NB authors and illustrators make a splash on Atlantic Book Awards shortlist


The Atlantic Book Awards and Festival has released its shortlist of awards for 2022 and New Brunswick authors, illustrators and publishers have put in an impressive showing.

Of the 28 nominated authors and three illustrators, eight are from New Brunswick and are up for six of the 12 awards, including one nominated for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award.

Worth $30,000, the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award is one of the richest prizes in Canadian literature.

Fredericton publisher Goose Lane Editions tops the list of nominations, with nine nominations in total.

The 36 books shortlisted for 12 awards to be presented during the festival, announced last week during the Atlantic Spotlight at the Frye Festival in Moncton, represent a wide range of Atlantic Canadian books, including fiction, non- fiction, poetry and children’s books.

The New Brunswick nominees are:

  • Amber McMillan, The running trees, Goose Lane Editions. The Fredericton author is nominated for the Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction.
  • Triny Finlay, Myself a paper clip, Goose Lane Publishing. The Fredericton author is nominated for the JM Abraham Atlantic Poetry Prize.
  • Rebecca Salazar, sulfur tongue, Penguin Random House. The Fredericton author is nominated for the JM Abraham Atlantic Poetry Prize.
  • Jodie Callaghan, The train, Second Story Press. The Mi’gmaw author and storyteller is from Listuguj First Nation and is nominated for the Ann Connor Brimer Prize for Children’s Literature.
  • Rejean Roy, The Canadian Northern Giant, Acadian Buttercup. The illustrator from Saint-Laurent du Nord is nominated for the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration.
  • David Hubert, chemical valley, Bibliography. The University of New Brunswick professor is nominated for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize.
  • Ardath Whynacht, Insurgent love: abolition and domestic homicide, Editions Fernwood. The Mount Allison professor is nominated for the Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing.
  • Gabriel Hrynick, co-author, The Archeology of the North-East Atlantic, University of Toronto Press. The University of New Brunswick associate professor is nominated for the Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing.

Winners will be announced June 9 at the Atlantic Book Awards Festival in Halifax. The awards ceremony will also be broadcast live.

The full list of 2022 nominees is available on the awards website at atlanticbookawards.ca