Nova Scotia & Atlantic Book Awards 2022 shortlists

Shortlists for the 2022 Nova Scotia Book Awards and Atlantic Book Awards have been announced! Congratulations to all of the shortlisted authors — and, in particular, to the 12 authors shortlisted for WFNS’s four book award categories. The four shortlists below boast a number of acclaimed WFNS members. Click on a book cover for more details and to order directly from the publisher.

The shortlists were announced on April 22, but there’s still a lot to look forward to—including the new Nova Scotia Book Awards Gala (June 6), to be held at Halifax City Hall.

This year’s Atlantic Book Awards Festival (June 2 – 9) will feature a combination of in-person and virtual events and culminate in the Atlantic Book Awards Gala (June 9), held at Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library, and live-streamed online. Also presented at the gala will be the Atlantic Legacy Award, honouring an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to the advancement and encouragement of the literary arts in Atlantic Canada.

For the full list of award shortlists and festival details, visit the Atlantic Book Awards Society.

J. M. Abraham Atlantic Poetry Award

Poisonous If Eaten Raw by Alyda Faber (Goose Lane Editions)

Myself a Paperclip by Triny Finlay (Goose Lane Editions)

Sulphurtongue by Rebecca Salazar (Penguin Random House)

Ann Connor Brimer Award for Atlantic Canadian Children's Literature

The Train by Jodie Callaghan (Second Story Press)

Thanks a Lot, Universe by Chad Lucas (Amulet Books)

Swift Fox All Along by Rebecca Thomas (Annick Press)

Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award

Constant Nobody by Michelle Butler Hallett (Goose Lane Editions)

Chemical Valley by David Huebert (Biblioasis)
     — also shortlisted for the Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction

Jude and Diana by Sharon Robart-Johnson (Fernwood Publishing)
     — also shortlisted for the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction)

Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award (Nova Scotia)

Alexa!: Changing the Face of Canadian Politics by Stephen Kimber (Goose Lane Editions)
     — also shortlisted for the George Borden Writing for Change Award and the APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book Award

Dying for Attention: A Graphic Memoir of Nursing Home Care by Susan MacLeod (Conundrum Press)
     — also shortlisted for the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award (Non-Fiction)

Pluck: A Memoir of a Newfoundland Childhood and the Raucous, Terrible, Amazing Journey to Becoming a Novelist by Donna Morrissey (Penguin Random House Canada)

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