Winners of the 2013 Atlantic Book Awards Announced

The winners of the 2013 Atlantic Book Awards were announced Thursday night (May 16, 2013) in a ceremony held at Alderney Gate Theatre in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. CBC Radio’s Louise Renault hosted the sold-out event, with books representing 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 poetry; and illustrated children’s picture books to novels written for teens and young adults. There was special recognition for the Dartmouth Book Awards – celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2013 – and a new award, the Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing, was presented for the first time. The winners of the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature and the Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration are listed below.

Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature

Live to Tell
Written by Lisa Harrington
Dancing Cat Books

Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration

I is for Island: A Prince Edward Island Alphabet
Illustrated by Brenda Jones
Written by Hugh MacDonald
Sleeping Bear Press

About the Awards

Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature
The impetus for this $2,000 award came from the late Ann Connor Brimer who was a strong advocate of Canadian children’s literature and saw the need to recognize and encourage children’s writers in Atlantic Canada.

Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration
Lillian Shepherd was a long-time buyer for the now-closed independent bookstore, The Book Room in Halifax. This award was established by her many friends to applaud the book that combines Lillian’s love for illustrated children’s books and her affinity for locally produced work. The award that bears her name is sponsored by the Atlantic Independent Booksellers’ Association and the Atlantic Provinces Publishers’ Representatives.

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Peggy Walt
peggy@culturalaffairs.ca
Tel: (902) 422-5403

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