06 May

Check out the 2019 Atlantic Book Awards Festival Lineup!

New Brunswick

Sunday, June 2 at 1:00 pm
Café C’est la Vie, 785 Main St, Moncton
Take a walking tour of downtown Moncton with journalist Lezlie Lowe exploring how the city measures up in terms of access to public washrooms in support of her nominated book No Place to Go: How Public Toilets Fail our Private Needs. Tour will start at C’est la Vie and conclude with a Q&A at the café. Books will be for sale by Tidewater Books.

Newfoundland

Wednesday, June 5 at 7:00 pm
Johnson GEO CENTRE, 175 Signal Hill Rd, St. John’s
To celebrate the arrival of warm weather, new books, and the Atlantic Book Awards, Breakwater Books presents an evening of great literature, featuring readings by Breakwater authors Terry Doyle, Susie Taylor, and Kevin Major, and Atlantic Book Award shortlisted authors Sharon Bala, Elisabeth de Mariaffi, and Mark Critch. Shortlisted authors Christine LeGrow and Shirley Anne Scott, of Saltwater Mittens fame, will also be on hand with a display of Newfoundland knitwear and knowledge.

Nova Scotia

Thursday, May 30 at 5:00 pm
New Scotland Brewing, 91 Alderney Dr, Dartmouth
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Dartmouth Book Awards and hear from 2019 nominees RC Shaw (Louisbourg or Bust:  A Surfer’s Wild Ride Down Nova Scotia’s Drowned Coast) and Marilyn Davidson Elliott (The Blind Mechanic:  The Amazing Story of Eric Davidson, Survivor of the 1917 Halifax Explosion). Kris Bertin, nominated for the 2017 Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction, will read from his new book, Use Your Imagination!

Thursday, May 30 at 7:00 pm
Lane’s Privateer Inn, 27 Bristol Ave, Liverpool
Join us for readings by the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award nominees for 2019: Sharon Bala (The Boat People), Elisabeth de Mariaffi (Hysteria) and Lisa Moore (Something for Everyone).  

Friday, May 31 at 10:00 am
Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax
The 20th annual Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award ceremony. The Hackmatack program encourages children in grades 4 to 6 in Atlantic Canada to read from pre-selected lists of Canadian books then cast their votes to determine the award winners. The event is free, but seating for the general public will be limited.

Saturday, June 1 at 1:00 pm
Open Book Coffee, 3660 Strawberry Hill St, Halifax
Discover Halifax’s newest bookstore and coffee shop along with this year’s nominees for the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction. Carol Bruneau will be reading from A Circle on the Surface, Lesley Crewe from Beholden and Nicola Davison from In the Wake.

Saturday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m.
Drs. Coady & Tompkins Memorial Library, 7972 Cabot Trail, Margaree Forks
Please join us for a special presentation by the authors shortlisted for this year’s Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction.  Featuring readings by Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour winner Bill Conall from Some Days Run Long, Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Johanna Skibsrud from Tiger, Tiger and CBC’s Canada Reads winner Lisa Moore from Something for Everyone. This free event is co-presented with the Cabot Trail Writers’ Festival. All are welcome.

Sunday, June 2 at 2:00 pm 
Musquodoboit Valley Bicentennial Theatre, 12390 Hwy. 224, Middle Musquodoboit
Please join us for a special afternoon with Nova Scotia author Lesley Crewe.  She will be reading from her new novel Beholden, which is nominated for the 2019 Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award. Presented in partnership with Halifax Public Libraries.

Monday, June 3, at 4:30 pm
President’s Lodge, University of King’s College, Halifax
University of King’s College President William Lahey and the King’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction program will host a celebration of the 2019 nonfiction finalists. Copies of the finalists’ books will be available for sale and signing. To enquire about joining us for this event contact festival coordinator Laura Carter at abafcoordinator@gmail.com.

Tuesday, June 4 at 6:30 pm
Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax
Join nominated authors as they explore the challenge of turning a difficult subject into a compelling read. Kayla Hounsell chronicles one of our city’s most shocking homicides in First Degree: From Medical School to Murder, Lorri Neilsen Glenn brings to life the role of her grandmothers and other Indigenous women in 19th Century in Following the River: Traces of Red River Women and Kate Inglis will share her experience as a grieving mother and how it allowed her to create an invaluable resource for others navigating tremendous loss with Notes for the Everlost: A Field Guide to Grief. Hosted by Kim Pittaway, Executive Director of the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program at the University of King’s College.
Books will be for sale by King’s Co-op Bookstore.

Tuesday, June 4 at 6:30 pm
Kentville Library, 440 Main Street, Kentville
An evening of poetry readings featuring the winner of the 2018 J.M. Abraham Poetry Award, Julia McCarthy (All the Names Between) and 2019 nominees Basma Kavanagh (Ruba’iyat for the Time of Apricots), Annick MacAskill (No Meeting Without Body) and Alison Smith (This Kind of Thinking Does No Good).

02 May

Announcing the 2019 Atlantic Book Awards Shortlist

The Atlantic Book Awards Society is pleased to announce the shortlist for the thirteen different book prizes that make up the 2019 Atlantic Book Awards. The nominated titles represent a wide range of books from Atlantic Canada—everything from the story of a well-known blind mechanic to the biography of 22 Minutes comedian Mark Critch. The full shortlist is printed below and is available at www.atlanticbookawards.ca.  

For the second time in seven years, the Atlantic Book Awards gala is travelling to Newfoundland.  The event will take place in St. John’s on Thursday, June 6, including the presentation of the 2019 Pioneer Award, which will go to someone from Newfoundland and Labrador who has made a substantial contribution to the literary life of the region.

There are six double award nominees on this year’s shortlist, including writer Nicola Davison for her debut novel In the Wake (Vagrant Press – a Nimbus imprint); journalist Lezlie Lowe for No Place to Go: How Public Toilets Fail Our Private Needs (Coach House Books); Marilyn Davidson Elliott for The Blind Mechanic:  The Amazing Story of Eric Davidson, Survivor of the 1917 Halifax Explosion (Nimbus Publishing); Sharon Bala for The Boat People (McClelland & Stewart); author Lisa Moore for Something for Everyone (House of Anansi Press) and Susan Sinnott for Catching the Light (Vagrant Press – a Nimbus imprint).

Three awards provided by the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia will be given out at this year’s Atlantic Book Awards Gala, including one of Canada’s biggest book prizes, the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award (valued at $25,000).  All three nominees for the Raddall are writers from Newfoundland this year.

Twenty-three of the thirty-nine nominations are for books published by Atlantic publishers. Nova Scotia’s Nimbus Publishing/Vagrant Press leads with twelve shortlisted titles, while Pottersfield Publishing (also from NS) has four. Other regional publishers include Fernwood Publishing/Roseway (NS), Boularderie Island Press and Breton Books (Cape Breton), Boulder Books (NL) and Gaspereau Press (NS).

The Atlantic Book Awards Society announced the nominees at a press conference on Thursday, May 2 at 11:00 a.m. at Halifax City Hall with several of the nominated authors present. Councilor Waye Mason was also on hand for the announcement. Other special guests included The Honourable Gary Burrill, M.L.A. for Halifax Chebucto, Jacqueline Ruck, author Lindsay Ruck and their father, Douglas Ruck. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Dartmouth Book Awards, with a special celebration planned to mark the occasion on May 30 at New Scotland Brewing.

The 2019 Atlantic Book Awards and Festivalruns May 30 to June 6 this year,with free literary events in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. Full festival event details at and a link to purchase tickets to the Gala Award Show are at www.atlanticbookawards.ca.  There are school readings and events in libraries, pubs and coffee shops, as well as a non-traditional tour of public washrooms in downtown Moncton with author Lezlie Lowe, nominated for No Place to Go:  How Public Toilets Fail our Private Needs. In Cape Breton, Newfoundland author Lisa Moore will read alongside Johanna Skibsrud and Bill Conall, while in St. John’s, Breakwater Books will present a spring book launch featuring five short-listed writers including comedian and author Mark Critch at the Johnson GEO Centre.

The Board of the non-profit Atlantic Book Awards Society is made up of representatives of the Atlantic Canadian book and writing community. The 2019 Atlantic Book Awards and Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Book Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage, The Canada Council for the Arts, Halifax Public Libraries, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Halifax Regional Municipality and the sponsorship of Alliance Française Halifax, University of King’s College and Chapters/Indigo/Coles.

2019 ATLANTIC BOOK AWARDS and FESTIVAL SHORTLIST

1.  Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction

Some Days Run Long by Bill Conall (Boularderie Island Press)

Something for Everyone by Lisa Moore (House of Anansi Press)

Tiger, Tiger by Johanna Skibsrud (Hamish Hamilton)

2.  Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature

Short for Chameleon by Vicki Grant (HarperCollins Publishers)

Finding Grace by Daphne Greer (Nimbus Publishing)

Catching the Light by Susan Sinnott (Vagrant Press – a Nimbus imprint)

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

Viola Desmond:  Her Life and Times by Graham Reynolds and Wanda Robson (Roseway Publishing)

Saltwater Mittens from the Island of Newfoundland:  More than 20 heritage designs to knit by Christine LeGrow & Shirley A. Scott (Boulder Books)

Hope Blooms:  Plant a Seed, Harvest a Dream by Mamadou Wade and the youth of Hope Blooms (Nimbus Publishing)

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

The Age of Increasing Inequality:  The Astonishing Rise of Canada’s 1% by Lars Osberg (Lorimer)

The Tides of Time:  A Nova Scotia Book of Seasons by Suzanne Stewart (Pottersfield Press)

There’s Something in the Water:  Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities by Ingrid R. G. Waldron (Fernwood Publishing)

5.  Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing

A Stone for Andrew Dunphy by Ronald Caplan (Breton Books)

Where Duty Lies:  A New Brunswick Soldier in the Trenches of World War 1 by John Cunningham (Pottersfield Press)

The Blind Mechanic:  The Amazing Story of Eric Davidson, Survivor of the 1917 Halifax Explosion by Marilyn Davidson Elliott (Nimbus Publishing)

6.  Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award

Notes for the Everlost: A Field Guide to Grief  by Kate Inglis (Shambhala Publications)

No Place to Go:  How Public Toilets Fail Our Private Needs by Lezlie Lowe (Coach House Books)

Following the River:  Traces of Red River Women by Lorri Neilsen Glenn (Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd.)

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

A Circle on the Surface by Carol Bruneau (Vagrant Press – a Nimbus imprint)

Beholden by Lesley Crewe (Vagrant Press – a Nimbus imprint)

In the Wake by Nicola Davison (Vagrant Press – a Nimbus imprint)

8.  J.M. Abraham Poetry Award

Ruba’iyat for the Time of Apricots by Basma Kavanagh (Frontenac House)

No Meeting Without Body by Annick MacAskill (Gaspereau Press)

This Kind of Thinking Does No Good by Alison Smith (Gaspereau Press)

9.  Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration

Illustrator:  Eva Campbell (nominee) for Africville

Written by Shauntay Grant (Groundwood Books)

Illustrator: Lil Crump (nominee) for Anna at the Art Museum

Written by Hazel Hutchins and Gail Herbert (Annick Press)

Illustrator:  Alan Syliboy (nominee) for Mi’kmaw Animals/Mi’kmaw Waisisk

Written by Alan Syliboy (Nimbus Publishing)

10.  Margaret and John Savage First Book Award – Non-Fiction sponsored by Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission, Sensor Technology Ltd., Heritage House Law Office, I Love Renovations and Simply Sage Solutions

Son of a Critch:  A Childish Newfoundland Memoir by Mark Critch (Viking Canada)

No Place To Go:  How Public Toilets Fail Our Private Needs by Lezlie Lowe (Coach House Books)

Louisbourg or Bust:  A Surfer’s Wild Ride Down Nova Scotia’s Drowned Coast by RC Shaw (Pottersfield Press)

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

The Boat People by Sharon Bala (McClelland & Stewart)

In The Wake by Nicola Davison (Vagrant Press – a Nimbus imprint)

Catching the Light by Susan Sinnott (Vagrant Press – a Nimbus imprint)

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

The Blind Mechanic:  The Amazing Story of Eric Davidson, Survivor of the 1917 Halifax Explosion by Marilyn Davidson Elliott (Nimbus Publishing)

First Degree:  From Medical School to Murder by Kayla Hounsell (Nimbus Publishing)

Threads in the Acadian Fabric:  Nine Generations of an Acadian Family by Simone Poirier-Bures (Pottersfield Press)

13.  Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award

The Boat People by Sharon Bala(McClelland & Stewart)

Hysteria by Elisabeth de Mariaffi (HarperCollins Publishers)

Something for Everyone by Lisa Moore (House of Anansi Press)

29 Apr

Atlantic Book Awards Pioneer Award 2019 – Call for Nominations

The Atlantic Book Awards Society is looking for nominations for the 2019 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 2019 Book Awards Gala is being held in St. John’s on June 6, 2019 the 2019 Pioneer Award recipient will be someone from Newfoundland and Labrador, as that is the host province for the Gala this year.

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. Please send submissions to donna@breakwaterbooks.com. by May 13, 2019.

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

The Pioneer Award guidelines:

What is the nature of this award and guidelines?

The Atlantic Book Awards Pioneer Award is a lifetime achievement award in recognition of an individual’s exceptional contribution to the literary arts in Atlantic Canada. The Awards will honour people who have gone above and beyond the call of duty, and who have, through extraordinary innovation, risk-taking, self-sacrifice, and/or creativity, provided opportunity or inspiration (or both) for those sharing Atlantic Canadian stories through writing and publishing.

People from all occupations, trades, and walks of life may be nominated: the most important consideration is that the person has made an extraordinary contribution to the advancement and encouragement of Atlantic books and writers. Particular consideration will be given to those who could be termed early path-breakers or trailblazers, whose pioneering work warrants being placed on the public record through the granting of this Award; with this in mind, posthumous nominations will be accepted.

The aim is to offer the Award annually (when merited) to a recipient from the province where the Book Awards are being hosted.

16 Apr

ATLANTIC BOOK AWARDS SHORTLIST PRESS CONFERENCE

The Atlantic Book Awards will release the 2019 shortlist of nominated books at a press conference at Halifax City Hall on Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with Councilor Waye Mason and Lindsay Ruck plus some of the nominated authors in attendance.  
 
The prestigious $25,000 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award nominees will be revealed as part of this announcement.  
 
This year’s Gala Awards ceremony where winners will be announced will be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland on June 6
 
Atlantic Book Festival events will take place throughout Atlantic Canada from May 30 to June 6.
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RSVP:  Peggy Walt, Cultural Affairs Consulting & Promotion (902) 422-5403 (office) or (902) 476-1096 (cell) peggy@culturalaffairs.ca
10 May

Congratulations to the 2018 Atlantic Book Awards Winners!

The thirteen winners of the 2018 Atlantic BookAwards were announced Thursday night in a gala ceremony held in Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library. Hosted by Acadian singer/songwriter Ronald Bourgeois in a bilingual ceremony, the Awards concluded this year’s Festival, which ran from May 2-10 with events in all four Atlantic Provinces.

Also the second year for a publishing industry initiative East Bound: Talking Atlantic Books, organized with the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association, the Gala’s attendance was augmented by librarians, festival programmers and book media from across Canada.

Click here for the full release (English & French), listing all the Award winners.

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), Charis Cotter (The Painting), 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, Margaree 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
Middleton United Church, 12430 NS-224, Middle Musquodoboit
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).