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2021 Atlantic Book Awards Shortlist

Representing the best in Atlantic writing, illustration and publishing, the Atlantic Book Awards Society is pleased to announce the shortlists for the fourteen different book prizes that make up the 2021 Atlantic Book Awards. The nominated titles represent a wide range of books from Atlantic Canada—everything from hard-hitting non-fiction to illustrated children’s books to adult fiction, and a new poetry award created in 2020 by the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia in honour of the late celebrated African-Nova Scotian poet and teacher, Maxine Tynes. Missing from our list is KEEP THIS TO YOURSELF, by Tom Ryan; HUMANIMUS by David Huebert; I TALK LIKE A RIVER, by Sydney Smith; CAPTURING CRIME, by Carol Taylor;

by Kerry Clare · Tagged 2021, atlantic book awards

Boy With a Problem

by (author) Chris Benjamin

Winter Road

by (author) Wayne Curtis

The Appendage Formerly Known as Your Left Arm

and other stories

by (author) Julie Curwin


by (author) Andre Fenton

The Grey Sisters

by (author) Jo Treggiari

At the Ocean's Edge

A History of Nova Scotia to Confederation

by (author) Margaret Conrad

The Miramichi Fire

A History

by (author) Alan MacEachern

A Long Journey

Residential Schools in Labrador and Newfoundland

by (author) Andrea Procter

The Forager's Dinner

Finding, harvesting, and preparing Newfoundland & Labrador's edible plants

by (author) Shawn Dawson

Dirty Birds

by (author) Morgan Murray

Black Matters

by (author) Afua Cooper
by (photographer) Wilfried Raussert

Silver Hair and Golden Voice

Austin Willis, from Halifax to Hollywood

by (author) Ernest J. Dick

Acadian Driftwood

One Family and the Great Expulsion

by (author) Tyler LeBlanc

Cod Collapse

The Rise and Fall of Newfoundland's Saltwater Cowboys

by (author) Jennifer Thornhill-Verma

Blood in the Water

A True Story of Revenge in the Maritimes

by (author) Silver Donald Cameron

Before the Parade

A History of Halifax's Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Communities, 1972-1984

by (author) Rebecca Rose

Good Mothers Don't

by (author) Laura Best

The Spoon Stealer

by (author) Lesley Crewe

The Silence of the Vessel

A Novel

by (author) Brenda MacLennan-Dunphy

Waking Ground

by (author) shalan joudry

The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt

by (author) Riel Nason
illustrated by Byron Eggenschwiler

When Emily Was Small

by (author) Lauren Soloy


A Novel

by (author) Alison Taylor

The Dome Chronicles

by (author) Garry Leeson

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