Dartmouth Book Awards

DARTMOUTH BOOK AWARDS

Dartmouth Book Award
(Fiction)

The Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction) is awarded annually for an outstanding fiction book by a Nova Scotia author published in the preceding year. Fiction titles and nonfiction titles were considered for the original Dartmouth Book Award given in 1989, and this fiction-only prize was first awarded in 1990.

Past Winners

2024

Winner

Amanda Peters
The Berry Pickers
(HarperCollins)

Finalist

Charlene Carr
Hold My Girl
(HarperCollins)

Finalist

Leo McKay Jr.
What Comes Echoing Back
(Vagrant Press)

2023

Winner

Alexander MacLeod
Animal Person
(McClelland & Stewart)

Finalist

Bobbi French
The Good Women of Safe Harbour
(HarperCollins)

Finalist

Jo Treggiari
Heartbreak Homes
(Nimbus Publishing)

2022

Winner

Sharon Robart-Johnson
Jude and Diana
(Fernwood Publishing)

Finalist

Hannah Moscovitch
Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes
(Playwrights Canada Press)

Finalist

Colin Sweets Arsenault
Short Mercy
(Pottersfield Press)

2021

Winner

Lesley Crewe
The Spoon Stealer
(Nimbus Publishing)

Finalist

Laura Best
Good Mothers Don’t
(Nimbus Publishing)

Finalist

Brenda MacLennan-Dunphy
The Silence of the Vessel
(Pottersfield Press)

2020

Winner

Marina Endicott
The Difference
(Knopf Canada)

Finalist

Rosalie Osmond
Broken Symmetry
(Nevermore Press)

Finalist

Amy Spurway
Crow
(Goose Lane Editions)

2019

Winner

Carol Bruneau
A Circle on the Surface
(Nimbus Publishing)

Finalist

Lesley Crewe
Beholden
(Nimbus Publishing)

Finalist

Nicola Davison
In the Wake
(Nimbus Publishing)

2018

Winner

David Huebert
Peninsula Sinking
(Nimbus Publishing)

Finalist

Carol Bruneau
A Bird on Every Tree
(Nimbus Publishing)

Finalist

Lesley Choyce
The Unlikely Redemption of John Alexander MacNeil
(Fernwood Publishing)

2017

Winner

Darren Greer
Advocate
(Cormorant Books)

Finalist

Phonse Jessome
Disposable Souls
(Nimbus Publishing)

Finalist

Heather Tucker
The Clay Girl
(ECW Press)

2016

Winner

Sarah Mian
When The Saints
(HarperCollins)

Finalist

Lesley Crewe
Amazing Grace
(Nimbus Publishing)

Finalist

David Hood
What Kills Good Men
(Nimbus Publishing)

2015

Winner

Linden MacIntyre
Punishment
(Random House Canada)

Finalist

Darren Greer
Just Beneath My Skin
(Cormorant Books)

Finalist

Linda Little
Grist
(Fernwood Publishing)

2014

Winner

Stephanie Domet
Fallsy Downsies
(Invisible Publishing)

Finalist

Anne Emery
Blood on a Saint
(ECW Press)

Finalist

Rosalie Osmond
Waldenstein
(Seraphim Editions)

2013

Winner

D. R. MacDonald
Anna from Away
(HarperCollins)

Finalist

Denise Cormier
The Rest is Silence
(Goose Lane Editions)

Finalist

Donna Morrissey
The Deception of Livvy Higgs
(Viking Canada)

2012

Winner

Mary Rose Donnelly
Great Village
(Cormorant Books)

Finalist

Bruce Graham
Diligent River Daughter
(Pottersfield Press)

Finalist

Frank Macdonald
A Possible Madness
(Cape Breton University Press)

2011

Winner

Anne Emery
Children in the Morning
(ECW Press)

Finalist

Lesley Choyce
Raising Orion
(Thistledown Press)

Finalist

Sheldon Currie
Two More Solitudes
(Key Porter Books)

2010

Winner

Linden MacIntyre
The Bishop’s Man
(Random House Canada)

Finalist

George Elliott Clarke
I & I
(Goose Lane Editions)

Finalist

Anna Quon
Migration Songs
(Invisible Publishing)

2009

Winner

Anne Simpson
Falling
(Emblem Editions)

2008

Winner

Beatrice MacNeil
Where White Horses Gallop
(Breakwater Books)

2007

Winner

Linda Little
Scotch River
(Penguin Books Canada)

2006

Winner

George Elliott Clarke
George & Rue
(Harper Perennial)

2005

Winner

Jonathan Campbell
Tarcadia
(Gaspereau Press)

2004

Winner

Leo McKay, Jr.
Twenty-Six
(Emblem Editions)

2003

Winner

Beatrice MacNeil
Butterflies Dance in the Dark
(Key Porter Books)

2002

Winner

David Doucette
Strong at the Broken Places
(Nimbus Publishing)

2001

Winner

Carol Bruneau
Purple for Sky
(Cormorant Books)

2000

Winner

Alistair MacLeod
No Great Mischief
(McClelland & Stewart)

1999

Winner

Lynn Coady
Strange Heaven
(Goose Lane Editions)

1998

Winner

Betty Boudreau Vaughan
I'll Buy You an Ox
(Nimbus Publishing)

1997

Winner

Ann-Marie MacDonald
Fall on Your Knees
(Vintage Canada)

1996

Winner

Leo McKay, Jr.
Like This
(House of Anansi)

1995

Winner

Lesley Choyce
The Republic of Nothing
(Goose Lane Editions)

1994

Winner

Beatrice MacNeil
The Moonlight Skater
(Breton Books)

1993

Winner

Robert MacNeil
Burden of Desire
(Doubleday)

1992

Co-Winners

Kim Atwood
Two of Me
(Fernwood Publishing)

Donna Smyth
Loyalist Runway
(Formac Publishing)

1991

Winner

Budge Wilson
The Leaving
(Fitzhenry & Whiteside)

1990

Winner

Lesley Choyce
The Second Season of Jonas MacPherson
(Thistledown Press)

1989

Winner
of the Dartmouth Book Award

Harry Bruce
Down Home
(Key Porter Books)

Both fiction and nonfiction titles were eligible for the original Dartmouth Book Award.

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