Book ’em

Tara Thorne hits us with lists of finalists.

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This is a week full of winners and short-listers and otherwise awesome artists. First up, here be the winners of the Atlantic Book Awards, handed out at Pier 21 on May 11:

Atlantic Fiction and Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction: Linda Little, Scotch River

Atlantic Poetry: Steve McOrmond, Primer on the Hereafter

Atlantic Published Book: Goose Lane Editions and editor Bernard Riordon, Bruno Bobak: The Full Palette

Booksellers' Choice: Ami McKay, The Birth House

Children's Literature: Budge Wilson, Friendships

Dartmouth Book Award for Non-Fiction: Keith McLaren, A Race for Real Sailors

First Book Award: John G. Langley, Steam Lion: A Biography of Samuel Cunard

Illustration: Brenda Jones, Skunks for Breakfast, by Lesley Choyce

Non-Fiction: Linden MacIntyre, Causeway: A Passage from Innocence

Mayor Kelly was on hand to award the Mayor's Awards, one to Sandra McIntyre of Nimbus for Cultural Achievement in Literature, and the other to Jeffrey Domm, for Excellence in Book Illustration, for his work on Formac's Pocketguide to Fossils.

Art, art

In other winning news this week, the semi-finalists for the annual Sobey Art Award have been announced. The $50,000 award was created in 2002 and was established as an annual prize last year. Five artists from four regions of Canada have been selected as semi-finalists for the award, which will be cut to a final panel of five this month.

The Atlantic finalists are: Jean-Denis Boudreau, Alexandra Flood, Vanessa Paschakarnis, Mathew Reichertz (who was on the 2006 shortlist) and Mitchell Wiebe.

The winner will be awarded via dollar-sign sack in October, but check back here before that for news of the local rep.

Between the outlines

The Atlantic Film Festival has announced its annual call for entries in its Inspired Script program for this year's fest. The 2006 AFF marked the first time Telefilm offered to pony up some cash to help the winning writer get a step closer to production, splitting its $30,000 development prize between Eva Madden's Sweet Nothing and David Middleton's Dark Days. The program's rules have changed from previous years, in which Atlantic screenwriters were invited to submit first-draft features to be workshopped with story editor Allan Magee throughout the summer.

For this edition of Inspired, writers are being asked to submit a feature film outline—either five pages including two dramatic scenes, or 10-12 pages of pure outline. Six writers will be chosen for two weekends of workshops with Magee, to work the outlines into treatments, which will then be pitched to producers during the 2007 AFF, which runs September 13 to 22. The finalist will be eligible to receive $20K in funding from Telefilm, and their resulting script will receive a staged reading during the 2008 fest.

"In an effort to encourage a whole new round of scripts from our talented Atlantic writing pool, we have taken it back to the very first step of script-writing with a call for script outlines this year," says fest director Lia Rinaldo. "Our hope is that all levels of writers will find appeal with this new approach and allow us the opportunity to help develop their ideas from laptop to red carpet."

Applications and a $25 fee are due June 8 and can be downloaded at www.atlanticfilm.com

The sound of tribute

One of our favourite resourceful local theatre troupes, Exodus, has been quiet for a few years, but signs are pointing to a resurgence. On May 18 at the Speakeasy (5640 Spring Garden), the company presents a fundraiser, in the form of a tribute to Simon and Garfunkel called Garfunkeled, Art and Paul: The Show they Never Gave. Marty Burt and Collin Appleton will stand in for the legendarily feuding folkies, playing 20 songs from the duo's catalogue. Fifteen bucks will get you in, or $12 with a reservation (call 444-5454). The show starts at 7:30pm.

Do they call you Baby Driver? Email: tarat@thecoast.ca

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