04 Apr

Twenty-Seven Books Nominated for 2014 Atlantic Book Awards

The Atlantic Book Awards Society is pleased to announce the full shortlist for the ten different book prizes comprising the 2014 Atlantic Book Awards. The twenty-seven books up for awards represent the wide range of literary works being produced in Atlantic Canada—from cutting edge fiction to deeply researched books on Atlantic Canadian history, illustrated children’s picture books to novels written for teens and young adults.

Among the more familiar names on the shortlist are CBC media personality Stephanie Domet for her second novel, Fallsy Downsies (Invisible Publishing); mystery novelist, Anne Emery for Blood on a Saint (ECW Press); and illustrator Susan Tooke for Lasso the Wind: Aurélia’s Verses and Other Poems (Nimbus Publishing). Ruth Holmes Whitehead’s is short-listed for three awards for her work, Black Loyalists: Southern Settlers of Nova Scotia’s First Free Black Community and Acorn Press’s Ni’n na L’Nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island received two nominations.

The region’s book publishers are well represented on the shortlist with 20 of the 30 awards going to books by Atlantic publishers. Halifax’s Nimbus Publishing leads, having published six of the shortlisted titles, while Prince Edward Island’s Acorn Press has five nominations, and Formac Publishing, Goose Lane Editions and Roseway Publishing with two nominated titles each.

The Atlantic Book Awards Society announced the nominees last evening at a fundraising event that featured author Stephen Kimber hosting a conversation with fellow writers Anne Emery, Jon Tattrie and Stephen Laffoley.

The 2014 Atlantic Book Awards and Festival runs May 14-21 with free literary events. Winners of the 2014 Atlantic Book Awards will be announced at a special awards show on the last night of the week-long festival, Wednesday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Delta Prince Edward/PEI Convention Centre in Charlottetown, PEI as part of the planned PEI 2014 celebrations.

The Board of the non-profit Atlantic Book Awards Society is made up of representatives of the Atlantic Canadian book and writing community. The 2014 Atlantic Book Awards and Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canada Book Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage, and the sponsorship of the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association/Atlantic Books Today, University of Prince Edward Island, City of Charlottetown and the Province of Prince Edward Island.

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04 Apr

2014 Atlantic Book Awards Shortlist

Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature

Nix Minus One
By Jill MacLean
Publisher: Pajama Press

The Power of Harmony
By Jan L. Coates
Publisher: Red Deer Press

The Stowaways
By Meghan Marentette
Publisher: Pajama Press

APMA 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

Formac Publishing for
Bluenose Adventure
By Jacqueline Halsey, illus. by Eric Orchard

Goose Lane Editions for
Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery
By Terry Graff, Editor

Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing Sponsored by Marquis Imprimeur

Black Loyalists:  Southern Settlers of Nova Scotia’s First Free Black Community
By Ruth Holmes Whitehead
Publisher: Nimbus Publishing

Diaries of the Acadian Deportations, No. 1: Jeremiah Bancroft at Fort Beauséjour and Grand-Pré
By Jonathan Fowler and Earle Lockerby
Publisher: Gaspereau Press

Loyalist Rebellion in New Brunswick:  A defining conflict for Canada’s political culture
By David Bell
Publisher: Formac Publishing

Dartmouth Book Award for Non-fiction in Memory of Robbie Robertson, Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Dartmouth

Black Loyalists:  Southern Settlers of Nova Scotia’s First Free Black Community
By Ruth Holmes Whitehead
Publisher: Nimbus Publishing

Merry Hell:  The Story of the 25th Battalion (Nova Scotia Regiment)
By Captain Robert N. Clements MC, edited by Brian Douglas Tennyson
Publisher: University of Toronto Press

Scapegoat:  the extraordinary legal proceedings following the 1917 Halifax Explosion
By Joel Zemel
Publisher: SVP Productions

Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing

Black Loyalists:  Southern Settlers of Nova Scotia’s First Free Black Communities
By Ruth Holmes Whitehead
Publisher: Nimbus Publishing

The August Gales:  The Tragic Loss of Fishing Schooners in the North Atlantic, 1926 and 1927
By Gerald Hallowell
Publisher: Nimbus Publishing

The Ballad of Jacob Peck
By Debra Komar
Publisher:  Goose Lane Editions

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

Blood on a Saint
By Anne Emery
Publisher: ECW Press

Fallsy Downsies
By Stephanie Domet
Publisher: Invisible Publishing

Waldenstein
By Rosalie Osmond
Publisher: Seraphim Editions

Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration

Illustrator: Susan Tooke
Lasso the Wind:  Aurélia’s Verses and Other Poems (By George Elliott Clarke)
Publisher: Nimbus Publishing

Illustrator: Leonard Paul
Pisim Finds her Miskanow (By William Dumas)
Publisher: Portage & Main Press

Illustrator: Deanne Fitzpatrick
Singily Skipping Along (By Sheree Fitch)
Publisher: Nimbus Publishing

Margaret and John Savage First Book Award, sponsored by Collins Barrow, Weed Man, the Savage Family and Heritage House Law Office

Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World
By Janet E. Cameron
Publisher: Hachette Books Ireland

Tailings of Warren Peace
By Stephen Law
Publisher: Roseway Publishing

Turn Us Again
By Charlotte R. Mendel
Publisher: Roseway Publishing

Prince Edward Island Book Award (Fiction)

Dirty Bird
By Keir Lowther
Publisher: Tightrope Books

Ghost Boy of MacKenzie House
By Patti Larsen
Publisher:  Acorn Press

RipTides:  New Island Fiction
Edited by Richard Lemm
Publisher:  Acorn Press

Prince Edward Island Book Award (Non-Fiction)

Lionel F. Stevenson:  Fifty Years of Photographs/Cinquante ans de photographie (1962-2012)
By Pan Wendt
Publisher: Acorn Press

The Master’s Wife:  The Book and the Place
Edited by John Flood
Publisher:  Penumbra Press

Ni’n na L’Nu:  The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island
By Jesse Francis and A.J.B. Johnston
Publisher:  Acorn Press