• Award season begins: Atlantic Book Awards short list

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    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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