Finalists for the 2012 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: St. John’s, NL (April 17, 2012) – From Viking settlers and Jack tales, to sci-fi and modern day romance, passion, humour and razor-sharp writing define the six works shortlisted for the 2012 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards. Presented by the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Literary Arts Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, this year the awards are honouring excellence in the categories of fiction and children’s/young adult literature. The finalists for the Bruneau Family Children’s/Young Adult Literature Award are listed below.

Bruneau Family Children’s/Young Adult Literature Award

Jack and the Manger
Written by Andy Jones
Illustrated by Darka Erdelji
Running the Goat Books & Broadside

Jury Comments: “This irreverent, buoyant version of the nativity story, as experienced by the legendary, down-to-earth figure of Jack, has all the charm of a good tale told by a master storyteller… Captivating and hilarious, with a transcendent story at its centre, Jack and the Manger is an outstanding children’s book.”

Edge of Time
Written by Susan MacDonald
Breakwater Books

Jury Comments: “Snappy dialogue, fast-paced action. One heart-stopping scene after another… A little bit Star Wars and a little bit Star Trek, in the enad Edge of Time creates its own very distinct world…. MacDonald’s writing is clear and her imagination vivid. Sci-fi enthusiasts now have a new writer to watch.”

Dragon Seer’s Gift
Written by Janet McNaughton
HarperCollins Canada

Jury Comments: “… crisp and evocative, marked by snappy, believable dialogue and deftly drawn characters… another fine novel by one of Canada’s most accomplished authors for young adults. Janet McNaughton has created a work that is both original and entertaining but also suggests much about the serious issues that affect us all.”

The winners of the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards will be announced during the 2012 Atlantic Book Awards Festival, which will be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland for the first time this year. The festival, which is organized by the Atlantic Book Awards Society, will take place from May 10-17, and will include two public readings featuring the authors shortlisted for the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards. The first event will spotlight the three authors shortlisted for the Bruneau Family Children’s/Young Adult Literature Award, this reading will take place on Saturday, May 12, 2:00 pm, at the A.C. Hunter Children’s Library. The second event will feature the three authors shortlisted for the Ches Crosbie Barristers Fiction Award, this reading will take place on Tuesday, May 15, 9:00 pm, at The Ship Pub. Both of these readings are free and open to the public. The Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards will be presented, along with seven other Atlantic Book Awards, at the festival awards ceremony on Thursday, May 17, at the LSPU Hall.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards are presented under the distinguished patronage of the Honourable John C. Crosbie, PC, OC, ONL, QC, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador. This is the 16th consecutive year for the provincial book awards, which consider works released during the two previous years (the 2012 nominees were published in 2010 or 2011). The Bruneau Family has sponsored the children’s/young adult literature category of the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards since 2002; Ches Crosbie Barristers has come on board as the sponsor for the fiction category for the first time this year. The generous support of award sponsors helps the Writers’ Alliance and the Literary Arts Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador pay tribute to the essential role our writers play in the vibrant culture of this province. Prize categories for the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards alternate every second year; in 2013 works of non-fiction and poetry will be recognized. The winner in each category receives a cash prize of $1,500, and runners-up each receive $500.

Further details about the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards can be found on the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador website, and the Literary Arts Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador website. Further details about the Atlantic Book Awards Festival, including the awards ceremony at which the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards will be presented, can be found at www.atlanticbookawards.ca.

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Media contact:

Théa Morash, Executive Director
Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador
Tel: 709-739-5215 | wanl@nf.aibn.com

Established in 1987 to contribute to a supportive environment for writing in the province, the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador offers workshops, programs, and information to both professional and aspiring writers.