Last night, as a wrap up to the Atlantic Book Festival, the winners of the 2015 Atlantic Book Awards were announced. Hosted by CBC's Stephanie Domet (also a pretty snazzy writer), the sold-out event highlighted Atlantic Canadian literary talent in a range of fields. The real winners are the readers, right?
The 2015 winners:
The Atlantic Books Pioneer Award was given to Paul Robinson. Robinson has a 35-year history in publishing and helped create the Dartmouth Book Awards.
The Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature was given to The End of the Line, by Sharon E. McKay, published by Annick Press Ltd.
The Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association’s Best Atlantic-Published Book Award was awarded to Creative Book Publishing for Island Kitchen: An Ode to Newfoundland by Chef Mark McCrowe with Sasha Okshevsky
The Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing was given to The Tumultuous and Troubled History of a Great Canadian Idea by Richard Starr, published by Formac Publishing Company Ltd.
The Robbie Robertson Dartmouth Book Award (Non-Fiction) was awarded to Fire in the Belly: How Purdy Crawford rescued Canada, and changed the way we do business by Gordon Pitts, published by Nimbus Publishing
The Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing went to Perished: The 1914 Newfoundland Sealing Disaster, by Jenny Higgins, published by Boulder Publications
The Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction) was given to Punishment, by Linden MacIntyre, published by Random House Canada
The Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration went to Sydney Smith for Music is for Everyone, written by Jill Barber, published by Nimbus Publishing
The Margaret and John Savage First Book Award was awarded to Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome: stories by Megan Gail Coles, published by Creative Book Publishing