Announcing the 2006 Atlantic Book Awards Nominees

Shunpiking's North Street Literary Review has received the following press release for the 2006 Atlantic Book Awards today announcing the shortlist for ten book prizes for the 2006 Atlantic Book Awards. The nominees for this year's Book Awards are:

Atlantic Poetry Prize [administered by WFNS]
Anne Compton, Processional, Fitzhenry & Whiteside
Robin McGrath, Covenant of Salt, Creative Book Publishing
Harry Thurston, A Ship Portrait, Gaspereau Press

Best Atlantic Published Book [administered by Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association]
Ronald Rompkey (ed), Reginald Shepherd & Helen Parsons Shepherd: A Life Composed, Breakwater Books Harry Thurston (ed), The Sea’s Voice: An Anthology of Atlantic Canadian Nature Writing, Nimbus PublishingTom Gallant, A Hard Chance: Sailing Into the Heart of Love, Pottersfield Press

Booksellers’ Choice Award
[administered by Atlantic Independent Booksellers’ Association]
Donna Morrissey, Sylvanus Now, Penguin Group
Michael Crummey, The Wreckage, Doubleday Canada
Joan Baxter, The Hermit of Gully Lake: The Life and Times of Willard Kitchener MacDonald, Pottersfield Press

Ann Connor Brimer Children’s Literature Prize [administered by the Ann Connor Brimer Steering Committee in association with Nova Scotia Library Association]
Vicki Grant, Quid Pro Quo, Orca Book Publishers
Kevin Major, Aunt Olga’s Christmas Postcards, Groundwood Books
Nancy Shouse, Any Pet Will Do, Orca Book Publishers

Dartmouth Book Award - Fiction [administered by Halifax Public Libraries/HRM]
George Elliott Clarke, George and Rue, HarperCollins
Frank MacDonald, A Forest for Calum, Cape Breton University Press
Stephens Gerard Malone, Miss Elva, Random House of Canada

Dartmouth Book Award - Non-fiction [administered by Halifax Public Libraries/HRM]
Laura M. MacDonald, Curse of the Narrows: The Halifax Explosion 1917, HarperCollins
Dean Jobb, The Acadians: A People’s Story of Exile and Triumph, John Wiley & Sons
Tom Gallant, A Hard Chance: Sailing Into the Heart of Love, Pottersfield Press

Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize [administered by WFNS]
George Elliott Clarke, George and Rue, HarperCollins
Donna Morrissey, Sylvanus Now, Penguin Group
Lisa Moore, Alligator, House of Anansi Press

Evelyn Richardson Non-fiction Prize [administered by WFNS]
Dean Jobb, The Acadians: A People’s Story of Exile and Triumph, John Wiley & Sons
Laura M. MacDonald, Curse of the Narrows: The Halifax Explosion 1917, HarperCollins
Linda Johns, Birds of a Feather: Tales of a Wild Bird Haven, Goose Lane

Margaret and John Savage First Book Award [administered by Halifax Public Libraries/ HRM]
Tom Gallant, A Hard Chance: Sailing Into the Heart of Love
, Pottersfield Press
Lesley Crewe, Relative Happiness, Nimbus Publishing
Charles Crosby, italics, mine, Norwood Publishing

Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Illustration
[administered by The Book Room & the Atlantic region publishers’ representatives]
Jeffrey C. Domm (illustrator), Atlantic Puffin: Little Brother of the North, Nimbus
Brenda Jones (illustrator), Buddy the Bluenose Reindeer, Nimbus
Yolanda Poplawska, A Halifax ABC, Nimbus

The 2006 Atlantic Book Festival will take place from April 20 to 29. Concerts, readings, bookstore signings, school and library presentations are scheduled throughout the Atlantic region. The festival will culminate in an Awards Ceremony, held on Friday April 28, at Alderney Gate Theatre in Dartmouth NS.

Nova Scotia Book Festival Events

Thursday, 20 April 7:30pm - A GASPEREAU EVENING - at the Al Whittle Theatre, 450 Main St., Wolfville. Readings by Michael deBeyer, Peter Sanger and Elaine McCluskey, with music by Amelia Curran

Sunday, 23 April 7:30pm
- TUNED IN TO WORDS - Concert for the Margaret & John Savage First Book Award at Alderney Landing Theatre, 2 Ochterloney St., Dartmouth. Call (902) 484-8344 to reserve tickets, $12/$15

Monday, 24 April 9:30am - READING
- Hadley Dyer reads from Johnny Kellock Died Today at the Halifax North Memorial Public Library, 2285 Gottingen St., Halifax
12:00pm - AWARDS WEEK LAUNCH - Mayor Peter Kelly welcome author Vicki Grant, illustrator Yolanda Poplawska and school children to City Hall, Halifax
6:00pm - LAUNCH - Woozles & HarperCollins present Hadley Dyer, Johnny Kellock Died Today, at WFNS, 1113 Marginal Rd, Halifax. Call (902) 423-7626 for information
7:00pm - CAPE BRETON SALUTES BOOKFEST - at McConnell Memorial Public Library, 50 Falmouth St., Sydney. Cape Breton University Press, Breton Books and the McConnell Library present Frank MacDonald, Douglas Arthur Brown, Beatrice MacNeil and Rennie MacKenzie
7:30pm - READING - Linda Johns reads from Birds of a Feather: Tales of a Wild Bird Haven, Antigonish Library, in the Town Hall, College St., Antigonish

Tuesday, 25 April 7:30pm - LAUNCH
- Frog Hollow Books & Penguin Group Canada celebrate Linda Little’s new release, Scotch River, at The Cellar Bar & Grill, Clyde St., Halifax. RSVP; 429-3318

Wednesday, 26 April 6:30pm-9:30pm - A MUSING EVENING - readings by host Lorri Neilsen Glenn, Stephen Kimber and alumni from Community of Writers. Live music, mini-Tarot readings and muse-induced draws. Cash bar and excellent coffee at Fred, 2606 Agricola St., Halifax
7:00pm - FOUR ON THE FLOOR - Readings by Joan Baxter, Frank MacDonald, Charles Crosby and Linda Johns hosted by the New Glasgow Public Library, 182 Dalhousie St., New Glasgow
7:00pm-8:00pm - BOOKSIGNING - Hadley Dyer will sign copies of her new release, Johnny Kellock Died Today, at The Inside Story, Greenwood Mall, 963 Central Ave., Greenwood. Call (902) 765-6116 for information

Thursday, 27 April 7:00pm - READING
- Tom Gallant reads from A Hard Chance: Sailing Into the Heart of Love at Pugwash Village Hall, Pugwash
7:30pm - THE NIGHT BEFORE READING - Readings by Anne Compton, Frank MacDonald, Robin McGrath, Donna Morrissey and Lisa Moore at The Church, 5657 North St., Halifax. Seating is limited; RSVP (902) 423-8116
7:30pm-9:30pm - LAUNCH - Acorn Press, Paul and Jane Skerry toast Dianne Hicks Morrow’s Kindred Spirits: Relationships That Spark the Soul. All are welcome to the Skerry home, 544 Prospect Bay Rd. For directions, visit or call (902) 566-0956

Friday, 28 April12:00pm - READING - Laura M. MacDonald will be reading from her Curse of the Narrow: The Halifax Explosion 1917 at the Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library, 5381 Spring Garden Rd., Halifax
4:00pm - ATLANTIC BOOK AWARDS CEREMONY - Reception and book signing in lobby following the ceremony. Alderney Landing Theatre, 2 Ochterloney, Dartmouth. Seating is limited; RSVP (902) 423-8116

Saturday, 29 April 11:00am - TAKING THE PULSE: PUBLISHING TODAY - Join Roy MacSkimming, author of The Perilous Trade: Publishing Canada’s Writers, and friends for a panel discussion at the AGNS, Bedford Row entrance, Halifax

Sunday, 30 April 10:30am - READING
- Robin McGrath, at Shaar Shalom Synagogue, Halifax
2:00pm - JOSEPH SHERMAN MEMORIAL SERVICE - All are welcome to attend this memorial for PEI poet Joeseph Sherman. As well as being the Editor of Arts Atlantic for many years, Joe was a longstanding contributor to and supporter of Atlantic literature. At the Shaar Shalom synagogue, 1981 Oxford St., Halifax

New Brunswick

Tuesday, 25 April 12:00pm - READING
- Dean Jobb reads from The Acadians: A People’s Story of Exile and Triumph at the Saint John Public Library, 1 Market Square, St. John
7:30pm - READING - Donna Morrissey at Westminster Books, 445 King St., Fredericton. Call (506) 454-1442 for information

Wednesday, 26 April 8:00pm - JOSEPH SHERMAN TRIBUTE
- Hosted by Ross Leckie, Bill and Nancy Bauer, a celebration of PEI poet Joe Sherman’s life and work and launch of his newest books, Beautiful Veins and Worried Into Being: An Unfinished Alphabet. In the lounge of UNB’s Alumni Memorial Building, 13 Bailey Dr., Fredericton

- at the Capitol Theatre, 811 Main St., Moncton. 22 of Canada’s finest children’s authors will be visiting Moncton for the ceremony. Open to the public
La cérémonie de remise des prix Hackmatack: vingt-deux auteurs en nomination seront présents. Le public est cordialement invité
(902) 424-3774;

April 26 - 30 avril Moncton - Festival littéraire international Northrop Frye International Literary Festival will feature a host of authors from around the world, including Atlantic Book Award nominee George Elliott Clarke. For details visit or call 1-877-892-8400


Wednesday, 26 April 7:30pm - READING AT THE ROOMS - with Lesley Crewe, Stephens Gerard Malone and Harry Thurston. Hosted by the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland & Labrador at The Rooms, 9 Bonaventure Ave., St. John’s

Thursday, 27 April 7:00pm - READING - Harry Thurston, who has been nominated for both his long poem A Ship Portrait and his work as editor on The Sea’s Voice: An Anthology of Atlantic Canadian Nature Writing, will be reading at the A.C. Hunter Library, on the 3rd floor of the St. John’s Arts & Culture Centre, 125 Allendale Rd., St. John’s

Prince Edward Island

Saturday, 22 April 7:30pm - JOSEPH SHERMAN MEMORIAL LAUNCH - A celebration of the life and works of Joseph Sherman with family and friends reading from his most recent books. Mavor’s Bistro and Lecture Theatre, Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown

Wednesday, 26 April 12:00pm - BROWN BAG ROUNDTABLE
- Bring your lunch and join Tom Gallant, author of A Hard Chance: Sailing Into the Heart of Love, for a discussion of writing, publishing and everything in between. The Reading Well, 72 University Ave., Charlottetown (serves excellent coffee). Call (902) 566-2703 for details
7:00pm-9:00pm - READINGS - by Dean Jobb, Tom Gallant and Donna Morrissey at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown. Hosted by the PEI Writers’ Guild;

Thursday, 27 April 7:00pm - READING - Dean Jobb, author of The Acadians: A People’s Story of Exile and Triumph, at The Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island, Miscouche. Call (902) 432-2881 for details

The Atlantic Book Festival Steering Committee is composed of representatives from the Ann Connor Brimer Committee, Atlantic Independent Booksellers’ Association, Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association, Atlantic region publishers representatives, Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Awards, Halifax Public Libraries, Halifax Regional Municipality and Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. Atlantic Book Festival is made possible through support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Heritage Canada, Penguin Group (Canada), HarperCollins, CBC-Radio One, The Chronicle-Herald (Halifax), The Telegram (St. John’s), The Telegraph-Journal (St. John) and The Guardian (Charlottetown).

For further information, visit
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or contact:
Amy Harding, Atlantic Book Festival Coordinator 902-423-8116
Jane Buss, WFNS 902-423-8116
Norene Smiley, Hackmatack Children’s Choice Awards 902-424-3774
Heather MacKenzie, Halifax Public Libraries 902-490-5991

Susan Mersereau
Executive Assistant
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia 902 423 8116

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