The Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award was first presented in 1978. Named in honour of Evelyn Richardson, who in 1945 won the Governor General’s Non-Fiction Award for We Keep A Light, her memoir of life in a family of lighthouse keepers in Shelburne County, the award has been honouring the best non-fiction titles by Nova Scotians for 38 years.  

PAST RECIPIENTS

2015: Kaleigh Trace, Hot, Wet & Shaking: How I Learned to Talk About Sex.
Invisible Publishing


2014: Stephen Kimber, What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five.
Fernwood Publishing 



2013: Steven Laffoley, Shadowboxing 
Pottersfield Press
 

2012: Harry Thurston, The Atlantic Coast: A Natural History.
Greystone Books and the David Suzuki Foundation.
 

 
2011: Laura Penny, More Money Than Brains: Why Schools Suck, College is Crap, and Idiots Think They're Right.
McClelland & Stewart.
 



2010: John DeMont, Coal Black Heart: The Story of Coal and the Lives it Ruled.
Doubleday Canada.



2009: William B. Naftel, Halifax at War: Searchlights, Squadrons, and Submarines 1939-1945.
Formac.



2008: Marq de Villiers, The Witch in the Wind: The True Story of the Legendary Bluenose.
Thomas Allen Publishers.
 


2007: Linden MacIntyre, Causeway: A Passage from Innocence.
McClelland & Stewart.



2006: Linda Johns, Birds of a Feather: Tales of a Wild Bird Haven.
Goose Lane Editions.



2005: Marq de Villiers and Sheila Hirtle, A Dune Adrift.
McClelland & Stewart.



2004: Harry Thurston, Island of the Blessed: the Secrets of Egypt's Everlasting Oasis.
Doubleday Canada.



2003: Stephen Kimber, Sailors, Slackers and Blind Pigs: Halifax at War.
Penguin Canada.



2002: Kent Thompson, Getting Out of Town by Book and Bike.
Gaspereau Press.



2001: Joan Baxter, A Serious Pair of Shoes: An African Journal.
Pottersfield Press.



2000: Robin Metcalfe, Studio Rally.
Goose Lane Editions.



1999: Silver Donald Cameron, The Living Beach.
Macmillan Canada.



1998: Harry Bruce, An Illustrated History of Nova Scotia.
Nimbus Publishing.



1997: Harry Thurston, The Nature of Shorebirds: Nomads of the Wetlands.
Greystone Books (A division of Douglas & McIntyre).



1996: Simone Poirier-Bures, That Shining Place.
Oberon Press.

1995: Elizabeth Pacey, Landmarks: Historic Buildings of Nova Scotia.
Nimbus Publishing.



1994: Peter Brock, Variations on a Planet.
Pottersfield Press.



1993: Sally Ross and Alphonse Deveau, The Acadians of Nova Scotia: Past and Present.
Nimbus Publishing.



1992: Robert Pope, Illness and Healing: Images of Cancer.
Lancelot Press.



1991: Harry Thurston, Tidal Life: a Natural History of the Bay of Fundy.
Camden House.



1990: Judith Fingard, The Dark Side of Life in Victorian Halifax.
Pottersfield Press.



1989: Dean Jobb, Shades of Justice: Seven Nova Scotia Murder Cases.
Nimbus Publishing.



1988: Harold Horwood, Dancing on the Shore: A Celebration of Life at Annapolis Basin.
McClelland and Stewart.



1987: Tony Foster, Meeting of Generals.
Methuen.



1986: P. B. Waite, The Man from Halifax: Sir John Thompson, Prime Minister.
University of Toronto Press.



1985: Lilias M. Toward, Mabel Bell: Alexander's Silent Partner.
Methuen.



1984: Brian C. Cuthbertson, The Loyalist Governor: A Biography of Sir John Wentworth.
Petheric.



1983: J. Murray Beck, Joseph Howe: Volume 1, Conservative Reformer, 1804-1848.
 McGill-Queen's University Press


1982: Bruce Armstrong, Sable Island.
Doubleday Canada.



1981: Kay Hill, Joe Howe: The Man Who Was Nova Scotia.
McClelland and Stewart.



1980: Joan and L.J. Payzant, Like a Weaver's Shuttle: A History of the Halifax-Dartmouth Ferries.
Nimbus Publishing.



1979: Alden Nowlan, Double Exposure.
Brunswick.



1978: Harry Bruce, Lifeline: The Story of the Atlantic Ferries and Coastal Boats.
MacMillan.