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2022 Atlantic Book Awards Nominees

The 36 books shortlisted for awards to be presented during the 2022 Atlantic Book Awards and Festival were revealed today during the Atlantic Spotlight at the Frye Festival in Moncton, NB. The nominated titles represent a wide range of books from Atlantic Canada, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and children’s books. The books shortlisted for 12 different prizes comprise 28 authors and three illustrators across 16 publishers, representing the best in Atlantic Canadian writing and publishing. This year features the inaugural Nova Scotia Book Awards gala, celebrating those prizes open only to Nova Scotian authors. These provincial awards were previously awarded as part of the regional Atlantic Book Awards. The Atlantic Book Awards Festival, a hybrid of in-person and virtual events featuring shortlisted authors and illustrators, runs June 2–9. A highlight this year is the Nova Scotia Book Awards ceremony, which will take place at Halifax City Hall on Monday, June 6. The Atlantic Book Awards Gala takes place on Thursday, June 9, at Paul O’Regan Hall in Halifax Central Library. The awards ceremony will also be live streamed so book lovers across the region and beyond can join in the celebration.

by Kerry Clare


Changing the Face of Canadian Politics

by (author) Stephen Kimber

Dying for Attention

A Graphic Memoir of Nursing Home Care

illustrated by Susan MacLeod


A memoir of a Newfoundland childhood and the raucous, terrible, amazing journey to becoming a novelist

by (author) Donna Morrissey

My Daughter Rehtaeh Parsons

by (author) Glen Canning
with Susan McClelland

A Matter of Equality

The Life's Work of Senator Don Oliver

by (author) Donald Oliver

Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes

by (author) Hannah Moscovitch

Jude and Diana

by (author) Sharon Robart-Johnson
read by Shelley Hamilton

Short Mercy

A Novel

by (author) Colin Sweets Arsenault

The Last Time I Saw Her

by (author) Alexandra Harrington

Beneath Her Skin

A Kes Morris File

by (author) C.S. Porter

A Womb in the Shape of a Heart

My Story of Miscarriage and Motherhood

by (author) Joanne Gallant

Chemical Valley

by (author) David Huebert

The Running Trees


by (author) Amber McMillan

The Love Olympics

by (author) Claire Wilkshire

The Train

by (author) Jodie Callaghan
illustrated by Georgia Lesley

Swift Fox All Along

by (author) Rebecca Thomas
illustrated by Maya McKibbin
narrator Lisa Nasson

My Indian

by (author) Mi'sel Joe & Sheila O'Neill

Future Possible

An Art History of Newfoundland and Labrador

edited by Mireille Eagan

The Archaeology of the Atlantic Northeast

by (author) Matthew Betts & Gabriel Hrynick

Insurgent Love

Abolition and Domestic Homicide

by (author) Ardath Whynacht

Poisonous If Eaten Raw

by (author) Alyda Faber

Myself A Paperclip

by (author) Triny Finlay


by (author) Rebecca Salazar

Gemma and the Giant Girl

by (author) Sara O'Leary
illustrated by Marie Lafrance

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