC Press)

4.  Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association’s Best Atlantic-Published Book Award, Sponsored by Friesens Corporation

Breakwater Books for Almost Feral by Gemma Hickey

5.  Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing

Dangerous Enemy Sympathizers:  Canadian Internment Camp B, 1940-1945 by Andrew Theobald (Goose Lane Editions)

6.  Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award

Daughter of Family G:  A Memoir of Cancer Genes, Love and Fate by Ami McKay (Knopf Canada)

7.  Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction), presented by BoyneClarke LLP

The Difference, by Marina Endicott (Knopf Canada)

8.  J.M. Abraham Poetry Award\

Belated Bris of the Brainsick by Lucas Crawford (Nightwood Editions)

9.  Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration

Sydney Smith for Small in the City, written by Sydney Smith (Groundwood Books)

10.  Margaret and John Savage First Book Award (fiction), Sponsored by the family of John and Margaret Savage and Royden Trainor

Crow by Amy Spurway (Goose Lane Editions)

11. Margaret and John Savage First Book Award – (Non-Fiction) sponsored by Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission, Weed Man Maritimes, Heritage House Law Office, I Love Renovations and Simple Sage Solutions

Almost Feral by Gemma Hickey, (Breakwater Books)

12.  The Robbie Robertson Dartmouth Book Award (Non-Fiction), Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Dartmouth

Daughter of Family G:  A Memoir of Cancer Genes, Love and Fate by Ami McKay (Knopf Canada)

13.  Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award

The Innocents by Michael Crummey (Doubleday Canada)

About the Atlantic Book Awards Society

The Board of the non-profit Atlantic Book Awards Society (ABAS) is made up of representatives of the Atlantic Canadian book and writing community. The 2020 Atlantic Book Awards and Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Book Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage, Halifax Public Libraries, Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, Dartmouth Book Awards and the support of Chapters/Indigo/Coles and Alliance Française Halifax.

(Halifax, N.-É.)  Annonce du nom des récipiendaires des Prix littéraires de l’Atlantique 2020.

Les treize récipiendaires des Prix littéraires de l’Atlantique 2020 ont été annoncé virtuellement le 30 juin 2020 pour des œuvres allant des recueils de nouvelles, de poésie, de publications historiques, à des fictions, des livres pour enfants et des mémoires.

Ami McKay de Scot’s Bay en Nouvelle Écosse a remporté deux prix pour Daughter of Family G: A Memoir of Cancer Genes, Love and Fate (Knopf Canada) : le Prix littéraire Evelyn Richardson pour une œuvre non romanesque et le Prix littéraire Dartmouth Robbie Robertson pour œuvre non romanesque. Le livre retrace l’histoire familiale de McKay face au cancer dans le milieu des années 1800 et de l’histoire vraie de son arrière grand-tante Pauline qui a permis une percée dans la médecine.

Gemma Hickey, auteur originaire de Terre Neuve et les éditions Breakwater Books ont remporté deux prix pour Almost Feral : le prix de l’APMA pour meilleur livre publié au Canada atlantique pour les éditions Breakwater et le prix première œuvre littéraire non romanesque Margaret et John Savage pour Gemma Hickey. Le livre retrace le périple de 908 kilomètres de Hickey à travers la province de Terre Neuve en 2015 pour lever des fonds en faveur des survivants de maltraitance du clergé. L’ouvrage raconte aussi l’histoire remarquable de la découverte personnelle de Hickey qui lui a permis de réaliser qu’iel était transgenre.

Le Prix Thomas Raddall pour une œuvre de fiction d’un auteur de l’Atlantique, l’un des prix littéraires les plus importants du Canada, a été remis à Michael Crummey, auteur originaire de Terre Neuve pour son roman The Innocents (Doubleday Canada) à propos d’un frère et d’une sœur orphelins dans une crique isolée de la côte nord de Terre Neuve. Ce prix de 25 000 $ est décerné par la Fédération des Auteurs de la Nouvelle Écosse avec le soutien de la famille de Thomas Head Raddall.

Les treize prix pour des œuvres, des éditeurs et des auteurs et des illustrateurs sont :

Prix Alistair MacLeod pour recueil de nouvelles

Nosy White Woman de Martha Wilson (Biblioasis)

Prix Ann Connor Brimer pour la littérature pour enfants

Everybody’s Different on EveryBody Street de Sheree Fitch (Nimbus Publishing)

Prix littéraire de l’Atlantique pour publication scientifique, parrainé par Marquis Book Printing

Truth and Conviction:  Donald Marshall Jr. and the Mik’kmaw Quest for Justice de L. Jane McMillan (UBC Press)

Prix de l’APMA (Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association) pour meilleur livre publié au Canada atlantique, parrainé par la Friesens Corporation

Breakwater Books pour Almost Feral de Gemma Hickey

Prix littéraire de l’Atlantique Democracy 250 pour publication historique

Dangerous Enemy Sympathizers: Canadian Internment Camp B, 1940-1945 de Andrew Theobald (Goose Lane Editions)

Prix Evelyn Richardson pour œuvre non romanesque

Daughter of Family G:  A Memoir of Cancer Genes, Love and Fate de Ami McKay (Knopf Canada)

Prix littéraire de Dartmouth Jim Connors pour œuvre de fiction, présenté par Boyne Clarke, s.r.l

The Difference de Marina Endicott (Knopf Canada)

Prix de poésie J.M. Abraham

Belated Bris of the Brainsick de Lucas Crawford (Nightwood Editions)

Prix Lillian Shepherd pour l’excellence des illustrations

Sydney Smith pour Small in the City écrit parSydney Smith (Groundwood Books)

Prix première oeuvre littéraire Margaret et John Savage, parrainé par la famille de John et Margaret Savage et Royden Trainor

Crow de Amy Spurway (Goose Lane Editions)

Prix première œuvre littéraire Margaret et John Savage (oeuvre non romanesque), parrainé par la Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission, Weed Man Maritimes, Heritage House Law Office, I Love Renovations and Simple Sage Solutions

Almost Feral de Gemma Hickey (Breakwater Books)

Prix littéraire de Dartmouth pour œuvre non romanesque (nommé en l’honneur de Robbie Robertson), présenté par le Club Kiwanis de Dartmouth

Daughter of Family G:  A Memoir of Cancer Genes, Love and Fate de Ami McKay (Knopf Canada)

Prix Thomas Raddall pour une œuvre de fiction d’un auteur de l’Atlantique

The Innocents de Michael Crummey (Doubleday Canada)

À propos de la Société des prix littéraires de l’Atlantique

Le conseil d’administration de l’association de la Société des prix littéraires de l’Atlantique est composé de représentants de la communauté du livre et de la littérature dans le Canada atlantique. Le festival et les prix littéraires de l’Atlantique 2020 reconnaissent le soutien du Fonds du livre du Canada de Patrimoine Canadien, des bibliothèques publiques de Halifax, Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, Dartmouth Book Awards ainsi que l’apport de l’Alliance Française Halifax et de Chapters/Indigo/Coles.

22 Jun

Atlantic Book Awards & Festival 2020: A Virtual Experience

A thousand “thank yous” to our friends at the Halifax Public Libraries for setting up this online offering for this year’s Book Awards & Festival. Atlantic Book Awards & Festival 2020: A Virtual Experience brings together readers, writers, and illustrators in a new way to celebrate the rich diversity and excellence in Atlantic Canadian writing and publishing. The shortlists for each of our 13 awards are presented, along with links to readings by nominees from their shortlisted books.

01 Jun

Announcing the 2020 Atlantic Book Awards Shortlist

Thirty-five Atlantic Canadian Books Nominated for 2020 Atlantic Book Awards

The Atlantic Book Awards Society is pleased to announce the shortlists for the thirteen different book prizes that make up the 2020 Atlantic Book Awards. The nominated titles represent a wide range of books from Atlantic Canada—everything from poetry to illustrated children’s books to adult fiction and non-fiction. The full shortlist of nominated titles is printed below and is available at www.atlanticbookawards.ca.

There are five double award nominees on this year’s shortlist, including writer Terry Doyle for his debut novel DIG (Breakwater Books); activist/author Gemma Hickey for

Almost Feral (Breakwater Books); acclaimed author Ami McKay for her non-fiction work Daughter of Family G:  A Memoir of Cancer Genes, Love and Fate (Knopf Canada); first-time novelist Amy Spurway for Crow (Goose Lane Editions); and former Halifax Poet Laureate Rebecca Thomas for the children’s book, I’m Finding My Talk (Nimbus Publishing).

The 2020 Atlantic Book Awards includes one of Canada’s biggest book prizes, the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, valued at $25,000. This year’s Raddall Award nominees are Halifax lawyer Jaime Burnet for her debut novel,  Crocuses Hatch from Snow (Vagrant Press – a Nimbus imprint); Newfoundland’s Michael Crummey for The Innocents (Doubleday Canada); and Nova Scotia author and filmmaker Shandi Mitchell for The Waiting Hours (Viking Canada).

Twenty-five of the thirty-nine nominations are for books published by Atlantic publishers. Nova Scotia’s Nimbus Publishing/Vagrant Press leads with eight shortlisted titles, while Newfoundland’s Breakwater Books has five, including two of the three nominated titles for the APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book Award. Other regional publishers are:  Running the Goat Books and ISER Books (NL); Gaspereau Press, Nevermore Press, Fernwood Publishing (NS); Island Studies Press (PEI); and Goose Lane Editions and Bouton D’or Acadie (NB).

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, the 2020 Atlantic Book Festival and awards gala, initially planned for this month, is now taking place online through the month of June, with the winners announced on June 30.   Details will be posted shortly at  www.atlanticbookawards.ca and through social media as they become available. 

The 2020 Pioneer Award, which will go to someone from Nova Scotia who has made a substantial contribution to the literary life of the region will be postponed until 2021, when it will be awarded in person. The 2021 awards gala is currently slated to take place on May 13 at Halifax Central Library.

The board of the non-profit Atlantic Book Awards Society is made up of representatives of the Atlantic Canadian book and writing community. The 2020 Atlantic Book Awards and Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Book Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage, Halifax Public Libraries and the sponsorship of Alliance Française Halifax and Chapters/Indigo/Coles.

2020 ATLANTIC BOOK AWARDS and FESTIVAL SHORTLIST

1.  Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction

A Dark House and Other Stories by Ian Colford (Vagrant Press – a Nimbus imprint)

DIG by Terry Doyle (Breakwater Books)

Nosy White Woman by Martha Wilson (Biblioasis)

2.  Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature

EveryBody’s Different on EveryBody Street by Sheree Fitch (Nimbus Publishing)

A World Below by Wesley King (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books)

I’m Finding My Talk by Rebecca Thomas (Nimbus Publishing)

3.  Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association Best Atlantic-Published Book Award Sponsored by Friesens Corporation

Almost Feral by Gemma Hickey (Breakwater Books)

I Lost My Talk by Rita Joe and I’m Finding My Talk by Rebecca Thomas (companion books), illustrated by Pauline Young (Nimbus Publishing)

Land Beyond the Sea by Kevin Major (Breakwater Books)

4.  Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing, Sponsored by Marquis Book Printing

Shaped by Silence:  Stories from Inmates of the Good Shepherd Laundries and Reformatories by Rie Croll (ISER Books)

The Wake:  The Deadly Legacy of a Newfoundland Tsunami by Linden MacIntyre (HarperCollins Canada)

Truth and Conviction:  Donald Marshall Jr. and the Mi’kmaw Quest for Justice by L. Jane McMillan (UBC Press)

5.  Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing

Listening for the Dead Bells by Marian Bruce (Island Studies Press)

As British as the King:  Lunenburg County During the First World War by Gerald Hallowell (Nimbus Publishing)

Dangerous Enemy Sympathizers:  Canadian Internment Camp B, 1940-1945 by Andrew Theobald (Goose Lane Editions)

6.  Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award

Daughter of Family G:  A Memoir of Cancer Genes, Love and Fate by Ami McKay (Knopf Canada)

Mayann Francis: An Honourable Life by The Honourable Dr. Mayann Francis (Nimbus Publishing)

Hell and Damnation:  A Sinner’s Guide to Eternal Torment by Marq de Villiers (University of Regina Press)

7.  Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction), presented by Boyne Clarke LLP

The Difference by Marina Endicott (Knopf Canada)

Broken Symmetry by Rosalie Osmond (Nevermore Press)

Crow by Amy Spurway (Goose Lane Editions)

8.  J.M. Abraham Poetry Award

Year of the Metal Rabbit by Tammy Armstrong (Gaspereau Press)

Smallholding by Anne Compton (Fitzhenry and Whiteside)

Belated Bris of the Brainsick by Lucas Crawford (Nightwood Editions)

9.  Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration

Denise Gallagher, illustrator for Peg Bearskin:  A Traditional Newfoundland Tale, written by adapted by Andy Jones and Philip Dinn from a story told by Mrs. Elizabeth Brewer (Running the Goat Books)

Danielle Loranger, illustrator for Un géant dans la tête, written by Danielle Loranger (Bouton D’or Acadie)

Sydney Smith, illustrator, for Small in the City, written by Sydney Smith (Groundwood Books)

10.  Margaret and John Savage First Book Award – Non-Fiction, sponsored by Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission, Weed Man Maritimes, Heritage House Law Office, I Love Renovations and Simple Sage Solutions

Almost Feral by Gemma Hickey (Breakwater Books)

Wounded Hearts:  Memories of the Halifax Protestant Orphans’ Home by Lois Legge (Nimbus Publishing)

Transplanted:  My Cystic Fibrosis Double-Lung Transplant Story by Allison Watson (Nimbus Publishing)

11.  Margaret and John Savage First Book Award – Fiction, sponsored by the family of John and Margaret Savage and Royden Trainor

DIG by Terry Doyle (Breakwater Books)

Going Dutch:  A Novel by James Gregor (Simon & Schuster)

Crow by Amy Spurway (Goose Lane Editions)

12.  Robbie Robertson Dartmouth Book Award (Non-fiction), presented by the Kiwanis Club of Dartmouth

Grandfather’s House:  Returning to Cape Breton by Clive Doucet (Nimbus Publishing)

Daughter of Family G:  A Memoir of Cancer Genes, Love and Fate by Ami McKay (Knopf Canada)

Ghosts Within:  Journeying Through PTSD by Garry Leech (Fernwood Publishing)

13.  Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award

Crocuses Hatch from Snow by Jaime Burnet (Vagrant Press – a Nimbus imprint)

The Innocents by Michael Crummey (Doubleday Canada)

The Waiting Hours by Shandi Mitchell (Viking Canada)

Halifax- N.-É. – 35 oeuvres du Canada atlantique nommés aux Prix littéraires de l’Atlantique

La Société des prix littéraires de l’Atlantique a le plaisir de vous présenter la liste des treize œuvres présélectionnées pour les Prix littéraires de l’Atlantique 2020. Les titres représentent une variété de livres du Canada atlantique – des recueils de poésie aux livres illustrés pour les enfants aux livres de fiction et de recherche pour un public adulte. La liste est disponible ci-dessous et sur le site internet www.atlanticbookawards.ca. 

Cette année il y a cinq nominés sélectionnés pour deux prix dont l’écrivain Terry Doyle pour son premier roman DIG (éditions Breakwater Books), l’auteure et activiste Gemma Hickey pour son livre Almost Feral (éditions Breakwater Books), l’écrivaine renommée Ami McKay pour son œuvre non-romanesque Daughter of Family G:  A Memoir of Cancer Genes, Love and Fate (éditions Knopf Canada), la nouvelle romancière Amy Spurway pour son œuvre Crow (éditions Goose Lane) et enfin, l’ancienne poète officielle de la ville de Halifax, Rebecca Thomas pour son livre jeunesse I’m Finding My Talk (éditions Nimbus Publishing)

Les prix littéraires de l’Atlantique 2020 offre l’une des plus grandes récompenses littéraires du Canada le Prix œuvre de fiction Thomas Raddall à un auteur de l’Atlantique d’une valeur de 25 000 $. Cette année les auteurs en nomination sont Jaime Burnet, avocate à Halifax, pour son premier roman Crocuses Hatch from Snow (Collection Vagrant Press –éditions Nimbus Publishing), l’auteur de Terre-Neuve Michael Crummey pour The Innocents (éditions Doubleday Canada) et l’auteure et cinéaste néo-écossaise Shandi Mitchell pour The Waiting Hours (éditions Viking Canada).

Vingt-cinq des trente-neuf nominations sont des livres publiés par des éditeurs de l’Atlantique. Nimbus Publishing / Vagrant Press de la Nouvelle-Écosse est en tête avec huit titres présélectionnés, tandis que Breakwater Books de Terre-Neuve en a cinq, dont deux des trois titres en nomination pour le prix APMA du meilleur livre publié en Atlantique. Les autres éditeurs régionaux sont: Running the Goat Books et ISER Books (T.-N.-L), Gaspereau Press, Nevermore Press, Fernwood Publishing (N.-É.); Island Studies Press (Î.-P.-É.); et Goose Lane Editions et Bouton D’or Acadie (N.-B.).

Compte tenu de la situation liée à la COVID-19, le Festival du livre de l’Atlantique 2020 et le gala de remise des prix, initialement prévus pour ce mois-ci, se dérouleront en ligne tout au long du mois de juin, les gagnants seront annoncés le 30 juin. Les détails seront publiés sous peu à l’adresse suivante: www.atlanticbookawards.ca et sur les réseaux sociaux dès qu’ils seront disponibles.

Le prix Pionnier.ère 2020, qui est décerné à une personnalité de la Nouvelle-Écosse qui a apporté une contribution substantielle à la vie littéraire de la région, est reporté à 2021, date à laquelle il sera remis en personne. Le gala de remise des prix 2021 devrait avoir lieu le 13 mai à la Bibliothèque centrale d’Halifax

Le conseil d’administration de l’association de la Société des prix littéraires de l’Atlantique est composé de représentants de la communauté du livre et de la littérature dans le Canada atlantique. Le festival et les prix littéraires de l’Atlantique 2020 reconnaissent le soutien du Fonds du livre du Canada de Patrimoine Canadien, des bibliothèques publiques de Halifax ainsi que l’apport de l’Alliance Française Halifax et de Chapters/Indigo/Coles.

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Festival et Prix littéraires de l’Atlantique 2020 – liste des présélectionnés

1.  Prix Alistair MacLeod pour recueil de nouvelles

A Dark House and Other Stories de Ian Colford (Collection Vagrant Press – éditions Nimbus Publishing)

DIG de Terry Doyle (éditions Breakwater Books)

Nosy White Woman de Martha Wilson (éditions Biblioasis)

2.  Prix Ann Connor Brimer pour la littérature pour enfants

EveryBody’s Different on EveryBody Street de Sheree Fitch (éditions Nimbus Publishing)

A World Below de Wesley King (éditions Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books)

I’m Finding My Talk de Rebecca Thomas (éditions Nimbus Publishing)

3.  le prix APMA (Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association du meilleur livre publié en Atlantique – parrainé par Friesens Corporation

Almost Feral de Gemma Hickey (éditions Breakwater Books)

I Lost My Talk by Rita Joe & I’m Finding My Talk de Rebecca Thomas (companion books), illustré par Pauline Young (éditions Nimbus Publishing)

Land Beyond the Sea de Kevin Major (éditions Breakwater Books)

4. Prix littéraire de l’Atlantique pour publication scientifique, parrainé par Marquis Book Printing

Shaped by Silence:  Stories from Inmates of the Good Shepherd Laundries and Reformatories de Rie Croll (éditions ISER Books)

The Wake:  The Deadly Legacy of a Newfoundland Tsunami de Linden MacIntyre (éditions HarperCollins Canada)

Truth and Conviction:  Donald Marshall Jr. and the Mi’kmaw Quest for Justice de L. Jane McMillan (éditions UBC Press)

5.  Prix littéraire de l’Atlantique Democracy 250 pour publication historique

Listening for the Dead Bells de Marian Bruce (éditions Island Studies Press)

As British as the King:  Lunenburg County During the First World War de Gerald Hallowell (éditions Nimbus Publishing)

Dangerous Enemy Sympathizers:  Canadian Internment Camp B, 1940-1945 de Andrew Theobald (éditions Goose Lane Editions)

6.  Prix littéraire Evelyn Richardson pour une œuvre non romanesque

Daughter of Family G:  A Memoir of Cancer Genes, Love and Fate de Ami McKay (éditions Knopf Canada)

Mayann Francis: An Honourable Life de The Honourable Dr. Mayann Francis (éditions Nimbus Publishing)

Hell and Damnation:  A Sinner’s Guide to Eternal Torment de Marq de Villiers (éditions University of Regina Press)

7.  Prix littéraire de Dartmouth Jim Connors pour œuvre de fiction, présenté par Boyne Clarke LLP

The Difference de Marina Endicott (Knopf Canada)

Broken Symmetry de Rosalie Osmond (éditions Nevermore Press)

Crow de Amy Spurway (éditions Goose Lane)

8.  Prix de Poésie J.M. Abraham

Year of the Metal Rabbit de Tammy Armstrong (éditions Gaspereau Press)

Smallholding de Anne Compton (éditions Fitzhenry and Whiteside)

Belated Bris of the Brainsick de Lucas Crawford (éditions Nightwood Editions)

9.  Prix Lillian Shepherd pour l’excellence des illustrations

Denise Gallagher, illustratrice du livre Peg Bearskin:  A Traditional Newfoundland Tale, adapté à l’écrit par Andy Jones et Philip Dinn d’une histoire racontée par Mme. Elizabeth Brewer (éditions Running the Goat Books)

Danielle Loranger, illustratrice pour Un géant dans la tête, écrit par Danielle Loranger (éditions Bouton D’or Acadie)

Sydney Smith, illustrateur de Small in the City, écrit par Sydney Smith (éditions Groundwood Books)

10.  Prix première œuvre littéraire Margaret et John Savage – œuvre de non-romanesque parrainé par la Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission, Weed Man Maritimes, Heritage House Law Office, I Love Renovations et  Simple Sage Solutions

Almost Feral de Gemma Hickey (Breakwater Books)

Wounded Hearts:  Memories of the Halifax Protestant Orphans’ Home de Lois Legge (éditions Nimbus Publishing)

Transplanted:  My Cystic Fibrosis Double-Lung Transplant Story de Allison Watson (éditions Nimbus Publishing)

11.  Prix première œuvre littéraire Margaret et John Savage, parrainé la famille de John et Margaret Savage et Royden Trainor

DIG de Terry Doyle (éditions Breakwater Books)

Going Dutch:  A Novel de James Gregor (éditions Simon & Schuster)

Crow de Amy Spurway (éditions Goose Lane)

12.  Prix littéraire Dartmouth Robbie Roberston pour œuvre non romanesque présenté par le Club Kiwanis de Dartmouth

Grandfather’s House:  Returning to Cape Breton de Clive Doucet (éditions Nimbus Publishing)

Daughter of Family G:  A Memoir of Cancer Genes, Love and Fate de Ami McKay (éditions Knopf Canada)

Ghosts Within:  Journeying Through PTSD de Garry Leech (éditions Fernwood Publishing)

13Prix œuvre de fiction Thomas Raddall par un auteur de l’Atlantique

Crocuses Hatch from Snow de Jaime Burnet (collection Vagrant Press – éditions Nimbus Publishing)

The Innocents de Michael Crummey (éditions Doubleday Canada)

The Waiting Hours de Shandi Mitchell  (éditions Viking Canada)

27 Mar

Call For Submissions: 2020 Pioneer Award (Nova Scotia)

Although the 2020 Atlantic Book Awards Festival and Gala have been postponed due to the COVID 19 emergency, the Atlantic Book Awards Society is moving ahead with the call for nominations for the 2020 Pioneer Award. This award is designed to honor trail blazers and ground-breakers who have made a lasting contribution to the development of the literary arts in Atlantic Canada. The recipient can be from the field of publishing, writing, book-selling, literary arts organizations etc. In keeping with our tradition, since our 2020 Book Awards Gala is being held in Halifax in the Fall of 2020, the Pioneer Award recipient this year will be someone from Nova Scotia, as that is the host province for this year’s Gala.

If you would like to nominate someone, please send a brief biographical summary of the person, focusing on their career in literary arts, and reasons why you feel they would be a worthy recipient of this year’s Pioneer Award. Also include full contact information for your nominee. Send submissions to mackenh@halifax.ca by June 1, 2020. More information about the Award is available here.

Submissions will be judged by a committee independent of the Atlantic Book Awards Society Board.

19 Mar

POSTPONEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, the board of the Atlantic Book Awards Society has decided to postpone the 2020 Atlantic Book Festival and Awards Gala initially planned for May, 2020.

While pandemic-related disruptions are likely to continue for some time, we are now planning to announce our shortlist in late June or early July and to hold the festival and gala in late fall, if possible. We will keep you posted. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Stay well, and enjoy the comfort and wisdom of a good book—a good Atlantic Canadian book—during these challenging times.