Reviews of Books on the 2018 Atlantic Book Awards Shortlist

The shortlists for the Atlantic Book Awards have been announced, and since The Miramichi Reader has reviews of seven of them (plus one children’s book), I thought it might be helpful to provide links to the reviews for the various nominees. The books that have been reviewed here will have links embedded in them and will open in a new window. Some of the links will redirect you to the Consumed by Ink website, should they happen to have a review there.
Out of all the books listed below, A Bird on Every Tree by Carol Bruneau is my favourite by far, as it won our 2017 “The Very Best!” Book Award for Fiction-Short Stories. The Homing Place by Rachel Bryant is an excellent, authoritative study of early Indigenous and Settler literature and I have reviewed it now. The Awards will be given out on Thursday, May 10, 2018.


2018 ATLANTIC BOOK AWARDS and FESTIVAL SHORTLIST

Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction
Scars and other Stories
By Don Aker
Publisher: Pottersfield Press

Barrelling Forward
By Eva Crocker
Publisher: House of Anansi Press

Peninsula Sinking
By David Huebert
Publisher: Biblioasis

Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature
The Painting
By Charis Cotter
Publisher: Tundra Books

Polly MacCauley’s Finest Divinest, Wooliest Gift of All
By Sheree Fitch
Publisher: Running the Goat Books and Broadsides

The Memory Chair
By Susan White
Publisher: Acorn Press

Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing, Sponsored by Marquis Book Printing
The Mill: Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest
By Joan Baxter
Publisher: Pottersfield Press

The Homing Place: Indigenous and Settler Literary Legacies of the Atlantic (Currently reading, and it’s an excellent book!)
By Rachel Bryant
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Steal Away Home: One Woman’s Epic Flight to Freedom
By Karolyn Smardz Frost
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada

Robbie Robertson Dartmouth Book Award (Non-fiction), Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Dartmouth
The Mill: Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest
By Joan Baxter
Publisher: Pottersfield Press

The Sea Was in Their Blood: The Disappearance of the Miss Ally’s Five-Man Crew
By Quentin Casey
Publisher: Nimbus Publishing

The Halifax Explosion: Canada’s Worst Disaster
By Ken Cuthbertson
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada

Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing
The Mill: Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest
By Joan Baxter
Publisher: Pottersfield Press

The Endless Battle: The Fall of Hong Kong and Canadian POWs in Imperial Japan
By Andy Flanagan
Publisher: Goose Lane Editions

Nova Scotia at War, 1914-1919
By Brian Douglas Tennyson
Publisher: Nimbus Publishing

Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award
The Mill: Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest
By Joan Baxter
Publisher: Pottersfield Press

Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood
By Pauline Dakin
Publisher: Viking Canada

The Long Way Home: A Personal History of Nova Scotia
By: John DeMont
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction), presented by Boyne Clarke LLP
A Bird on Every Tree
By Carol Bruneau
Publisher: Vagrant Press

The Unlikely Redemption of John Alexander MacNeil
By Lesley Choyce
Publisher: Roseway Publishing

Peninsula Sinking
By David Huebert
Publisher: Biblioasis

J.M. Abraham Poetry Award
Everything We’ve Loved Comes Back to Find Us
By Allan Cooper
Publisher: Gaspereau Press

I’d Write the Sea Like a Parlour Game
By Alison Dyer
Publisher: Killick Press

All the Names Between
By Julia McCarthy
Publisher: Brick Books

Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration
Illustrator: Angela K. Doak (nominee)
Atlantic Animal ABC
(Written by Angela K. Doak)
Publisher: Nimbus Publishing

Illustrator: Sydney Smith (nominee)
Smoot: A Rebellious Shadow
(Written by Michelle Cuevas)
Publisher: Tundra Books

Illustrator: Sydney Smith (nominee)
Town is By the Sea
(Written by Joanne Schwartz)
Publisher: Groundwood Books

Margaret and John Savage First Book Award – Non-Fiction sponsored by Weed Man Maritimes, Heritage House Law Office, I Love Renovations and Transdynamic Services Ltd.
Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood
By Pauline Dakin
Publisher: Viking Canada

Just Jen: Thriving Through Multiple Sclerosis
By Jen Powley
Publisher: Roseway Publishing

Chasing Smoke: A Wildfire Memoir
By Aaron Williams
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

Margaret and John Savage First Book Award – Fiction Sponsored by Collins Barrow LLP, Royden Trainor and the family of John and Margaret Savage
The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes
By Bridget Canning
Publisher: Breakwater Books Ltd.

All is Beauty Now
By Sarah Faber
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Crying for the Moon
By Mary Walsh
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada

Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award
A Bird on Every Tree
By Carol Bruneau
Publisher: Vagrant Press

All is Beauty Now
By Sarah Faber
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Blood Fable
By Oisin Curran
Publisher: Book*hug

The Atlantic Book Awards Society (ABAS) is a registered non-profit organization with the mandate “to promote and acknowledge excellence in Atlantic Canadian writing and book publishing through an annual awards ceremony and related events.”
Currently based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the board of the Atlantic Book Awards Society is committed to being a truly regional organization with representation from all four Atlantic provinces.

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