• Shortlist announced for the 2017 Atlantic Book Awards

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    The Atlantic Books Awards Society have announced their shortlist for the 2017 awards. The 22 titles  are some of the finest to come out of the Atlantic provinces in the past year. Each category, ranging from children’s literature to scholarly writing, has three nominees.

    The Awards will be given out in Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library, on Thursday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m.

    The full list of nominees is below:

    Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction
    Bad Things Happen by Kris Bertin (Biblioasis)
    Four-Letter Words by Chad Pelley (Breakwater Books)
    Willem de Kooning’s Paintbrush by Kerry Lee Powell (HarperCollins Canada)

    Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature
    Into the Wasteland by Lesley Choyce (Red Deer Press)
    Flannery by Lisa Moore (Groundwood Books)
    Rain Shadow by Valerie Sherrard (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)

    Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing, Sponsored by Marquis Book Printing
    Brand Command: Canadian Politics and Democracy in the Age of Message Control by Alex Marland (University of British Columbia Press)
    The Vigilant Eye: Policing in Canada from 1867 to 9/11 by Greg Marquis (Fernwood Publishing)
    Notes from a Feminist Killjoy: Essays on Everyday Life by Erin Wunker (Bookthug)

    Robbie Robertson Dartmouth Book Award (Non-fiction), Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Dartmouth
    Sable Island in Black and White by Jill Martin Bouteillier (Nimbus Publishing)
    Written in the Ruins: Cape Breton Island’s Second Pre-Columbian Chinese Settlement by Paul Chiasson (Dundurn Press)
    Viola Desmond’s Canada: A History of Blacks and Racial Segregation in the Promised Land by Graham Reynolds with Wanda Robson (Fernwood Publishing)

    Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing
    Sable Island in Black and White by Jill Martin Bouteillier (Nimbus Publishing)
    New London: The Lost Dream by John Cousins (Island Studies Press)
    Conflicted Colony: Critical Episodes in Nineteenth Century Newfoundland and Labrador by Kurt Korneski (McGill-Queen’s University Press)

    Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction), presented by Boyne Clarke LLP
    Advocate by Darren Greer (Cormorant Books)
    Disposable Souls by Phonse Jessome (Nimbus Publishing/Vagrant Press)
    The Clay Girl by Heather Tucker (ECW Press)

    Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration
    Histoire de Galet by Marie Cadieux and illustrated by François Dimberton (Bouton d’or Acadie)
    The Snow Knows by Jennifer McGrath and illustrated by Josée Bisaillon (Nimbus Publishing)
    Sky Pig by Jan L. Coates and illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo (Pajama Press)

    Margaret and John Savage First Book Award, sponsored by Collins Barrow LLP, Weed Man Maritimes, and the family of John and Margaret Savage
    Turmoil, as Usual: Politics in Newfoundland and Labrador and the road to the 2015 Election by James McLeod (Creative Book Publishing)
    I’m Not What I Seem: The many stories of Rita MacNeil’s life by Charlie Rhindress (Formac Publishing)
    Notes from a Feminist Killjoy: Essays on Everyday Life by Erin Wunker (Bookthug)

  • Katie Short graduated from Dalhousie University in 2016 and is now a student at the University of King’s College in the Bachelor of Journalism program. In her spare time, she works as a research assistant in the Marine Affairs program at Dalhousie.

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