2021 Atlantic Book Awards Winners

The 2021 Atlantic Book Awards were held virtually on May 13, 2021. Four authors were awarded Dartmouth Book Awards. Check out this year's winners!

The winners of the fourteen Atlantic Book Awards are:
 
Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction 

Julie Curwin for The Appendage Formerly Known as Your Left Arm (Boularderie Island Press)
 
Ann Connor Brimer Award for Atlantic Canadian Children’s Literature

Tom Ryan for Keep This to Yourself  (Albert Whitman & Company)
 
Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing, sponsored by Marquis Book Printing

Andrea Procter for A Long Journey: Residential Schools in Labrador and Newfoundland (ISER Books)
 
Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association’s Best Atlantic-Published Book Award, Sponsored by Friesens Corporation

Breakwater Books for Dirty Birds by Morgan Murray
 
Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing

Tyler LeBlanc for Acadian Driftwood: One Family and the Great Expulsion (Goose Lane Editions)
 
Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award

Tyler LeBlanc for Acadian Driftwood: One Family and the Great Expulsion (Goose Lane Editions)
 
Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction), presented by Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission and Cluett Insurance

Lesley Crewe for The Spoon Stealer (Nimbus Publishing)
 
J.M. Abraham Poetry Award

Afua Cooper for Black Matters, with photography by Wilfried Raussert (Roseway Publishing)
 
Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration

Sydney Smith for I Talk Like a River, written by Jordan Scott (Neal Porter Books)
 
Margaret and John Savage First Book Award (Fiction), sponsored by the family of John and Margaret Savage and Royden Trainor

Alison Taylor for Aftershock (HarperCollins)
 
Margaret and John Savage First Book Award (Non-Fiction), sponsored by Weed Man Maritimes, Heritage House Law Office and I Love Renovations

Garry Leeson for The Dome Chronicles (Nevermore Press)
 
Maxine Tynes Nova Scotia Poetry Award

Tammy Armstrong for Year of the Metal Rabbit (Gaspereau Press)
 
Robbie Robertson Dartmouth Book Award (Non-Fiction), presented by the Kiwanis Club of Dartmouth

Silver Donald Cameron (posthumously) for Blood on the Water: A True Story of Revenge in the Maritimes (Viking Canada)
 
Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award

Anne Simpson for Speechless (Freehand Books)

About the Awards:
 
Ann Connor Brimer Award for Atlantic Canadian Children’s Literature

The impetus for this $2,000 award came from the late Ann Connor Brimer who was a strong advocate of Canadian children’s literature and saw the need to recognize and encourage children’s writers in Atlantic Canada. It’s presented annually to an Atlantic Canadian writer deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to literature for young people. This year’s jury members were Don Aker, Ray Fernandes and Jacqueline Halsey.
 
Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction

Established in 2015, the prize was created in honor of Alistair MacLeod (1936-2014), Atlantic literary icon and master of the short story.  The prize of $1,000 both recognizes the importance of this genre and hopefully encourages the creation of more work in this area. This year’s jury were Jane Ledwell, Amanda Peters and Darcy Rhyno.
 
APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book Award
sponsored by Friesens Corporation
The Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association’s award for Best Atlantic-Published Book recognizes publishing companies and their hardworking professionals who bring out new books each season. Each year, the Atlantic Canadian publisher of the printed book that best exemplifies publishing activity in Atlantic Canada receives the award. The APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book Award is generously sponsored by Friesens Corporation.  The prize of $4,000 is shared between the winning publishing firm ($3,000) and the book’s author ($1,000). 
 
Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing, sponsored by Marquis Book Printing

Presented for the first time in 2013 by the Atlantic Book Awards Society, this award recognizes literary achievement in the social sciences and humanities. The $1,000 prize is awarded each year to the author(s) of a published book determined to have had (or likely to have) a significant literary, social and academic impact leading to a deeper understanding of society.
 
The Robbie Robertson Dartmouth Book Award (Non-Fiction), presented by the Kiwanis Club of Dartmouth

The Dartmouth Book Awards were established in 1989 by then mayor of Dartmouth, Dr. John Savage. The annual awards for fiction and non-fiction, valued at $2,500 each, honour the best books by Canadian authors published the previous year in celebration of Nova Scotia and its people. This year’s jury members were Elisabeth Bailey, Dian Day and Sarah Ziolkowska.
 
Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing

The Atlantic Book Awards Society created the Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing and received an endowment from the Democracy 250 committee to fund the $2,000 annual prize for an outstanding work of non-fiction that promotes awareness of, and appreciation for, an aspect of the history of the Atlantic provinces. This year’s jury members were Danielle Metcafe-Chenail, Kirby Ross and Pam Wile.
 
The Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award 
was first presented in 1978. It is 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 Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award honors the best non-fiction titles by Nova Scotian writers and is facilitated by the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. The award is $2,000. This year’s jury members were Joan Baxter, Paul Mariner and Kaleigh Trace.
 
The J.M. Abraham Poetry Award
 was created by the writing community in the late 1990s. The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, with the assistance of several poets, publishers, and post-secondary institutions, raised funds for an annual award program designed to honour the best book of poetry by an Atlantic Canadian. The award was first presented in 1998. In 2014, the award was named for the legacy of Father Joseph Murray Abraham.  It is valued at $2,000. This year’s jury members were Asha Jeffers, Virginia Konchan and Shannon Webb-Campbell.
 
Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction), presented by Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission and Cluett Insurance 

Dartmouth lawyer and activist Jim Connors was a volunteer juror of the fiction entries to the Dartmouth Book Awards from the outset of the annual competitions in 1989 until his death in 2008.  The award is valued at $2,500. This year’s jury members were Nancy Bowes, Kathy Chapman and Rosalie Osmond.
 
Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration

Lillian Shepherd was a long-time buyer for the sadly defunct independent bookstore, The Book Room in Halifax. After her sudden death in 1997, this award was established by her many friends in 2002 to applaud the book that combines Lillian’s love for illustrated children’s books and her affinity for locally produced work.  The $1000 award that bears her name is sponsored by the Atlantic Independent Booksellers’ Association and the Atlantic Provinces Publishers’ Representatives. This year’s jury were Karen Dahl, Lisa Doucet and Carolyn Gillis.
 
Margaret and John Savage First Book Awards, sponsored by the family of John and Margaret Savage and Royden Trainor (Fiction) and Weed Man Maritimes, Heritage House Law Office and I Love Renovations (Non-Fiction)

The Margaret and John Savage First Book Award was presented for the first time in 2003 with a value of $1,500 to recognize the best first book published in the previous year by an Atlantic Canadian writer. There are now two awards, valued at $2,500 each (fiction and non-fiction) and supported by many Dartmouth contributors. This year’s fiction jury was Naomi MacKinnon, Corey Redekop and Jessica Scott-Kerrin. The non-fiction jury was Larry Bent, Michelle Porter, and Lana Shupe.
 
The Maxine Tynes Nova Scotia Poetry Award.  
The Nova Scotia Poetry Award was established in 2020 through the efforts of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia and poets from across the province, who raised funds to biennially honour the best book of poetry by a Nova Scotia writer. In 2021, the $1,000 prize was named for beloved African Nova Scotia poet and teacher Maxine Tynes (1949-2011). The jury members for the inaugural award were Genevieve Lehr, Anna Quon and Sue Sinclair.
 
The Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award 
was first presented in 1991. Established with an endowment by Thomas Head Raddall himself, and with ongoing support from the Raddall family, this award honours the work of fiction writers in the Atlantic region and, as the original benefactor envisioned, provides “the gift of time and peace of mind” so essential to the creation of new work. The Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award is facilitated by the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia and at $25,000 is one of Canada’s largest literary awards ($25,000). This year’s jury members were Nicola Davison, Linda Little and Gloria Ann Wesley.

Congratulations to all of this year's winners!