The shortlist for this year’s Atlantic Book Awards has been announced.

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Thirty books — spanning fiction, non-fiction, historical writing, poetry and books for children and young adults — have made the shortlist. Among them are works by Donna Morrissey, Greg Malone, Joan Sullivan, Don McKay and Mike Heffernan.

The Atlantic Book Awards and Festival will run May 9-16 with free events happening in each of the Atlantic provinces. Award winners will be announced at a gala on the last night of the festival in Dartmouth, N.S.

Festival details will be available online at


Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature

Live to Tell

By Lisa Harrington

Publisher: Dancing Cat Books

Kamakwie: Finding Peace, Love, and Injustice in Sierra Leone

By Kathleen Martin

Publisher: Red Deer Press

Enemy Territory

By Sharon E. McKay

Publisher:  Annick Press

APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book Award

Sponsored by Friesens Corporation

Grandma Says

By Cindy Day

Publisher: Nimbus Publishing

Riptides: New Island Fiction

Edited by Richard Lemm

Published by: Acorn Press

The Metamorphosis: The Apprenticeship of Harry Houdini

By Bruce MacNab

Publisher: Goose Lane Editions

Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing

Sponsored by Marquis Imprimeur

The Ocean Ranger: Remaking the Promise of Oil

By Susan Dodd

Publisher: Fernwood Publishing

A History of Newfoundland in the North Atlantic to 1818

By Shannon Ryan

Publisher: Flanker Press

The Language of This Land, Mi'kma'ki

By Trudy Sable and Bernie Francis

Publisher: Cape Breton University Press

Dartmouth Book Award for Non-fiction in Memory of Robbie Robertson,

Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Dartmouth

The Village of My Heart’s Mistake:  An Acadian Life

By Denise Cormier

Publisher: Encompass Editions

Nova Scotia’s Historic Rivers:  The Waterways that Shaped the Province

By Joan Dawson

Publisher: Nimbus Publishing

French Taste in Atlantic Canada 1604-1758:  A Gastronomic History/  

Le goût Français au Canada Atlantique 1604-1758: Une Histoire Gastronomique

By Anne Marie Lane Jonah and Chantal VéChambre

Publisher: Cape Breton University Press

Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing

Haunted Girl:  Esther Cox and the Great Amherst Mystery

By Laurie Glenn Norris with Barbara Thompson

Publisher: Nimbus Publishing

Master and Madman: The Surprising Rise and Disastrous Fall of the Hon Anthony Lockwood RN

By Peter Thomas and Nicholas Tracy

Publisher: Goose Lane Editions

In Search of R. B. Bennett

By P.B. Waite

Publisher:  McGill-Queen’s University Press

E.J. Pratt Poetry Award

Gift Horse

By Mark Callanan

Publisher: Signal Editions/Véhicule Press


By Don McKay

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart


By George Murray

Publisher: ECW Press

Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction), presented by Boyne Clarke

The Rest is Silence

By Scott Fotheringham

Publisher:  Goose Lane Editions

Anna From Away   

By D. R. MacDonald

Publisher:  Harper Collins Publishers Limited

The Deception of Livvy Higgs

By Donna Morrissey

Publisher: Viking Canada

Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration

Driftwood Dragons and Other Seaside Poems

By Tyne Brown

Illustrated by Tamara Thiebaux Heikalo (nominee)

Publisher: Nimbus Publishing

I is for Island: A Prince Edward Island Alphabet

By Hugh MacDonald

Illustrated by Brenda Jones (nominee)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press

Toes In My Nose and Other Poems

By Sheree Fitch

Illustrated by Sydney Smith (nominee)

Publisher: Nimbus Publishing

Margaret and John Savage First Book Award

High-Water Mark

By Nicole Dixon

Publisher:  The Porcupine’s Quill

Dirty Bird

By Keir Lowther

Publisher: Tightrope Books


By Lesleyanne Ryan

Publisher: Breakwater Books

Rogers Communications Award for Non-fiction

The Other Side of Midnight: Taxicab Stories

By Mike Heffernan

Publisher: Creative Book Publishing

Don’t Tell the Newfoundlanders: The True Story of Newfoundland’s Confederation with Canada

By Greg Malone

Publisher: Knopf Canada

In the Field

By Joan Sullivan

Publisher: Breakwater Books

Organizations: Cape Breton University, Shannon Ryan Publisher, Kiwanis Club Nicholas Tracy Publisher Callanan Publisher Harper Collins Publishers

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Dartmouth, Sierra Leone New Island

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