6th annual New Brunswick Book Awards Shortlist

The New Brunswick Book Awards* judges have made their difficult decisions and selected the shortlisted titles for the 6th annual New Brunswick Book Awards! The 6th annual awards ceremony will take place virtually on Thursday, May 6, at 7 p.m.
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Waiting for the Small Ship of Desire, by Allan Cooper (Longlisted for a 2020 “Very Best!” Book Award for poetry at TMR)
Keeping Count, by M. Travis Lane
The Knowing Animals, by Emily Skov-Nielsen


Czech Techno by Mark Anthony Jarman
Waiting under Water by Riel Nason
You Were Never Here by Kathleen Peacock


Teaching at the Top of the World by Odette Barr
Meadowlands: A Chronicle of the Scovil Family by Virginia Bliss Bjerkelund
Restigouche: The Long Run of the Wild River by Philip Lee 

Alice Kitts Memorial Award (Children’s Picture books)

Mi’kmag Alphabet Book written by Shyla Augustine Illustrated by Braelyn Cyr.
We Wear Masks by Marla Lesage
What-Cha-Doing? by Kim Renton and illustrated by Tamara Thiebaux Heikalo

All nominated books were published in 2020 (2019 and 2020 for the children’s book category) and penned by New Brunswick authors.

*THE NEW BRUNSWICK BOOK AWARDS are co-administered and co-sponsored by The Fiddlehead: Atlantic Canada’s International Journal and the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick.

James M. Fisher is the owner and editor-in-chief of The Miramichi Reader. He began TMR in 2015, realizing that there was a genuine need for more book reviews of Canadian literature. It has since become Canada’s best-regarded source for the finest in new literary releases. James has been interviewed about TMR on CBC Radio and other media sites. James works as a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologist and lives in Miramichi, New Brunswick with his wife Diane and their tabby cat Eddie.