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Atlantic Book Awards short list announcement and author readings with Jon Tattrie, Valerie Compton, Alexander MacLeod and Ami McKay

April 7, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm ADT


Jon Tattrie readingAward-winning author Jon Tattrie hosts a conversation with other Atlantic Canadian writers on Tuesday, April 7 at Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library (Spring Garden Road, Halifax) beginning at 7:00 p.m. The literary evening is a fundraiser in support of the Atlantic Book Awards Society. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the door, and you can win books at the event. Joining Jon Tattrie in conversation are local authors Valerie Compton, Alexander MacLeod and Ami McKay. 

There will also be a special presentation by Dalhousie University Creative Writing students with their professor, well-known local author, Shandi Mitchell. Local bookseller, Bookmark, will be on hand selling copies of the nominated titles.

Participants will also be the first to hear the shortlist of the books nominated for the 2015 Atlantic Book Awards. The 2015 Atlantic Book Awards & Festival takes place May 7-14; shortlisted authors and illustrators will be featured in events throughout the Atlantic provinces. The festival culminates May 14 at Dartmouth’s Alderney Landing Theatre, where the recipients of eight different book awards will be revealed at a special awards celebration.

Valerie Compton (http://writers.ns.ca/members/profile/54) is the author of the novel Tide Road, a finalist for the 2012 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. Her short fiction has been published in literary journals across Canada and shortlisted for the CBC Literary Award. Her non-fiction articles and book reviews have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen, Gourmet and elsewhere. Valerie has been leading writing workshops and mentoring writers since 2005.

Alexander MacLeod (http://www.biblioasis.com/alexander-macleod) was born in Inverness, Cape Breton and raised in Windsor, Ontario. His bestselling fiction debut, Light Lifting, was an ALA Notable Book for 2012, shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor Award, and the winner of an Atlantic Book Award. Light Lifting was also shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Commonwealth Prize. Alexander holds degrees from the University of Windsor, the University of Notre Dame, and McGill; he currently lives in Dartmouth and teaches at Saint Mary’s University.

Ami McKay’s (http://amimckay.com/) debut novel, The Birth House was a number one bestseller in Canada, winner of three Canadian Bookseller Association Libris Awards, nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and a book club favourite around the world. Her new novel. The Virgin Cure, is inspired by the life of her great-great grandmother, Dr. Sarah Fonda Mackintosh, a female physician in nineteenth century New York. Born and raised in Indiana, Ami now lives in Nova Scotia.

Jon Tattrie (http://www.jontattrie.ca/) is a multi-media freelance journalist and author based in Halifax. He’s won seven awards for his writing, including three Atlantic Journalism Awards (silver) and two Best Book awards from The Coast. He writes for Halifax Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Canadian Geographic, The Globe and Mail, Business Voice, The Chronicle Herald, Metro Canada and many other publications. At the CBC, he’s an online journalist, TV and radio reporter and occasionally documentary-maker. He’s written four books: Day Trips From Halifax, Cornwallis: The Violent Birth of Halifax, The Hermit of Africville and Black Snow: A novel of the Halifax Explosion.

For more information, contact Laura Carter, Festival Coordinator, 2015 Atlantic Book Awards Festival: (902) 209-0279 or abafcoordinator@gmail.com.


April 7, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm ADT
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