About us

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. This year’s Gala will take place in Halifax June 5, 2024 and the Society is committed to rotating future awards ceremonies through New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador, as well as Nova Scotia. Past events in St. John’s, NL , Charlottetown, PE and Moncton, NB were successful, highlighting the benefit of alternating locations for these ceremonies.

Current Board Members

President: Marilyn Smulders

Vice-President: Brian Rendell 

Treasurer :  Christie Mulcahy

Recording Secretary:  Naomi McKinnon 

Member at Large (NS):  Joan McMullin

(representing Dartmouth Book Awards

Member at Large (NS): Oriana Duinker

(representing Writers Federation of Nova Scotia

Member at Large (NS):  Cloe Logan

Member at Large (NS): Aren A. Morris

Member at Large (New Brunswick): Noel Bourque 

Member at Large (PEI): Simon Lloyd 

Member at Large (NL):  Julia Mayo


2024 Festival Marketing and Communications Coordinator: Lee-Anne Poole