Shortlists Announced for the 2011 Atlantic Book Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Halifax (March 23, 2011) – The Atlantic Book Awards Society is pleased to announce the full shortlist for the 11 different literary awards that make up the 2011 Atlantic Book Awards. Shauntay Grant and Susan Tooke’s book, The City Speaks in Drums is nominated for two awards: one for Grant as author, the other for Tooke as illustrator. The children’s nominees are listed below. The complete shortlist, containing books ranging from fiction to non-fiction to poetry, can be read below and is available at

The Atlantic Book Awards Society announced the nominees last evening at a fundraising event that also featured CBC journalist and author Linden MacIntyre—winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize and two Atlantic Book Awards for The Bishop’s Man — in conversation with double nominee and Giller-nominated author Alexander MacLeod and fellow nominees Sheree Fitch (Pluto’s Ghost) and Sheldon Currie (Two More Solitudes).

Publishers from all four Atlantic provinces are well represented on this year’s shortlist. Apart from Nimbus Publishing, Nova Scotia’s Pottersfield Press and Gaspereau Press each have two nominated titles, as does Newfoundland’s Breakwater Books. PEI’s Acorn Press, New Brunswick’s Goose Lane Editions, Cape Breton University Press, and Halifax’s Formac Publishing each have one title on the list.

Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature

A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk
Written by Jan L. Coates
(Red Deer Press)

The City Speaks in Drums
Written by Shauntay Grant
(Nimbus Publishing)

The Glory Wind
Written by Valerie Sherrard
(Fitzhenry & Whiteside)

Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Illustration

One Hockey Night by David Ward
Illustrated by Brian Deines
(Scholastic Canada)

Snow for Christmas
Illustrated by Doretta Groenendyk
(Acorn Press)

The City Speaks in Drums by Shauntay Grant
Illustrated by Susan Tooke
(Nimbus Publishing)

Sheree Fitch’s Pluto’s Ghost (Doubleday Canada) was shortlisted for the Atlantic Independent Booksellers’ Choice Award.

The 2011 Atlantic Book Awards and Festival runs May 12 – 19 with free literary events taking place in all four Atlantic provinces. Festival details will be available at in the coming weeks.

The 2011 Atlantic Book Awards celebration, a highlight of the week-long festival, takes place at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 19 at Alderney Landing Theatre in Dartmouth, NS. Co-hosting the awards celebration this year are Newfoundland author and comedian Greg Malone (of CODCO fame) and Heidi Petracek, host of A’s Breakfast Television. Tickets for the awards celebration are $10, and will soon be on sale at, by telephone at 1-888-311-9090, and at all Ticket Pro Outlets.

The board of the non-profit Atlantic Book Awards Society is made up of representatives of the Atlantic Canadian book and writing community. The 2011 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 Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association, Access Copyright, Advocate Printing, Chapters, the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia, Halifax Regional Municipality, The Chronicle Herald, The Telegram, The Guardian, The Telegraph-Journal, Halifax Public Libraries, and Atlantic Independent Booksellers.

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