22 Apr

Atlantic Book Awards and Festival 2021: A Virtual Experience

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

Event link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85943093353

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.

Featuring:

Presented in partnership with Halifax Public Libraries.

Monday, May 10, 7:00 pm ADT

Storytellers of Cape Breton

Register for this free event here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ilo2yfJEQW268cmXbDnnAQ

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

Register for this free event here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_–kBcFAUQNKhdmchfaQ3gA

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

Register for this free event here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3aw5zlcFQSGM5QIztGskqQ

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.

20 Apr

Thanks to our Jurors!

The just-announced shortlist of nominees (now available in lovely poster format) comes thanks to 14 different three-person juries, one for each award. Thank you so much to each of these individuals, for volunteering their time and expertise to evaluate the books submitted to each award and to work together to come up with the shortlists. Read More

16 Apr

Announcing the 2021 Atlantic Book Awards Shortlist

Representing the best in Atlantic writing, illustration and publishing, the Atlantic Book Awards Society is pleased to announce the shortlists for the fourteen different book prizes that make up the 2021 Atlantic Book Awards. The nominated titles represent a wide range of books from Atlantic Canada—everything from hard-hitting non-fiction to illustrated children’s books to adult fiction, and a new poetry award created in 2020 by the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia in honour of the late celebrated African-Nova Scotian poet and teacher, Maxine Tynes.

Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction
Boy with a Problem by Chris Benjamin (Pottersfield Press)
Winter Road by Wayne Curtis (Pottersfield Press)
The Appendage Formerly Known as Your Left Arm by Julie Curwin (Boularderie Island Press)

Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature
Annaka by Andre Fenton (Nimbus Publishing)
Keep This to Yourself by Tom Ryan (Albert Whitman & Company)
The Grey Sisters by Jo Treggiari (Penguin Teen)

Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing, Sponsored by Marquis Book Printing
At the Ocean’s Edge: A History of Nova Scotia to Confederation by Margaret Conrad (University of Toronto Press)
The Miramichi Fire: A History by Alan MacEachern (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
A Long Journey: Residential Schools in Labrador and Newfoundland by Andrea Procter (ISER Books)

Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association Best Atlantic-Published Book Award, Sponsored by Friesens Corporation
The Forager’s Dinner: Finding, harvesting, and preparing Newfoundland and Labrador’s edible plants by Shawn Dawson (Boulder Books)
Dirty Birds by Morgan Murray (Breakwater Books Ltd.)
Black Matters by Afua Cooper, with photographs by Wilfried Raussert (Roseway Publishing)

Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing
Silver Hair and Golden Voice: Austin Willis, From Halifax to Hollywood by Ernest J. Dick (Nimbus Publishing)
Acadian Driftwood: One Family and the Great Expulsion by Tyler LeBlanc (Goose Lane Editions)
Cod Collapse: The Rise and Fall of Newfoundland’s Saltwater Cowboys by Jennifer Thonhill-Verma (Nimbus Publishing)

Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award
Blood in the Water: A True Story of Revenge in the Maritimes by Silver Donald Cameron (Viking Canada)
Acadian Driftwood: One Family and the Great Expulsion by Tyler LeBlanc (Goose Lane Editions)
Before the Parade: A History of Halifax’s Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Communities, 1972-1984 by Rebecca Rose (Nimbus Publishing)

Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction), presented by Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission and Cluett Insurance
Good Mothers Don’t by Laura Best (Nimbus Publishing)
The Spoon Stealer by Lesley Crewe (Nimbus Publishing)
The Silence of the Vessel: A Novel by Brenda MacLennan-Dunphy (Pottersfield Press)

J. M. Abraham Poetry Award
Black Matters by Afua Cooper, with photographs by Wilfried Raussert (Roseway Publishing)
Humanimus by David Huebert (Palimpsest Press)
Waking Ground by shalan joudry (Gaspereau Press)

Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration
Byron Eggenschwiler, illustrator for The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt,
written by Riel Nason (Tundra Books)
Sydney Smith, illustrator for I Talk Like a River, written by Jordan Scott (Neal Porter Books)
Lauren Soloy, illustrator, for When Emily Was Small, written by Lauren Soloy (Tundra Books)

Margaret and John Savage First Book Award – Fiction, sponsored by the family of John and Margaret Savage and Royden Trainor
The Appendage Formerly Known as Your Left Arm by Julie Curwin (Boularderie Island Press)
Dirty Birds by Morgan Murray (Breakwater Books Ltd.)
Aftershock: A Novel by Alison Taylor (HarperCollins)

Margaret and John Savage First Book Award – Non-Fiction, sponsored by Weed Man Maritimes, Heritage House Law Office and I Love Renovations
Acadian Driftwood: One Family and the Great Expulsion by Tyler LeBlanc (Goose Lane Editions)
The Dome Chronicles by Garry Leeson (Nevermore Press)
Capturing Crime by Carol Taylor (New World Publishing)

Maxine Tynes Nova Scotia Poetry Award
Year of the Metal Rabbit by Tammy Armstrong (Gaspereau Press)
Burden by Douglas Burnet Smith (University of Regina Press)
Waking Ground by shalan joudry (Gaspereau Press)

Robbie Robertson Dartmouth Book Award (Non-Fiction), sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Dartmouth
Blood in the Water: A True Story of Revenge in the Maritimes by Silver Donald Cameron (Viking Canada)
Acadian Driftwood: One Family and the Great Expulsion by Tyler LeBlanc (Goose Lane Editions)
Peace by Chocolate: The Hadhad Family’s Remarkable Journey from Syria to Canada by Jon Tattrie (Goose Lane Editions)

Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award
Some People’s Children by Bridget Canning (Breakwater Books Ltd.)
Dirty Birds by Morgan Murray (Breakwater Books Ltd.)
Speechless by Anne Simpson (Freehand Books)

The 2021 Atlantic Book Festival and Awards will take place online with virtual author events happening May 6 to 12 and a virtual Awards Gala on May 13.

The 2021 Pioneer Award, going to someone from Nova Scotia who’s made a substantial contribution to the literary life of the region, will be announced when it’s awarded at the Gala.

The board of the non-profit Atlantic Book Awards Society is made up of representatives of the Atlantic Canadian book and writing community. The 2021 Atlantic Book Awards and Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Canada Book Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage, CTV, Halifax Public Libraries and the sponsorship of Alliance Française Halifax and Chapters/Indigo/Coles.

29 Mar

Join us online for the announcement of the books shortlisted for the 2021 Atlantic Book Awards

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with New Brunswick’s Frye Festival for the announcement of the 2021 Atlantic Book Awards shortlist.  Join us online on April 16 at 8:00 PM on the @FryeMoncton YouTube channel for a special event, Spotlight on Atlantic Authors, and be the first to hear which books have been selected as nominees for the 14 Atlantic Book Awards, honouring the best in Atlantic writing, illustration and publishing. 

Full event details below: Spotlight on Atlantic Authors / Pleins feux sur les auteur·es de l’Atlantique
Friday, April 16, 8 pm / Le vendredi 16 avril, 20h
An evening celebrating great successes in Atlantic Canadian literature over the past year. Be there as the 2021 Atlantic Book Awards finalists are revealed, and enjoy readings by winners of the Atlantic Book Awards, New Brunswick Book Awards, and Éloizes. Afterwards, discover a short film titled Matin Ecchymose, which features a sign language performance of poetry by Mo Bolduc.  

Une soirée qui souligne l’excellence littéraire de la dernière année au Canada atlantique. Assistez au dévoilement des finalistes des Atlantic Book Awards 2021, et profitez des lectures de lauréats des Atlantic Book Awards, des New Brunswick Book Awards et des Éloizes. Ensuite, découvrez Matin Ecchymose, un court métrage mettant en scène une performance en langue des signes de poèmes de Mo Bolduc.

Stay tuned for details on our virtual awards gala, to be held May 13, 2021, and check out the full schedule for the Frye Festival online now.

10 Mar

Call for Nominations — Pioneer Award (Nova Scotia)

The Atlantic Book Awards Society is inviting nominations for the 2021 Pioneer Award. This award is designed to honour trailblazers and groundbreakers 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, bookselling, literary arts organizations, etc. This year, the Pioneer Award recognizes someone from Nova Scotia.

To nominate someone for the Pioneer Award, 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 the 2021 Pioneer Award. Also include full contact information for your nominee. Send submissions to mackenh@halifax.ca by April 9, 2021. A jury of industry professionals will evaluate the submissions and select a recipient.

For further information about the Pioneer Award, please click here.

26 Oct

Call for Book Awards Jurors

Call for Jury Members

2021 Atlantic Book Awards

The Atlantic Book Awards Society (ABAS) is currently seeking jury members for the following 2021 Atlantic Book Awards:

  • Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction 
  • Dartmouth Book Award for Non-Fiction
  • Margaret and John Savage First Book Award for Fiction
  • Margaret and John Savage First Book Award for Non-Fiction
  • Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing
  • Alistair MacLeod Short Fiction Prize

ABAS wishes to ensure that the composition of our juries is reflective of the diverse community of authors, illustrators, and publishers who participate in our awards programs. The jury for each award is made up of 3 members.

JURY MEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Read and evaluate all books submitted to the award (judging criteria for each award will be provided).
  • Keep concise notes on your evaluations. These will be submitted to the awards coordinator once the judging is complete as jury comments are used in promotion of the shortlisted titles and winners.
  • Attend the judging meeting where the shortlist of 3 books will be determined and if possible, the winner. A second judging meeting may be required if the jury cannot decide on a winner at the first session, but this is normally not required.
  • Note: All judging decisions must remain confidential until the shortlists are publicly announced.

GENERAL INFORMATION

What is the timeline?

  • November 15: Books ready for jury members to pick up.
  • February 8: Target date for judging meetings. Depending on public safety protocols and/or location of jurors, these meetings may be held either via Zoom or in-person at the Alderney Gate Library in Dartmouth.
  • March 2021: Shortlists are announced.
  • May 13, 2021: Awards Gala at Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library

How many books will I have to read?

The number of books submitted for each award varies but usually averages between 10 and 25.  As a guideline, here are the numbers of books submitted for each award for 2020, which was an average year:  

  • Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction): 12
  • Dartmouth Book Award (Non-Fiction): 21
  • Margaret and John Savage First Book Award (Fiction): 9
  • Margaret and John Savage First Book Award (Non-Fiction): 13
  • Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing: 16
  • Alistair MacLeod Short Fiction Prize: 8

Do I get to keep the books?

Yes! As your thank-you for putting in all of those reading hours, you may keep any of the books you wish.

Will I have to serve on the jury more than one year? 

Not necessarily. We’re suggesting a maximum term of two years, provided new jury members can be found.

Interested? Want more information?

Contact Heather MacKenzie at mackenh@halifax.ca

902-490-6789

07 Oct

Additional Calls for Nominations – WFNS / ABAS

In addition to the Calls for Nominations already announced, we are pleased to join the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia in calling for nominations for the following awards:

Eligibility Dates:  November 2nd 2018 – November 1st 2020 [YA titles this year. ]

Eligibility:  November 2nd 2019 – November 1st 2020.   

Eligibility:  November 2nd 2019 – November 1st 2020.   

Eligibility:  November 2nd 2019 – November 1st 2020.   

And, new this year (!):

Eligibility: November 2nd 2018 – November 1st 2020. 

07 Oct

Calls for Submissions – 2021 Atlantic Book Awards

1. Dartmouth Book Awards (Fiction and Non-Fiction) — Submissions due November 2, 2020: the complete Call for Nominations document, with further information and instructions, is online here; the submission form is online here.

2. Margaret and John Savage First Book Award (Fiction and Non-Fiction) — Submissions due November 2, 2020: the complete Call for Nominations document, with further information and instructions, is online here; the submission form is online here.

3. Alistair MacLeod Short Fiction Prize — Submissions due November 2, 2020: the complete Call for Nominations document, with further information and instructions, is online here; the submission form is online here.

4. Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing — — Submissions due December 1, 2020: the complete Call for Nominations document and submissions form is online here.

5. Democracy 250 (D250) Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing — Submissions due November 2, 2020: the complete Call for Nominations document, with further information and instructions, is online here; the submission form is online here.

30 Jun

Welcome to the Atlantic Book Awards Virtual Gala

Music by bensound.com

Video created by Stacey Cornelius

(Halifax, NS)  2020 Atlantic Book Awards Winners Announced

The thirteen winners of the 2020 Atlantic Book Awards were announced virtually on June 30, 2020, with titles ranging from a short story collection, poetry, historical books, fiction, children’s books and memoirs.

Scot’s Bay, Nova Scotia’s Ami McKay was a double winner for Daughter of Family G:  A Memoir of Cancer Genes, Love and Fate (Knopf Canada), taking home both the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award and the Robbie Robertson Dartmouth Book Award (Non-Fiction). The book traces McKay’s family history with cancer back to the mid 1800’s, including the true story of her great great aunt Pauline, a story which led to a breakthrough in medical history.

Newfoundland author Gemma Hickey and Breakwater Books took home two awards for Almost Feral, winning Breakwater the APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book Award and Gemma Hickey the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award (Non-Fiction). The book traces Hickey’s 908 kilometer trek across Newfoundland in 2015, raising funds for survivors of clergy abuse.  It also recounts Hickey’s remarkable story of self-discovery, which led to the realization that they are transgender.

One of Canada’s largest book prizes, the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, went to Newfoundland author Michael Crummey for his novel about a brother and sister orphaned in an isolated cove on Newfoundland’s northern coastline, The Innocents (Doubleday Canada).  The $25,000 prize is awarded by the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia, with support from Thomas Head Raddalls’ family.

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

1. Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction

Nosy White Woman by Martha Wilson (Biblioasis)

2.  Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature

Everybody’s Different on EveryBody Street, by Sheree Fitch (Nimbus Publishing)

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

Truth and Conviction:  Donald Marshall Jr. and the Mik’kmaw Quest for Justice by L. Jane McMillan (UBC Press)

4.  Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association’s Best Atlantic-Published Book Award, Sponsored by Friesens Corporation

Breakwater Books for Almost Feral by Gemma Hickey

5.  Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing

Dangerous Enemy Sympathizers:  Canadian Internment Camp B, 1940-1945 by Andrew Theobald (Goose Lane Editions)

6.  Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award

Daughter of Family G:  A Memoir of Cancer Genes, Love and Fate by Ami McKay (Knopf Canada)

7.  Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction), presented by BoyneClarke LLP

The Difference, by Marina Endicott (Knopf Canada)

8.  J.M. Abraham Poetry Award\

Belated Bris of the Brainsick by Lucas Crawford (Nightwood Editions)

9.  Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration

Sydney Smith for Small in the City, written by Sydney Smith (Groundwood Books)

10.  Margaret and John Savage First Book Award (fiction), Sponsored by the family of John and Margaret Savage and Royden Trainor

Crow by Amy Spurway (Goose Lane Editions)

11. Margaret and John Savage First Book Award – (Non-Fiction) sponsored by Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission, Weed Man Maritimes, Heritage House Law Office, I Love Renovations and Simple Sage Solutions

Almost Feral by Gemma Hickey, (Breakwater Books)

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

Daughter of Family G:  A Memoir of Cancer Genes, Love and Fate by Ami McKay (Knopf Canada)

13.  Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award

The Innocents by Michael Crummey (Doubleday Canada)

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 2020 Atlantic Book Awards and Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Book Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage, Halifax Public Libraries, Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, Dartmouth Book Awards and the support of Chapters/Indigo/Coles and Alliance Française Halifax.

(Halifax, N.-É.)  Annonce du nom des récipiendaires des Prix littéraires de l’Atlantique 2020.

Les treize récipiendaires des Prix littéraires de l’Atlantique 2020 ont été annoncé virtuellement le 30 juin 2020 pour des œuvres allant des recueils de nouvelles, de poésie, de publications historiques, à des fictions, des livres pour enfants et des mémoires.

Ami McKay de Scot’s Bay en Nouvelle Écosse a remporté deux prix pour Daughter of Family G: A Memoir of Cancer Genes, Love and Fate (Knopf Canada) : le Prix littéraire Evelyn Richardson pour une œuvre non romanesque et le Prix littéraire Dartmouth Robbie Robertson pour œuvre non romanesque. Le livre retrace l’histoire familiale de McKay face au cancer dans le milieu des années 1800 et de l’histoire vraie de son arrière grand-tante Pauline qui a permis une percée dans la médecine.

Gemma Hickey, auteur originaire de Terre Neuve et les éditions Breakwater Books ont remporté deux prix pour Almost Feral : le prix de l’APMA pour meilleur livre publié au Canada atlantique pour les éditions Breakwater et le prix première œuvre littéraire non romanesque Margaret et John Savage pour Gemma Hickey. Le livre retrace le périple de 908 kilomètres de Hickey à travers la province de Terre Neuve en 2015 pour lever des fonds en faveur des survivants de maltraitance du clergé. L’ouvrage raconte aussi l’histoire remarquable de la découverte personnelle de Hickey qui lui a permis de réaliser qu’iel était transgenre.

Le Prix Thomas Raddall pour une œuvre de fiction d’un auteur de l’Atlantique, l’un des prix littéraires les plus importants du Canada, a été remis à Michael Crummey, auteur originaire de Terre Neuve pour son roman The Innocents (Doubleday Canada) à propos d’un frère et d’une sœur orphelins dans une crique isolée de la côte nord de Terre Neuve. Ce prix de 25 000 $ est décerné par la Fédération des Auteurs de la Nouvelle Écosse avec le soutien de la famille de Thomas Head Raddall.

Les treize prix pour des œuvres, des éditeurs et des auteurs et des illustrateurs sont :

Prix Alistair MacLeod pour recueil de nouvelles

Nosy White Woman de Martha Wilson (Biblioasis)

Prix Ann Connor Brimer pour la littérature pour enfants

Everybody’s Different on EveryBody Street de Sheree Fitch (Nimbus Publishing)

Prix littéraire de l’Atlantique pour publication scientifique, parrainé par Marquis Book Printing

Truth and Conviction:  Donald Marshall Jr. and the Mik’kmaw Quest for Justice de L. Jane McMillan (UBC Press)

Prix de l’APMA (Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association) pour meilleur livre publié au Canada atlantique, parrainé par la Friesens Corporation

Breakwater Books pour Almost Feral de Gemma Hickey

Prix littéraire de l’Atlantique Democracy 250 pour publication historique

Dangerous Enemy Sympathizers: Canadian Internment Camp B, 1940-1945 de Andrew Theobald (Goose Lane Editions)

Prix Evelyn Richardson pour œuvre non romanesque

Daughter of Family G:  A Memoir of Cancer Genes, Love and Fate de Ami McKay (Knopf Canada)

Prix littéraire de Dartmouth Jim Connors pour œuvre de fiction, présenté par Boyne Clarke, s.r.l

The Difference de Marina Endicott (Knopf Canada)

Prix de poésie J.M. Abraham

Belated Bris of the Brainsick de Lucas Crawford (Nightwood Editions)

Prix Lillian Shepherd pour l’excellence des illustrations

Sydney Smith pour Small in the City écrit parSydney Smith (Groundwood Books)

Prix première oeuvre littéraire Margaret et John Savage, parrainé par la famille de John et Margaret Savage et Royden Trainor

Crow de Amy Spurway (Goose Lane Editions)

Prix première œuvre littéraire Margaret et John Savage (oeuvre non romanesque), parrainé par la Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission, Weed Man Maritimes, Heritage House Law Office, I Love Renovations and Simple Sage Solutions

Almost Feral de Gemma Hickey (Breakwater Books)

Prix littéraire de Dartmouth pour œuvre non romanesque (nommé en l’honneur de Robbie Robertson), présenté par le Club Kiwanis de Dartmouth

Daughter of Family G:  A Memoir of Cancer Genes, Love and Fate de Ami McKay (Knopf Canada)

Prix Thomas Raddall pour une œuvre de fiction d’un auteur de l’Atlantique

The Innocents de Michael Crummey (Doubleday Canada)

À propos de la Société des prix littéraires de l’Atlantique

Le conseil d’administration de l’association de la Société des prix littéraires de l’Atlantique est composé de représentants de la communauté du livre et de la littérature dans le Canada atlantique. Le festival et les prix littéraires de l’Atlantique 2020 reconnaissent le soutien du Fonds du livre du Canada de Patrimoine Canadien, des bibliothèques publiques de Halifax, Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, Dartmouth Book Awards ainsi que l’apport de l’Alliance Française Halifax et de Chapters/Indigo/Coles.