The nominees for the 2010 Atlantic Book Awards have been released and provincial authors from Trudy Morgan-Cole to Michael Crummey are in the running for the regional literary prizes.
The 11 book awards include non-fiction and poetry as well as fiction.
The awards shortlists hold 28 different titles, the work of 33 authors and illustrators.
Newfoundland and Labrador is represented in the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award category by Greg Malone's "You Better Watch Out."
The shortlist for the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Illustration, meanwhile, includes both Kathy Kaulbach for "Johnny and the Gipsy Moth" from Tuckamore Books (an imprint of Creative Publishing) and Scott Keating for "What Colour is the Ocean?" from Flanker Press.
As well, one of the most recognizable of the 11 awards, the Thomas Head Randall Atlantic Fiction Award, will mark its 20th year in 2010.
The nominees for the anniversary Thomas Randall prize are: Linden MacIntyre for "The Bishop's Man," Shandi Mitchell for "Under This Unbroken Sky" and local author Michael Crummey for "Galore."
The regional Atlantic Book Awards will be handed out as part of the Atlantic Book Festival, running April 10 to April 18. Festival details for 2010 are to be released in the coming weeks, but are expected to include free readings and events in all four Atlantic provinces.
The book awards gala is set to be co-hosted by Costas Halavrezos of CBC Radio's Maritime Noon and Newfound-land and Labrador comedian Berni Stapleton.
Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing
Raoul R. Anderson and John K. Crellin, "Mi'sel Joe: An Aboriginal Chief's Journey" (Flanker Press)
Greg Cochkanoff and Bob Chaulk, "SS Atlantic: The White Star Line's First Disaster at Sea" (Goose Lane Editions)
Mike Heffernan, "Rig: An Oral History of the Ocean Ranger Disaster" (Creative Publishing)
Best Atlantic-Published Book
Ian Warkentin and Sandy Newton, "Birds of Newfoundland Field Guide" (Boulder Publications)
Trudy J. Morgan-Cole, "By the Rivers of Brooklyn" (Breakwater Books Ltd.)
David A. Francis and Robert M. Leavitt, "A Passamaquoddy-Maliseet Dictionary" (Goose Lane Editions)
Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award
Michael Crummey, "Galore" (Doubleday Canada)
Linden MacIntyre, "The Bishop's Man" (Random House)
Shandi Mitchell, "Under This Unbroken Sky" (Penguin)
(This is only a sampling. All 11 nominee lists are available at: