07 Oct

Autumn-time = Awards Submission-time!

It’s that time of year again — time to give those great books (and writers and illustrators) the great boost they deserve by nominating them for an Atlantic Book Award! New calls for submissions have been posted for the following Awards: the Alistair MacLeod Award for Short Fiction; the Dartmouth Book Awards (Fiction & Non-Fiction); the Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing; the Democracy 250 (D250) Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing, and; the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award. Further nomination calls coming soon!

07 Jun

A Few Pictures from our Gala Evening!

Congratulations to all the short-listed nominees and thank you to everyone who helped make the 2019 ABAs Gala happen (and kept it rolling, even when the power went out!) Below are a few photos from the evening, courtesy of our event photographer, Alex Tsui.

Our Wonderful Winners!
Standing, l to r: John Cunningham, Mark Critch, Carol Bruneau, Ingrid R.G. Waldron, Alison Smith, Christine LeGrow, Susan Sinnott, Shirley A. Scott, Tom Dawe.
Seated, l to r: Marilyn Davidson Elliott, Nicola Davison, Lisa Moore, Kate Inglis
Missing: Eva Campbell.
Our Fabulous EmCee, Angela Antle.
As Mark Critch steps to the stage to receive his Margaret and John Savage First Book Award (Non-Fiction) … the lights come back on! Coincidence?
It’s a great literary evening when the book sales’ table and the bar are equally busy!
“Like Selling Haddock from a Wheelbarrow …”
Pioneer Award Winner Tom Dawe delights the crowd with tales and verse inspired by his many decades as part of Newfoundland and Labrador’s literary community.
06 Jun

Power Outage at 2019 Awards Doesn’t Dampen Excitement!

June 6, 2019

EMBARGOED – PLEASE DO NOT RELEASE UNTIL 9:30 P.M., THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2019  

(Halifax, NS)  2019 Atlantic Book Awards Winners Announced

The lights went off and the lights went on, and the thirteen winners of the 2019 Atlantic BookAwards were announced Thursday night in a gala ceremony held in St, John’s, NL at the Sheraton Hotel. Hosted by CBC’s Angela Antle in a bilingual ceremony, the Awards concluded this year’s festival, which ran from May 30 to June 6 with events in Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. 

Newfoundland author Lisa Moore was a double award winner for her short story collection, Something for Everyone (House of Anansi Press), taking home both the Alistair Macleod Prize for Short Fiction and one of Canada’s largest literary prizes, the $25,000 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award.

Newfoundland was also represented in the Best Atlantic-Published Book Award category, with Boulder Books receiving the award for Saltwater Mittens from the Island of Newfoundland by Christine LeGrow and Shirley A. Scott.

The sixth Atlantic Book Awards Pioneer Award was given to Newfoundland’s Tom Dawe. The Pioneer Award is given as a lifetime achievement award recognizing an individual’s exceptional contribution to the literary arts in Atlantic Canada. In the 1970s, during what has been called the “Newfoundland Renaissance,” Dawe was one of the founders of Breakwater Books, Newfoundland’s first publisher. He was also one of the founding editors of the literary journal, TickleAce. Both of these endeavors were essential to the literary community of Newfoundland and Labrador, which was often overlooked by mainland publishers and literary periodicals at the time.  

Tom was born in Long Pond/Manuels, Conception Bay, Newfoundland. He has worked as a high-school teacher, professor of English, visual artist, editor, writer, and poet. He is the author of eighteen books, including poetry, fiction, dramatic script, folklore, and children’s literature. His Collected and New Poems, a testament to nearly fifty years of literary excellence, was published in April of 2019.  From 2010-2013, Dawe was the Poet Laureate of the City of St. John’s. In 2011, he was appointed a Member of The Order of Canada, and in the following year, he was awarded The Order of Newfoundland and Labrador. He lives in Conception Bay South.

Other books celebrated with prizes included illustrator Eva Campbell for her illustrations in author Shauntay Grant’s Africville children’s book, and the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award (non-fiction) to first time author and comedian Mark Critch for his biography, Son of a Critich:  A Childish Newfoundland Memoir. Nova Scotia’s Nimbus Publishing won four of 13 awards.  

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

Alistair Macleod Prize for Short Fiction: Something for Everyone by Lisa Moore (House of Anansi Press)

Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature: Catching the Light, by Susan Sinnott (Vagrant Press – A Nimbus imprint)

Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly WritingSponsored by Marquis Book Printing: There’s Something in the Water:  Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities by Ingrid R. G. Waldron (Fernwood Publishing)

Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association’s Best Atlantic-Published Book Award, Sponsored by Friesens Corporation: Boulder Books for Saltwater Mittens from the Island of Newfoundland:  More than 20 heritage designs to knit by Christine LeGrow and Shirley A. Scott

Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing: Where Duty Lies:  A New Brunswick Soldier in the Trenches of World War 1, by John Cunningham (Pottersfield Press)

Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award: Notes for the Everlost:  A Field Guide to Grief by Kate Inglis (Shambhala Publications)

Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction), presented by BoyneClarke LLP: A Circle on the Surface, by Carol Bruneau (Vagrant Press – a Nimbus imprint)

J.M. Abraham Poetry Award: This Kind of Thinking Does No Good by Alison Smith (Gaspereau Press)

Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration: Eva Campbell for Africville, written by Shauntay Grant (Groundwood Books)

Margaret and John Savage First Book Award (Fiction), Sponsored by Royden Trainor, Weed Man Maritimes and the family of John and Margaret Savage: In the Wake by Nicola Davison (Vagrant Press – a Nimbus imprint)

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

The 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)

Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award: Something for Everyoneby Lisa Moore (House of Anansi Press)

Special Lifetime Achievement Award: Atlantic Book Awards’ Pioneer Award– Tom Dawe

About the Awards:

Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature

The impetus for this $2,000 award came from the late Ann Connor Brimer who was a strong advocate of Canadian children’s literature and saw the need to recognize and encourage children’s writers in Atlantic Canada. It’s presented annually to an Atlantic Canadian writer deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to literature for young people.

Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction

Established in 2015, the prize was created in honor of Alistair MacLeod (1936-2014), Atlantic literary icon and master of the short story. The prize both recognizes he importance of this genre and hopefully encourage the creation of more work in this area.

APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book AwardSponsored by Friesens Corporation

The Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association’s award for Best Atlantic-Published Book recognizes publishing companies and their hardworking professionals who bring out new books each season. Each year, the Atlantic Canadian publisher of the printed book which best exemplifies publishing activity in Atlantic Canada receives the award. The Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association Best Atlantic-Published Book Awards has been generously sponsored for the eleventh year by Friesens Corporation.  The prize of $4,000 is shared between the winning publishing firm ($3,000) and the book’s author ($1,000). 

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

Presented for the first time in 2013 by the Atlantic Book Awards Society, this award recognizes literary achievement in the Social Sciences and Humanities.  The $1,000 prize is awarded each year to the author(s) of a published book determined to have had (or likely to have) a significant literary, social and academic impact leading to a deeper understanding of society.

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

The Dartmouth Book Awards were established in 1989 by then mayor of Dartmouth, Dr. John Savage. The annual awards for fiction and non-fiction, valued at $2,500 each, honour the best books by Canadian authors published the previous year in celebration of Nova Scotia and its people.  

Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing

The Atlantic Book Awards Society created the Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing and received an endowment from the Democracy 250 committee to fund the $2,000 annual prize for an outstanding work of non-fiction that promotes awareness of, and appreciation for, an aspect of the history of the Atlantic Provinces.

The Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award was first presented in 1978. It is named in honour of Evelyn Richardson, who in 1945 won the Governor General’s Non-Fiction Award for We Keep A Light, her memoir of life in a family of lighthouse keepers in Shelburne County. The Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award honors the best non fiction titles by Nova Scotian writers and is facilitated by the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia.

The J.M. Abraham Poetry Award was created by the writing community in the late 1990s. The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, with the assistance of several poets, publishers, and post-secondary institutions, raised funds for an annual award program designed to honour the best book of poetry by an Atlantic Canadian. The Award was first presented in 1998. In 2014, the award was named for the legacy of J.M. Abraham.  

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

The Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award for fiction is sponsored by Boyne Clarke Barristers and Solicitors. Dartmouth lawyer and activist Jim Connors was a volunteer juror of the fiction entries from the outset of the annual competitions until his death in 2008.  

Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration

Lillian Shepherd was a long-time buyer for the sadly defunct independent bookstore, The Book Room in Halifax. After her sudden death in 1997, this award was established by her many friends in 2002 to applaud the book that combines Lillian’s love for illustrated children’s books and her affinity for locally produced work.  The $1000 award that bears her name is sponsored by the Atlantic Independent Booksellers’ Association and the Atlantic Provinces Publishers’ Representatives. 

Margaret and John Savage First Book Award

The Margaret and John Savage First Book Award, presented for the first time in 2003 with a value of $1,500, recognizes the best first book of fiction or non-fiction published in the previous year by an Atlantic writer. There are now two awards, valued at $2,500 each, one for fiction and one for non-fiction, and supported by many contributors from Dartmouth.

The Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award was first presented in 1991. Established with an endowment by Thomas Head Raddall himself, and with ongoing support from the Raddall family, this award honours the work of fiction writers in the Atlantic region and, as the original benefactor envisioned, provides “the gift of time and peace of mind” so essential to the creation of new work. The Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award is facilitated by the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia.

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 2019 Atlantic Book Awards and Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Book Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Halifax Public Libraries, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the sponsorship of Chapters/Indigo/Coles, AllianceFrançaise Halifax and theUniversity of King’s College. 

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Media contact: Peggy Walt – peggy@culturalaffairs.ca(902) 422-5403 (office), (902) 476-1096 (cell).

Web Site: www.atlanticbookawards.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AtlanticBookAwardsSociety

Twitter:     http://twitter.com/atlbookawards

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! Books will be for sale by Bookmark Halifax.

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 Simple 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.