2021 Atlantic Book Awards Festival

Celebrate with this year’s nominees in the comfort of your home during our virtual Atlantic Book Awards festival May 6–13.

Thursday, May 6, 7:00 pm ADT

Family Dynamics in Fiction

Stories that explore familial relationships have always resonated with readers. Join journalist and author Pauline Dakin (Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood) for a discussion on how some of this year’s nominated fiction titles captured beautiful and challenging family dynamics.


Presented in partnership with Halifax Public Libraries.

Monday, May 10, 7:00 pm ADT

Storytellers of Cape Breton

Cape Breton is home to a vibrant community of writers that have provided readers with an abundance of treasured novels. Learn how the island plays a role in the works of these three nominees:

Moderated by author and Artistic Director of the Cabot Trail Writers Festival, Rebecca Silver Slayter.

Presented in partnership with the Cabot Trail Writers Festival and the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia.

Wednesday, May 12, 7:00 pm ADT

Understanding Our Past: Exploring Nova Scotia’s history

Writers have historically played an essential role in helping us understand our past, allowing us to see who we are and how we got here. Author Lindsay Ruck (Amazing Black Atlantic Canadians: Inspiring stories of courage and achievement) will lead a discussion of this tradition through the lens of marginalized communities. Featuring:

Presented in partnership with the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia.

Tuesday, May 18, 7:00 pm ADT

Poetry & Prose: A discussion of craft

Join us for a discussion on craft and how, or if, the approach changes when writing in different literary genres. Hosted by author Amanda Peters and featuring:

Presented in partnership with the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia.

Thank you to our friends at the Halifax Public Libraries for featuring online readings by ten of our shortlisted authors: https://www.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca/blogs/post/atlantic-book-awards-2021-meet-the-nominees/