Reviews from the 2017 New Brunswick Book Awards Short List

Two books from the 2017 New Brunswick Book Awards have been reviewed here at The Miramichi Reader: Wayne Curtis’ Homecoming and Jan Wong’s Apron Strings. Both are worthy contenders in their respective categories. I have also reviewed Rachel Bryant’s The Homing Place which is a very insightful book of early Indigenous and Settler literature. Links to the above reviews can be found below.


Saint John (NB) March 23, 2018 – The Fiddlehead and the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick have announced the shortlisted titles for the third annual New Brunswick Book Awards. The winners will be announced at a celebration, honouring writing and illustration excellence, on Friday June 8, at the Lily Lake Pavilion in Saint John.

The program celebrates books published in the 2017 calendar year and in four categories: poetry, fiction, non-fiction and children’s writing (picture books). The competition is open to traditionally published and self-published authors who have lived in the province for three of the last five years, including the award year.

A total of 36 total submissions were received for the awards. The book awards program represents a partnership between Canada’s oldest literary magazine, The Fiddlehead, which has nurtured New Brunswick’s literary culture for over 70 years, and the Writers’ Federation, which for 30 years has passionately supported the development of home-grown writers at all stages of development.

The finalists are as follows:

The Mrs. Dunster’s Award for Fiction
Judge: Angie Abdou

Peter J. Clair, Tobique, Taapoategl & Pallet: A Mi’Kmaq Journey of Loss and Survival
Publisher: Chapel Street Editions

Wayne Curtis, Fredericton, Homecoming: The Road Less Travelled
Publisher: Pottersfield Press

M.T. Dohaney, Fredericton, Caplin Scull: Chronicles from a Newfoundland Outpost
Publisher: Pottersfield Press

Alice Kitts Memorial Award for Excellence in Children’s Writing 
Judge: Sheree Fitch

Odette Barr, Petit-Cap, Colleen Landry, Moncton, and Beth Weatherbee, Baie Verte, Take off to Tantramar
Publisher: Chocolate River Publishing

Paul McAllister, Fredericton, New Song for Herman
Publisher: Herman’s Monster House Publishing

Alice Whitney, Fredericton, Henrietta’s Nightlight
Publisher: Chocolate River Publishing

The Fiddlehead Poetry Book Prize
Judge: Susan Gillis

Wayne Clifford, Grand Manan, Flying the Truck
Publisher: New Brunswick Museum

Allan Cooper, Riverview, Everything We’ve Loved Comes Back to Find Us
Publisher: Gaspereau Press

Kathy Mac, Fredericton, Human Misunderstanding
Publisher: Roseway

Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick Book Award for Non-Fiction 
Judge: Andrew Westoll

Rachel Bryant, Saint John, The Homing Place
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Tony Robinson-Smith, Fredericton, The Dragon Run: Two Canadians, Ten Bhutanese, One Stray Dog
Publisher: University of Alberta Press

Jan Wong, Fredericton, Apron Strings: Navigating Food and Family in France, Italy and China
Publisher: Goose Lane Editions

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