This year’s Atlantic Book Awards short list is a heavyweight mix of established CanLit veterans and the next class of rising stars. There are eight awards, including the Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction, the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature, the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration, and the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award.

Nova Scotia continues its strong showing at the awards with nine authors on the short list, including Lesley Choyce’s Into the Wasteland, Erin Wunker’s Notes from a Feminist Killjoy: Essays on Everyday Life, Jill Martin Bouteillier’s Sable Island in Black and White, and Phonse Jessome’s Disposable Souls.

“We’re such big readers and we’re such big lovers of our own books here, and we tend to do it all in the privacy of our home,” says Atlantic Book Awards spokesperson Peggy Walt.. “This is a great opportunity to gather together and to celebrate. We really punch above our own weight. I know that’s a bit of a cliché but it’s true.”

The awards ceremony is on May 18 at Halifax Central Library.



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