About

The Atlantic Book Awards Society (ABAS) is a registered non-profit organization with the mandate “to promote and acknowledge excellence in Atlantic Canadian writing and book publishing through an annual awards ceremony and related events.”

Currently based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the board of the Atlantic Book Awards Society is committed to being a truly regional organization with representation from all four Atlantic provinces. In May 2012, St. John’s, NL hosted a very successful gala, marking the first time this ceremony had been held outside the Halifax area; another successful gala “on the road” took place in Charlottetown in May, 2014, and again in Moncton in April 2016. Building on these successes, the goal is to continue rotating the awards ceremony through New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador, as well as Nova Scotia.

Current board members (2016-2017) of the Atlantic Book Awards Society are:

President: Heather MacKenzie (Halifax Public Libraries)

Vice-President: (Position currently vacant)

Treasurer and Corporate Secretary: Peggy Walt (Cultural Affairs Consulting and Promotion)

Recording Secretary: Ian Colford (Dalhousie University Libraries)

Member at Large (Nova Scotia): Peggy Landes (Dartmouth Book Awards)

Member at Large (Nova Scotia): Linda Hodgins (Ann Connor Brimer Children’s Literature

Award)

Member at Large (New Brunswick): Nancy Cohen (Moncton Public Library -retired)

Member at Large (PEI): Simon Lloyd (Robertson Library, UPEI)

Member at Large (NS): Nancy Malek (Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association)

Member at Large (NL): Pam Dooley (Creative Book Publishing)

Member at Large (NB): Marie Cadieux (Bouton d’or Acadie Publishers)

2016 Festival Coordinator: Laura Carter