Award season begins: Atlantic Book Awards short list

Stack of 2015 shortlisted books

Last night the Atlantic Book Awards announced this year’s short list at the Halifax Central Library.

Jon Tattrie  led a discussion with Valerie Compton, Alexander MacLeod and Ami MacKay called “Writers in Conversation”.  Shandi Mitchell’s Dalhousie University Creative Writing students opened the event with readings of their best short fiction from their final senior workshop.

Congratulations to all the shortlisted publishers and authors!

Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing

Perished:  The 1914 Newfoundland Sealing Disaster
Author:  Jenny Higgins
Publisher: Boulder Publications

Something of a Pleasant Paradise:  Comparing Rural Societies in Acadie and the Loudunais,  1604-1755
Author:  Gregory M. W. Kennedy
Publisher :  McGill-Queens University Press

They Called Me Chocolate Rocket:  The Life and Times of John Paris, Jr., Hockey’s First Black Professional Coach
Author:  John Paris Jr. (with Robert Ashe)
Publisher:  Formac Lorimer Books

Dartmouth Book Award for Non-Fiction

Fire in the Belly:  How Purdy Crawford rescued Canada, and changed the way we do business
Author: Gordon Pitts
Publisher:  Nimbus Publishing

Double Pregnant:  Two Lesbians Make a Family
Author:  Natalie Meisner
Publisher:  Roseway Publishing

Winds of Change:  The Life and Legacy of Calvin W. Ruck
Author:  Lindsay Ruck
Publisher:  Pottersfield Press

Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction

Punishment
Author:  Linden MacIntyre
Publisher:  Random House Canada

Just Beneath My Skin
Author:  Darren Greer
Publisher:  Cormorant Books

Grist
Author:  Linda Little
Publisher:  Roseway Publishing

Margaret and John Savage First Book Award

Vienna Nocturne
Author:  Vivien Shotwell
Publisher:  Bond Street Books

Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome
Author:  Megan Gail Coles
Publisher:  Creative Book Publishing

Where I Belong
Author: Alan Doyle
Publisher:  Doubleday Canada

Scholarly Writing Award

Equal as Citizens: The Tumultuous and Troubled Idea of a Great Canadian Idea
Author: Richard Starr
Publisher: Formac Publishing Company Limited

Those Splendid Girls
Author: Katherine Dewar
Publisher: Island Studies Press

Bringing Home Animals: Mistissini Hunters of Northern Quebec (2nd edition)
Author: Adrian Tanner
Publisher: ISER Books (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature

Dear Canada: Flame and Ashes: The Great Fire Diary of Triffie Winsor
Author: Janet McNaughton
Publisher: Scholastic Canada

The End of the Line
Author: Sharon E. McKay
Publisher: Annick Press

Jack, the King of Ashes
Author: Andy Jones
Publisher:  Running the Goat Books and Broadsides

APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book Award

The Sudden Sun
Author: Trudy J. Morgan-Cole
Publisher: Breakwater Books

Atlantic Coastal Gardening: Growing Inspired, Resilient Plants
Author: Denise Adams
Publisher: Nimbus Publishing

Island Kitchen: An Ode to Newfoundland
Author: Chef Mark McCrowe and Sasha Okshevsky
Publisher: Creative Book Publishing

Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration

Music is for Everyone
Illustrator: Sydney Smith
Author: Jill Barber
Publisher: Nimbus Publishing

Wow Wow and Haw Haw
Illustrator: Michael Pittman
Author: George Murray
Publisher: Breakwater Books

The Secret Life of Squirrels
Illustrator: Nancy Rose
Author: Nancy Rose
Publisher: Penguin Canada

The winners of the Atlantic Book Awards will be announced May 14th at the 2015 Atlantic Book Awards Gala. Check back here for more details.

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Alissa MacDougall is Atlantic Books Today's editorial intern. She recently completed her fourth year of university in Halifax.

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