Shortlist for the 2012 Atlanic Book Awards announced

The Atlantic Book Awards Society is pleased to announce the full shortlist for the nine different book prizes that make up the 2012 Atlantic Book Awards. The 26 books up for awards represent the wide range of literary works being produced in Atlantic Canada — from traditional novels to cutting edge fiction; thought-provoking non-fiction and deeply researched books on Atlantic Canadian history, to beautiful coffee table books; and illustrated children’s picture books to novels written for teens and young adults. The children’s categories include the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature, the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration and the Bruneau Family Children’s/Young Adult Literature Award. The shortlists are listed below.

The Atlantic Book Awards Society announced the nominees on the evening of March 20 at a fundraising event that featured author Alexander MacLeod — whose short-story collection, Light Lifting, was nominated for the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize and won a 2011 Atlantic Book Award — in conversation with a fellow 2011 Atlantic Book Award winner, Laura Penny (More Money Than Brains) and three nominees for 2012 awards: Chris Benjamin (Eco-Innovators: Sustainability in Atlantic Canada), Vicki Grant (Betsy Wickwire’s Dirty Secret), and Frank Macdonald (A Possible Madness).

The 2012 Atlantic Book Awards and Festival runs May 10–17 with free literary events taking place in all four Atlantic Provinces. Festival details will be available at in the coming weeks.

Winners of the 2012 Atlantic Book Awards will be announced at a special awards show on the last night of the week-long festival, Thursday, May 17, at 7:00 p.m. at the LSPU Hall in St. John’s, Newfoundland, marking the first time this event has ventured outside Nova Scotia. Newfoundland comedienne Amy House hosts the awards celebration, which also features a performance by Andy Jones. Tickets for the awards celebration are $12; as of April 1, they will be available at the LSPU Hall box office, by phone at 709-753-4531, or online at

Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature

Betsy Wickwire’s Dirty Secret | Written by Vicki Grant | HarperCollins Canada

Chasing Freedom | Written by Gloria Ann Wesley |Roseway Publishing

The Year Mrs. Montague Cried | Written by Susan White | Acorn Press

Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration

A Day with You in Paradise | Illustrated by Patsy MacKinnon | Written by Lennie Gallant | Nimbus Publishing

Monkeys in My Kitchen | Illustrated by Sydney Smith | Written by Sheree Fitch | Nimbus Publishing

Thank You for My Bed Illustrated by written by Doretta Groenendyk | Acorn Press

The Bruneau Family Children’s/Young Adult Literature Award

Dragon Seer’s Gift | Written by Janet McNaughton | HarperCollins Canada

Edge of Time | Written by Susan M. MacDonald | Breakwater Books

Jack and the Manger | Written by Andy Jones | Running the Goat Books & Broadsides

The board of the non-profit Atlantic Book Awards Society is made up of representatives of the Atlantic Canadian book and writing community. The 2012 Atlantic Book Awards and Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Canada Book Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage, and the sponsorship of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, through the Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation; the City of St. John’s; the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association; Advocate Printing; The Chronicle Herald; The Telegram; The Guardian; and The Telegraph-Journal. Sponsors of last night’s fundraiser were Neptune Theatre, the Waverly Inn, and The Carleton Music Bar & Grill.

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For more information, please contact:

Catherine Pretty | Festival Coordinator
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