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12 Apr

Check out the 2018 Atlantic Book Awards Festival Lineup!

This year’s events, a mix of authors in conversation, readings and book signings, will take place in a variety of venues, from bookstores and libraries to breweries and cultural institutions like the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.  Events take place from St. John’s to Liverpool. Nominated authors include Newfoundland first novelist Mary Walsh (St. John’s, May 3 and Halifax, May 9) and celebrated children’s book illustrator, Sydney Smith (Halifax, May 8).

The Atlantic Book Awards is supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.  “The words and illustrations of books educate, entertain and bring people together and enrich and highlight our culture,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine.  “I encourage everyone to visit your local library to take in some of the events as we celebrate and shine a spotlight on our talented local authors, illustrators and publishers from Atlantic Canada.”

In addition to the Atlantic Book Awards gala and festival, the Atlantic Book Awards Society is pleased to join forces with the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association to present East Bound: Talking Atlantic Books May 9 to 11 in HalifaxFollowing a successful inaugural event in 2017, the three-day event will celebrate and promote books published in Atlantic Canada to Canadian and international delegates.

Newfoundland
Thursday, May 3 at 7:30 pm
Broken Books, 245 Duckworth St, St. John’s
Celebrate the Atlantic Book Awards with an evening of readings by nominated authors Bridget Canning (The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes), Eva Crocker (Barrelling Forward), Alison Dyer (I’d Write the Sea Like a Parlour Game) and Mary Walsh (Crying for the Moon).

New Brunswick
Tuesday, May 8 at 12:00 pm
Saint John Free Public Library, 1 Market Square, Saint John
Join us for the launch party of Rachel Bryant’s The Homing Place: Indigenous and Settler Literary Legacies of the Atlantic, shortlisted for the 2018 Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing, co-presented by Fog Lit Festival.

Nova Scotia
Wednesday, May 2 at 6:30 pm
Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax
We may be surrounded by fake news, but true stories are more popular than ever, as nonfiction books top bestseller lists and readers gobble up memoirs, historical narratives, investigative journalism and more. Join Dean Jobb, author of Empire of Deception, as he speaks with Atlantic Book Awards nominees: memoirist Pauline Dakin (Run, Hide, Repeat); investigative journalist Joan Baxter (The Mill: Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest); archaeologist and historian Karolyn Smardz Frost (Steal Away Home) and columnist John DeMont (The Long Way Home). Books will be for sale by King’s Co-op Bookstore.
Sponsored by the University of King’s College Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction.

Friday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Drs. Coady & Tompkins Memorial Library, 7972 Cabot Trail, Margaret Forks
A Literary Gala featuring readings by the three writers shortlisted for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize:  award-winning novelist Carol Bruneau and Margaree’s own Sarah Faber and Oisin Curran.  This event is co-hosted by two local literary organizations celebrating milestone anniversaries this year:  The Drs. Coady & Tompkins Memorial Library (in honour of its 40th anniversary) and the Cabot Trail Writers Festival (in honour of their 10th anniversary).

Saturday, May 5 at 2:30 pm
Bedford Public Library, 15 Dartmouth Road, Bedford
Join Dr. Brian Douglas Tennyson for a presentation on Nova Scotia’s experience of the First World War as explored in his latest book, Nova Scotia at War, 1914-1919, nominated for the 2018 Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing.

Sunday, May 6, at 2:00 pm
Musquodoboit Harbour Public Library, Village Plaza, 7900 #7 Highway, Musquodoboit Harbour
Author Lesley Choyce will read from The Unlikely Redemption of John Alexander MacNeil, nominated for the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction).

Sunday, May 6 at 2:00 pm
Lexicon Books, 125 Montague St, Lunenburg
Join Pauline Dakin (Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood), John DeMont (The Long Way Home: A Personal History of Nova Scotia) and Aaron Williams (Chasing Smoke: A Wildfire Memoir) as they read from their Atlantic Book Award-nominated memoirs. Book signing will follow.

Monday, May 7 at 5:00 pm
The Watch That Ends the Night, 15 Kings Wharf Pl Unit 104, Dartmouth
Join us to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Dartmouth Book Awards featuring readings by 2018 nominees Quentin Casey (The Sea Was in Their Blood:  The Disappearance of the Miss Ally’s Five-Man Crew), Carol Bruneau (A Bird on Every Tree) and author Meryl Cook (One Loop At a Time), with live music by the Evan Mahaney Jazz Trio. Books will be for sale by Bookmark Halifax.

Tuesday, May 8 at 6:00 pm
Woozles Bookstore, 1533 Birmingham St, Halifax
Celebrate the 40th anniversaries of Woozles Bookstore and Nimbus Publishing at a special event sponsored by Marquis Book Printing and featuring celebrated illustrators Angela Doak (Atlantic Animal ABC), Sydney Smith (Smoot, Town is by the Sea) and Emma FitzGerald (Everybody’s Different on Everybody Street).

Tuesday, May 8 at 7:00 pm
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 1675 Lower Water St, Halifax
Based on first-hand accounts of the author’s father, a rifleman from Jacquet River, NB, Andy Flanagan’s The Endless Battle: The Fall of Hong Kong and Canadian POWs in Imperial Japan, nominated for the Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing explores the Battle of Hong Kong and its long aftermath. Join Flanagan for a special presentation and author talk.

Wednesday, May 9 at 7:00 pm
Lane’s Privateer Inn, 27 Bristol Ave, Liverpool
Join us at Lane’s Privateer Inn for readings by the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award nominees, Carol Bruneau (A Bird on Every Tree), Oisin Curran (Blood Fable) and Sarah Faber (All is Beauty Now).

Wednesday, May 9 at 8:00 pm
Garrison Brewing Company, 1149 Marginal Rd, Halifax,
Raise a beer to the Atlantic Book Awards nominees at Garrison Brewery and join us for readings by Mary Walsh (Crying for the Moon), Allan Cooper (Everything We’ve Loved Comes Back to Find Us) and David Huebert (Peninsula Sinking). Books will be for sale by Bookmark Halifax.

Prince Edward Island
Wednesday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m.
Confederation Centre Public Library, 145 Richmond St., Charlottetown
Powered by Love: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa interweaves the remarkable stories of African grandmothers who stepped in to care for their orphaned grandchildren in the wake of AIDS with the stories of the Canadian grandmothers who rallied to build a social movement to support the African grandmothers based on the principles of solidarity, not charity. Join the author, Joanna Henry, and the photographer, Alexis MacDonald (from PEI), in a candid, thought-provoking conversation on the making of this best-selling book – from the deliberate design and selection of photos, to the unique way this story is told in a collective, feminist voice. Books will be for sale by Bookmark.

28 Mar

2018 Pioneer Award: Call for Nominations

The Atlantic Book Awards Society is looking for nominations for the 2018 Pioneer Award. This award is designed to honour 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 2018 Book Awards Gala is being held in Halifax on May 10, the 2018 Pioneer Award recipient will be someone from Nova Scotia, as that is the host province for the Gala this year. Please visit the Pioneer Award page for more information, including nomination guidelines.

26 Mar

2018 ATLANTIC BOOK AWARDS SHORTLIST / LISTE DES CANDIDATS SÉLECTIONNÉS POUR LES PRIX LITTÉRAIRES DE L’ATLANTIQUE DE 2018

The Atlantic Book Awards Society is pleased to announce the shortlist for the twelve different book prizes comprising the 2018 Atlantic Book Awards. The nominated titles represent a wide range of books from Atlantic Canada—everything from history to kids’ books.

The Awards will be given out in Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library, on Thursday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m. This year’s Pioneer Award will also be awarded to someone from Nova Scotia who has made a substantial contribution to the literary life of the region.

2018 ATLANTIC BOOK AWARDS and FESTIVAL SHORTLIST

 Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction
Scars and other Stories
By Don Aker
Publisher: Pottersfield Press

Barrelling Forward
By Eva Crocker
Publisher: House of Anansi Press

Peninsula Sinking
By David Huebert
Publisher: Biblioasis

Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature
The Painting
By Charis Cotter
Publisher: Tundra Books

Polly MacCauley’s Finest Divinest, Wooliest Gift of All
By Sheree Fitch
Publisher: Running the Goat Books and Broadsides

The Memory Chair
By Susan White
Publisher: Acorn Press

Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing, Sponsored by Marquis Book Printing
The Mill: Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest
By Joan Baxter
Publisher: Pottersfield Press

The Homing Place: Indigenous and Settler Literary Legacies of the Atlantic
By Rachel Bryant
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Steal Away Home: One Woman’s Epic Flight to Freedom
By Karolyn Smardz Frost
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada

Robbie Robertson Dartmouth Book Award (Non-fiction), Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Dartmouth
The Mill: Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest
By Joan Baxter
Publisher: Pottersfield Press

The Sea Was in Their Blood: The Disappearance of the Miss Ally’s Five-Man Crew
By Quentin Casey
Publisher: Nimbus Publishing

The Halifax Explosion: Canada’s Worst Disaster
By Ken Cuthbertson
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada

Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing
The Mill: Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest
By Joan Baxter
Publisher: Pottersfield Press

The Endless Battle: The Fall of Hong Kong and Canadian POWs in Imperial Japan
By Andy Flanagan
Publisher: Goose Lane Editions

Nova Scotia at War, 1914-1919
By Brian Douglas Tennyson
Publisher: Nimbus Publishing

Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award
The Mill: Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest
By Joan Baxter
Publisher: Pottersfield Press

Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood
By Pauline Dakin
Publisher: Viking Canada

The Long Way Home: A Personal History of Nova Scotia
By: John DeMont
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction), presented by Boyne Clarke LLP
A Bird on Every Tree
By Carol Bruneau
Publisher: Vagrant Press

The Unlikely Redemption of John Alexander MacNeil
By Lesley Choyce
Publisher: Roseway Publishing

Peninsula Sinking
By David Huebert
Publisher: Biblioasis

J.M. Abraham Poetry Award
Everything We’ve Loved Comes Back to Find Us
By Allan Cooper
Publisher: Gaspereau Press

I’d Write the Sea Like a Parlour Game
By Alison Dyer
Publisher: Killick Press

All the Names Between
By Julia McCarthy
Publisher: Brick Books

Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration
Illustrator: Angela K. Doak (nominee)
Atlantic Animal ABC
(Written by Angela K. Doak)
Publisher: Nimbus Publishing

Illustrator: Sydney Smith (nominee)
Smoot: A Rebellious Shadow
(Written by Michelle Cuevas)
Publisher: Tundra Books

Illustrator: Sydney Smith (nominee)
Town is By the Sea
(Written by Joanne Schwartz)
Publisher: Groundwood Books

Margaret and John Savage First Book Award – Non-Fiction sponsored by Weed Man Maritimes, Heritage House Law Office, I Love Renovations and Transdynamic Services Ltd.
Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood
By Pauline Dakin
Publisher: Viking Canada

Just Jen: Thriving Through Multiple Sclerosis
By Jen Powley
Publisher: Roseway Publishing

Chasing Smoke: A Wildfire Memoir
By Aaron Williams
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

Margaret and John Savage First Book Award – Fiction Sponsored by Collins Barrow LLP, Royden Trainor and the family of John and Margaret Savage
The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes
By Bridget Canning
Publisher: Breakwater Books Ltd.

All is Beauty Now
By Sarah Faber
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Crying for the Moon
By Mary Walsh
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada

Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award
A Bird on Every Tree
By Carol Bruneau
Publisher: Vagrant Press

All is Beauty Now
By Sarah Faber
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Blood Fable
By Oisin Curran
Publisher: Book*hug

La Atlantic Book Awards Society a le plaisir de vous présenter la liste des œuvres présélectionnées pour les douze récompenses littéraires des Prix littéraires de l’Atlantique 2018. Les titres choisis représentent une variété de livres du Canada atlantique – des livres d’Histoire aux livres pour enfants.

La cérémonie de remise des prix aura lieu à la salle Paul O’Regan à la Bibliothèque centrale d'Halifax le jeudi 10 mai à 19 h 00. Cette année, le Prix du pionnier sera remis à une personnalité de la Nouvelle-Écosse qui a grandement contribué à la vie littéraire de la région.

LES ŒUVRES PRÉSÉLECTIONNÉES POUR LES PRIX LITTÉRAIRES DE L’ATLANTIQUE 2018

Prix Alistair MacLeod pour recueil de nouvelles
Scars and other Stories
de Don Aker
Éditions : Pottersfield Press

Barrelling Forward
de Eva Crocker
Éditions : House of Anansi Press

Peninsula Sinking
de David Huebert
Éditions : Biblioasis

Prix Ann Connor Brimer pour la littérature pour enfants
The Painting
de Charis Cotter
Éditions : Tundra Press

Polly MacCauley’s Finest Divinest, Wooliest Gift of All
de Sheree Fitch
Éditions : Running the Goat Books and Broadsides

The Memory Chair
de Susan White
Éditions : Acorn Press

Prix littéraire de l’Atlantique pour publication scientifique, parrainé par Marquis Book Printing
The Mill: Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest
de Joan Baxter
Éditions : Pottersfield Press

The Homing Place: Indigenous and Settler Literary Legacies of the Atlantic
de Rachel Bryant
Éditions : Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Steal Away Home: One Woman’s Epic Flight to Freedom
de Karolyn Smardz Frost
Éditions : HarperCollins Canada

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

The Mill: Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest
de Joan Baxter
Éditions : Pottersfield Press

The Sea Was in Their Blood: The Disappearance of the Miss Ally’s Five-Man Crew
de Quentin Casey
Éditions : Nimbus Publishing

The Halifax Explosion: Canada’s Worst Disaster
de Ken Cuthbertson
Éditions : HarperCollins Canada

Prix littéraire de l’Atlantique Democracy 250 pour publication historique
The Mill: Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest
de Joan Baxter
Éditions : Pottersfield Press

The Endless Battle: The Fall of Hong Kong and Canadian POWs in Imperial Japan
de Andy Flanagan
Éditions : Goose Lane Editions

Nova Scotia at War, 1914-1919
de Brian Douglas Tennyson
Éditions : Nimbus Publishing

Prix Evelyn Richardson pour une œuvre non romanesque
The Mill: Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest
de Joan Baxter
Éditions : Pottersfield Press

Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood
de Pauline Dakin
Éditions : Viking Canada

The Long Way Home
De John DeMont
Éditions : McClelland & Stewart

Prix littéraire de Dartmouth Jim Connors pour œuvre de fiction, présenté par Boyne Clarke, s.r.l
A Bird on Every Tree
de Carol Bruneau
Éditions : Vagrant Press

The Unlikely Redemption of John Alexander MacNeil
de Lesley Choyce
Éditions : Roseway Publishing

Peninsula Sinking
de David Huebert
Éditions : Biblioasis

Prix de poésie J. M. Abraham
Everything We’ve Loved Comes Back to Find Us
de Allan Cooper
Éditions : Gaspereau Press

I’d Write the Sea Like a Parlour Game
de Alison Dyer
Éditions : Killick Press

All the Names Between
de Julia McCarthy
Éditions : Brick Books

Prix Lillian Shepherd pour l’excellence des illustrations
Illustrations d’Angela K. Doak (nomination)
Atlantic Animal ABC
(écrit par Angela K. Doak)
Éditions : Nimbus Publishing

Illustrations de Sydney Smith (nomination)
Smoot: A Rebellious Shadow
(écrit par Michelle Cuevas)
Éditions : Tundra Books

Illustrations de Sydney Smith (nomination)
Town is By the Sea
(écrit par Joanne Schwartz)
Éditions : Groundwood Books

Prix Première œuvre littéraire Margaret et John Savage – œuvre non -romanesque, présenté par Weed Man Maritimes, Heritage House Law Office, I Love Renovations et Transdynamic Services Ltd.
Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood
de Pauline Dakin
Éditions : Viking Canada

Just Jen: Thriving Through Multiple Sclerosis
de Jen Powley
Éditions : Roseway Publishing

Chasing Smoke: A Wildfire Memoir
de Aaron Williams
Éditions : Harbour Publishing

Prix Premièe œuvre littéraire Margaret et John Savage – présenté par Collins Barrow LLP, Royden Trainor et la famille de John et Margaret Savage
The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes
De Bridget Canning
Éditions : Breakwater Books Ltd.

All is Beauty Now
de Sarah Faber
Éditions : McClelland & Stewart

Crying for the Moon
de Mary Walsh
Éditions : HarperCollins Canada

Prix Thomas Raddall pour une œuvre de fiction d’un auteur de l’Atlantique
A Bird on Every Tree
de Carol Bruneau
Éditions : Vagrant Press

All is Beauty Now
de Sarah Faber
Éditions : McClelland & Stewart

Blood Fable
de Oisin Curran
Éditions : Book*hug

22 Mar

Shortlist Announcement Press Conference — March 26, 2018

Atlantic Book Awards

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

Atlantic Book Awards

Press Conference & 2018 Shortlist Announcement

 March 15, 2018

 When:                Monday, March 26, 2018 1:00 p.m.

Where:               Halifax City Hall

What:                 Announcement of 2018 Atlantic Book Award nominees

RSVP:                Peggy Walt (902) 476-1096

(Halifax, NS) Join award-winning authors Donna Morrissey and Alexander MacLeod, along with Mayor Mike Savage at Halifax City Hall on Monday, March 26 at 1:00 p.m. for a press conference revealing the nominees for this year’s Atlantic Book Awards. Donna Morrissey is a three-time winner of the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Atlantic Book Awards, which have taken place in all four Atlantic Provinces.

New this year, the Board of the Atlantic Book Awards is pleased to announce that the three awards provided by the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia will be given at this year’s Atlantic Book Awards Gala. Those awards comprise the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award (valued ad at $25,000), the J.M. Abraham Poetry Award (valued at $2,000) and the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award (valued at $2,000).

 The 2018 Atlantic Book Awards & Festival takes place May 2 -10 with shortlisted authors and illustrators featured in events throughout the Atlantic Provinces. The festival culminates on May 10 in the awards gala at Paul O’Regan Hall at Halifax Central Library. The recipients of thirteen different book awards (and The Pioneer Award) will be revealed at this special celebration.

Many of the short-listed authors will be available for interviews following the announcement, either in person at Halifax City Hall or by phone. Confirmed authors who will be in attendance at the press conference are Aaron Williams, Carol Bruneau, Don Aker, Quentin Casey, Lesley Choyce (TBC), Joan Baxter, Brian Tennyson, Karolyn Smardz Frost and Angela Doak.

For more information on the Festival and Gala, contact Laura Carter, Festival Coordinator, 2018 Atlantic Book Awards Festival: (902) 209-0279 or abafcoordinator@gmail.com.

If you are planning to attend the press conference or are looking for book covers, author photos, to set up interviews, or a copy of the shortlist, contact/RSVP to: Peggy Walt, Cultural Affairs Consulting & Promotion, (902) 422-5403, peggy@culturalaffairs.ca, (902) 476-1096 (mobile).