ANN CONNOR BRIMER AWARD FOR CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
Live to Tell by Lisa Harrington
Lisa Harrington’s work has appeared in A Maritime Christmas; her first novel, Rattled, was published to critical acclaim in 2010. She holds a degree in English Literature from the University of Acadia, and a degree in Education from Mount Saint Vincent University. She has worked as a waitress, childcare worker and a teacher. A lifelong resident of Nova Scotia, Harrington currently resides in Halifax with her husband and two children.
In Live to Tell Libby wakes up in the hospital, and is told she was in a car accident; that it was her fault, and an innocent victim is clinging to life… but Libby remembers nothing. With the help of her best friend Kasey, Libby begins to piece together the events, realizing what she’s been told about that night may not be what happened at all.
Kamakwie: Finding Peace, Love, and Injustice in Sierra Leone by Kathleen Martin
Kathleen Martin is the author of eight books. Her background in writing and editing is varied, ranging from children’s literature to peer-reviewed scientific publications. She was the Atlantic representative for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Her work as journalist earned her a Canadian Business Press Kenneth R. Wilson silver award for outstanding achievement. She is a past president of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. Kathleen balances writing with her role as executive director of the Canadian Sea Turtle Network. She won the Canadian Environment Award for Conservation for her work to conserve endangered sea turtles worldwide.
Kathleen Martin spent several weeks in the tiny village of Kamakwie, where she spoke to the people about their lives, aspirations, and memories of war. The experience was a revelation, which she has chronicled in this inspiring portrait of a people willing to forgive so they can look to the future with regained hope and dignity.
Enemy Territory by Sharon E. McKay
Young adult author, Canadian War Artist and writer of her first graphic novel with artist Dan Lafrance, Sharon E. McKay tackles difficult subjects with humor and deep understanding of the issues faced by children, teachers and parents. Sharon spent her teenage summers in Belfast, Northern Ireland. ‘The Troubles’ gave her an understanding of what it was to live in a place of conflict. Enemy Territory was written in the West Bank and Jerusalem. War Brothers was conceived in northern Uganda and Thunder Over Kandahar in Afghanistan. Sharon returns to Afghanistan under the war artist program (officially called CFAP) in April.
In Enemy Territory, two boys trained to hate, discover friendship instead. Sam, an Israeli teen whose leg may have to be amputated, and Yusuf, a Palestinian teen who has lost his left eye, find themselves uneasy roommates in a Jerusalem hospital. One night, the boys decide to slip away while the nurses aren’t looking and go on an adventure to the Old City.
The escapade turns dangerous when they realize they’re hopelessly lost. As they navigate the dark city—one of them limping and the other half-blind—their suspicions of each other are diverted. They band together to find their way home, defending themselves against unfriendly locals, arrest by the military police, and an encounter with a deadly desert snake. The boys’ attempts to understand each other and the politics that divide them mirror the longstanding conflict in the Middle East. This powerful story, touched with humor, demonstrates how individual friendships and experiences can triumph over enormous cultural and political differences and lead to understanding and compassion.
APMA BEST ATLANTIC-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARD
Grandma Says By Cindy Day
Cindy Day is CTV Atlantic’s Senior Meteorologist. Although she is best known for her comprehensive on-camera forecasts, Cindy has been working on and off camera for close to twenty five years. Her career began with Environment Canada, briefing pilots at the MacDonald Cartier Airport in Ottawa. She stepped into media with a job at CFRA radio in Ottawa, hosting a program called Ottawa AM. She was the first full-time meteorologist on private radio in Canada. She eventually created her own business – “Weather by Day” – providing seasonal forecasts, climate data and radio reports for Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. Originally from Bainsville, Ontario, Cindy grew up in a bilingual household and is fluent in both English and French. She moved to the East Coast almost 15 years ago and now calls the Maritimes home. Grandma Says is her first book. Cindy is an admitted chocoholic and is, without question, the Montreal Canadiens’ biggest fan. Cindy lives in Dartmouth with her Beagle “Bix”. In addition to skiing and cooking in the winter and golfing and gardening in the summer, Cindy loves to collect umbrellas for those rainy Maritime days.
Grandma Says is a collection of 80 weather-related sayings that Cindy recalls from her grandmother. Cindy explains the science behind this traditional weather lore, and over 40 accent illustrations complement the text.
Riptides: New Island Fiction edited by Richard Lemm
Richard Lemm has published five poetry collections, including Burning House (2010). A previous book, Prelude to the Bacchanal, won the Canadian Authors Association Award for Best Poetry Book. His fiction collection, Shape of Things to Come, won a PEI Book Award. His biography of Canada’s “People’s Poet,” Milton Acorn: In Love and Anger, received a PEI Heritage Award. He teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Prince Edward Island, is completing a new poetry ms., and working on an essay collection about his American ancestors and upbringing, and unforeseen transformation into an Atlantic Canadian.
In Riptides: New Island Fiction, twenty-three stories take the reader from a ritual gathering of PEI widows to Chernobyl in the nuclear disasters aftermath, from a menacing marital game of hide-and-seek through the Maritime landscape to gender clashes on an outback sheep ranch, from a religious commune in Alberta to the Enlightenment Tour bus into Quebec. Whether the characters are struggling for dear life in breaking surf, gasping for emotional air at a ladies’ candle party or fearing the Tall Tailor’s scissors, the authors demonstrate a rich variety of fictional talent and imagination emerging from what Island poet Milton Acorn called the “red tongue…In the ranged jaws of the Gulf,” and revising our perception of “the land of Anne.”
The Metamorphosis: The Apprenticeship of Harry Houdini by Bruce MacNab
Raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Bruce MacNab attended the Nova Scotia Institute of Technology and taught in the Apprenticeship program at the Nova Scotia Community College. His articles have appeared in publications such as The Beaver and The Chronicle Herald, and he has been a regular contributor to The Griffin, published by the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia. Bruce now lives in rural Nova Scotia where he serves on Nova Scotia’s Advisory Council on Heritage Properties.
In The Metamorphosis, set in 1896, a young magician from New York joined the travelling Marco Magic Company and embarked on a summer-long tour of eastern Canada. It was during this excursion that “Handcuff Harry” (AKA Harry Houdini) first showcased the talent that transformed him from a small time conjurer into the world’s most celebrated escape artist.
ATLANTIC BOOK AWARD FOR SCHOLARLY WRITING SPONSORED BY MARQUIS IMPRIMEUR
The Ocean Ranger: Remaking the Promise of Oil by Susan Dodd
Susan Dodd is an Assistant Professor of Humanities in The Foundation Year Programme at the University of King’s College in Halifax. She holds her BA Hon (Classics, Philosophy and Political Science) from King’s, and her MA (Political Science) and PhD (Sociology) from York University. She is currently co-editing (with Prof Neil Robertson) Unity of Opposites: Hegel and Canadian Political Thought for the University of Toronto Press. Dr. Dodd is a founding board member and avid supporter of The Halifax Humanities 101, a core text course offering free liberal arts education in downtown Halifax.
On February 15, 1982, the oil rig Ocean Ranger sank off the coast of Newfoundland taking the entire crew of eighty-four men down with it. Susan Dodd maps the socio-political processes of its aftermath, when power, money and collective hopes for the future revised the story of corporate indifference and betrayal of public trust into a “lesson learned” by an heroic industry advancing technology in the face of a brutal environment.
A History of Newfoundland in the North Atlantic to 1818 by Shannon Ryan
Shannon Ryan was born in Riverhead, Newfoundland, in 1941 where he received his early schooling. He received a BA (Education) and a BA and MA (History) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He received his PhD from the University of London in 1982. Shannon is a past president of the NFLD Historic Society, The author of Fish out of Water and The Ice Hunters. Presently, he is the Honorary Research Professor at MUN.
A History of Newfoundland in the North Atlantic from 1818 is an introduction to early Newfoundland history. The economy and social, military, and political issues are dealt with in a straightforward narrative that will appeal to general readers as well as students of Newfoundland and Labrador history.
The Language of This Land, Mi’kma’ki by Trudy Sable and Bernie Francis
Bernie Francis was born and raised at the First Nations’ community of Maupeltu in Cape Breton. In 1970 he became the director of the first Court Worker Program in Nova Scotia which ensured that the Mi’kmaw People were represented by a lawyer as well as a translator whenever they had to appear before the courts. In 1974 he began his training in linguistics under the tutelage of Professor Doug Smith. In the midst of his training both he and Professor Smith devised an orthography for the Mi’kmaw language which adequately represented the sound system. The chiefs of Nova Scotia have since accepted the new orthography as the official Mi’kmaw writing system for Nova Scotia.
Dr. Trudy Sable is the Director of the Office Aboriginal and Northern Research at the Gorsebrook Research Institute, Saint Mary’s University, and an adjunct professor of anthropology. She has been a community researcher and educator working collaboratively for the past twenty-two years with first Nations and Inuit peoples within Canada, and with the Arctic communities internationally as the representation to the University of the Arctic for Saint Mary’s University. Her work is published internationally.
The Language of this Land, Mi’kma’ki is an exploration of Mi’kmaw world view as expressed in language, legends, song and dance. Sable and Francis illustrate the fluid nature of reality inherent in its expression – its embodiment in networks of relationships with the landscape integral to the cultural psyche and spirituality of the Mi’kmaq.
DARTMOUTH BOOK AWARD FOR NON-FICTION IN MEMORY OF ROBBIE ROBERTSON, PRESENTED BY THE KIWANIS CLUB OF DARTMOUTH
The Village of My Heart’s Mistake: An Acadian Life by Denise Cormier
Denise Cormier was born in the French-speaking fishing village of Cheticamp, Cape Breton in 1948, married a fisherman at 19, raised two children and at 38 was diagnosed with coronary artery disease and peripheral vascular disease, hereditary conditions that afflicted much of her family. In 1997 she left Cheticamp, never to return. She has married again and lives in Sydney, Nova Scotia.
In The Village of My Heart’s Mistake Denise Cormier sets out the facts of her own life – the tranquility of a country childhood sustained far into adulthood, the emergence of the “curse of the Deveaus” from the recesses of her family, the coming of modernity to a village that had relied, as had she, on its fishermen. Elemental, romantic, bitter, unsentimental, and true.
Nova Scotia’s Historic Rivers: The Waterways that Shaped the Province
by Joan Dawson
Joan Dawson is a member of the Lunenburg County Historical Society, the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Archaeology Society, and the Antiquarian Club of Halifax, and she is a fellow of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society. She has written many articles on maps and local history, co-authored Historic LaHave River Valley, and authored Nova Scotia’s Historic Rivers, Nova Scotia’s Lost Highways, The Mapmaker’s Eye, and The Mapmakers’ Legacy. Joan lives in Halifax.
In Nova Scotia’s Historic Rivers, Joan Dawson takes us on an insightful expedition around the province. From the original portage routes of the Mi’kmaq, such as the Margaree and Shubenacadie Rivers; to shipbuilding, logging, and mill-based industries along the LaHave and Sackville Rivers; to the settlers and communities that flourished along their banks, Dawson demonstrates the myriad ways in which Nova Scotia’s rivers have always been imperative to the sustenance and survival of the province.
French Taste in Atlantic Canada 1604-1758: A Gastronomic History/
Le goût Français au Canada Atlantique 1604-1758: Une Histoire Gastronomique
by Anne Marie Lane Jonah and Chantal VéChambre
Anne Marie Lane Jonah has been staff historian for Parks Canada at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site since 2003. Originally from Liverpool, Nova Scotia, she studied history at Saint Mary’s University and at the University of Ottawa. Her recent work has focused on the relationship between the French colonial society of the Fortress of Louisbourg and other cultures of Atlantic Canada. She has studied the role of women, letter-writing, the history of food commodities and cuisine. As well as publishing in academic journals, she has given many public talks and helped to create historic food presentations and culinary workshops.
Born in Toulouse and a long-time resident of Paris, Chantal Véchambre settled in Canada in 2005. Certified in French Cooking and Pastry, she ran a catering business and cooking classes in the Moncton area. Her history of food research connected her with the history team of the Fortress of Louisbourg and she began consulting on a regular basis with the historic restaurants and helped to develop and present 18th century culinary workshops for the public. She was invited to talk about the cuisine of the Fortress of Louisbourg in a conference at the Musée Acadien at the University of Moncton and for Radio-Canada TV and radio. Newly established in Toronto, she is still involved in several writing and cooking ventures.
Through stories, images and recipes, French Taste in Atlantic Canada is an exploration of how the first generations of French who settled in the region learned about, reacted to and began to work with local food knowledge and ingredients. Understanding that opens a door to the everyday world of the French explorers and colonists in what would become Atlantic Canada.
DEMOCRACY 250 ATLANTIC BOOK AWARD FOR HISTORICAL WRITING
Haunted Girl: Esther Cox and the Great Amherst Mystery by Laurie Glenn Norris with Barbara Thompson
A native of Cumberland County, Laurie Glenn Norris is the author of Haunted Girl: Esther Cox & Great Amherst Mystery and Cumberland County Facts and Folklore. She holds degrees in anthropology and education, and a master’s degree in art history. Laurie lives in Lower Kingsclear, New Brunswick, with her husband, Barry Norris, along with lots of books and cats.
Barbara Thompson has been involved in the history museum and heritage field for twelve years. She was the director/curator of the Cumberland County Museum in Amherst and is currently director of the DesBrisay Museum in Bridgewater. Trained in commercial design, Thompson spends much of her time researching women’s lives and watercolour painting. She currently lives in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.
Haunted Girl is set in 1878, when eighteen-year-old Esther Cox arrived in Amherst, where her house was plagued by unexplained occurrences. Her claims of the paranormal were hotly debated amongst residents and newspapers. Was Esther the victim of paranormal powers or the troubled mind behind a series of elaborate hoaxes? Esther’s story has been retold numerous times and she remains to this day the town’s most famous historical figure.
Master and Madman: The Surprising Rise and Disastrous Fall of the Hon Anthony Lockwood RN by Peter Thomas and Nicholas Tracy
Peter Thomas was an author, editor, distinguished Professor of English at the University of New Brunswick, and founding publisher of Goose Lane Editions. Thomas became interested in the story of Anthony Lockwood while conducting research for his book Strangers from a Secret Land. Before his death in 2007, Thomas asked Nicholas Tracy to complete his work.
Nicholas Tracy is an adjunct Professor of History at the University of New Brunswick, his research focusing mainly on naval history. Tracy is an Associate of the Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society, a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and Visiting fellow of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. His books include Nelson’s Battles and Britannia’s Palette: The Arts of Naval Victory.
In 1823, the Honourable Anthony Lockwood, member of New Brunswick’s Executive Council, declared he was overthrowing the government. He galloped through the streets on horseback, brandishing pistols, threatening his enemies with death. Lockwood was jailed and later declared mad. Here for the first time is the spectacular true story of Anthony Lockwood’s astonishing rise and tumultuous fall.
In Search of R. B. Bennett by P.B. Waite
P.B. Waite is professor emeritus of history at Dalhousie University and the author of numerous books on Canadian history.
No Canadian prime minister has a legacy as uncertain as that of R.B. Bennett (1870-1947). With warmth, wit, and a deep knowledge of its subject, In Search of R.B. Bennett brings Bennett the man – his penchants, prejudices, weaknesses, and strengths – before the reader.
E.J. PRATT POETRY AWARD
Gift Horse by Mark Callanan
Mark Callanan is the author of two collections of poetry, Scarecrow (Killick Press) and Gift Horse (Véhicule Press), which was shortlisted for the BMO Winterset Award. Along with James Langer, he edited The Breakwater Book of Contemporary Newfoundland Poetry (Breakwater Books). He lives in St. John’s.
Gift Horse, Mark Callanan’s second full-length collection of poetry was largely written following a near-fatal medical emergency in 2007. The poems offer up the story of a young man whose gratitude at being alive is undercut by Lazarus-like confusion and ambivalence. Brandishing a newly acute sense of mortality, Callanan emerges as an Atlantic flâneur stalked by terrifying sea legends, death-steeped domesticity (where even supermarket lobsters “weigh in against oblivion”) and the extinct Newfoundland Wolf. Understated, sinister and unsettling, Gift Horse is a work of considerable craft and vision.
Paradoxides by Don McKay
Don McKay is the multi-award-winning author of twelve books of poetry, including Camber: Selected Poems, a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize; Strike/Slip, winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize; and, most recently, Paradoxides. McKay is also known as a poetry editor, and he has taught poetry in universities across the country. He presently lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
In Paradoxides, award-winning poet Don McKay enters into the astonishments of deep time lying in the rocks around us. “Who needs ghosts when matter/nonchalantly haunts us?” he asks, in a poem about the supposedly ordinary volcanic tuff lying underfoot. In this collection, the paradox is not only the linguistic heart of metaphor, but also poetry’s way of knowing the world without reducing it to atoms of fact. As Kierkegaard has said, “This, then is the ultimate paradox of thought: to want to discover something that thought itself cannot think.”
Whiteout by George Murray
George Murray is the author of six books of poetry, including Whiteout and Glimpse: Selected Aphorisms (2012 and 2010, ECW Press), The Rush to Here (Nightwood, 2007), and The Hunter (McClelland & Stewart, 2003). His work appears widely in Canada, the US, the UK, Europe and the Antipodes. He reviews poetry for the Globe and Mail and teaches poetry online at the University of Toronto and other institutions. From 2003 to 2011, he was the owner and editor of Canada’s most popular book site, Bookninja.com. This is his third nomination in a row for the E.J. Pratt Prize
George Murray’s Whiteout, and sixth collection has been a decade in the making. At once taut, tender and terrifying, haunted and haunting, Whiteout shatters convention in the collision of order and rage, formlessness and hard-won serenity. The Globe and Mail described it as speaking “in the wry, stunned voice of a man answering time’s wake-up call.”
JIM CONNORS DARTMOUTH BOOK AWARD (FICTION), PRESENTED BY BOYNE CLARKE
The Rest is Silence by Scott Fotheringham
Scott Fotheringham grew up in Thornhill, Ontario. He has a BSc from the University of Guelph and a PhD in molecular genetics from Cornell University where he studied genetic recombination. His first novel, The Rest Is Silence, was published in April, 2012 by Goose Lane Editions.
In The Rest is Silence, set in the backwoods of Nova Scotia, a man has decided to withdraw his presence from the world. He begins to recount a story of idealism and rebellion, of love and science. As reports trickle in of a global environmental catastrophe, the nature of his confession becomes clear. And the world will never be the same again.
Anna From Away by D. R. MacDonald
D.R. MacDonald was born in Boularderie, Cape Breton, NS, and did much of his growing up in Ohio. He has published two collections of short stories and three novels, all set largely in Cape Breton where he has lived summers for many years. For his short fiction he has received two Pushcart Prizes, an O. Henry Award, an Ingram Merrill Award, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. His previous novel Lauchlin of the Bad Heart was long listed for the Giller Prize. He is a lecturer emeritus at Stanford University.
In Anna From Away, when Anna Starling flees from an unhappy marriage in California to Cape Breton, her life intersects with Red Murdock, who has recently lost the great love of his life, Rosaire. Surrounded by old ghosts and echoes of those who once lived in this isolated, tight-knit community, Anna and Murdock discover that the present is inextricably linked with the past. But the present is full of mysteries. Who is that demented man in the long coat Anna sees striding along the roads at night? Who threw Willard’s dog off the bridge in the dead of winter? And can Anna and Red, two imperfect people, ever overcome the pain of the past? Part erotic love story, part quest for home and heart, Anna From Away is a superbly crafted tale of love after love, a novel rich in atmosphere and infused with lyrical descriptions of land and sea. Written with an ear for the cadences of Cape Breton and a profound understanding of the many emotional shadings that pass between men and women, this novel is another superb work from D. R. MacDonald.
The Deception of Livvy Higgs by Donna Morrissey
Donna Morrissey is the award-winning author of Kit’s Law, Downhill Chance, What They Wanted, and Sylvanus Now, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. She recently wrote a children’s book, Cross Katie Kross, illustrated by her daughter, Bridgette. Morrissey grew up in The Beaches, a small fishing outport in Newfoundland and now lives in Halifax.
For two traumatic days, Livvy Higgs is besieged by a series of small heart attacks while the ghost of her younger self leads her back through a past devastated by lies and secrets. The story opens in Halifax in 2009, travels back to the French Shore of Newfoundland during the mid-thirties and the heyday of the Maritime shipping industry, makes its way to war torn Halifax during the battle of the Atlantic in World War II, then leaps ahead to the bedside of the elder Livvy. Caught between a troubled past, and her present and worsening living conditions, Livvy is forced to pick apart the lies and secrets told by her greedy, prideful father, Durwin Higgs, who judges her a failure, and her formidable Grandmother Creed, who has mysteriously aligned herself with Livvy’s father, despite their mutual hatred. Tending to Livvy during her illness is her young next-door neighbour, Gen, a single mother, social-work student, and part-time drug dealer. Overnight, a violent scene embroils the two in each other’s lives in a manner that will entwine them forever.
LILLIAN SHEPHERD AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ILLUSTRATION
Driftwood Dragons and Other Seaside Poems by Tyne Brown, Illustrated by Tamara Thiebaux Heikalo
Tamara Thibeaux Heikalo is the illustrator of six books for children, including Driftwood Dragons and The Cat from Kosovo. She has been an artist from very early on in her life, creating whimsical, caricatural, and realistic imagery.
Driftwood Dragons is a collection of 34 lyrical seaside poems for children. Inspired by the Maritime coastline and accompanied by whimsical illustrations, these poems are celebrations of the coastal environment. From an ode to a beach flea to a short conversation with a snail, Driftwood Dragons perfectly captures the beauty, diversity, and joy to be found at Maritime beaches.
I is for Island: A Prince Edward Island Alphabet by Hugh MacDonald, Illustrated by Brenda Jones
Brenda Jones grew up on Prince Edward Island, and then moved to Montreal in her early 20s, beginning a career in film animation. For 20 years she worked for private studios, doing color design, backgrounds, and art direction for many animated television series. Her parallel career as an illustrator began in the ’80s after her daughter was born.
In I is for Island PEI Poet Laureate Hugh MacDonald pays homage to the province’s natural splendors and proud history, by combining poetry with informational text. Located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence on the east coast of Canada, Prince Edward Island measures only 5,660 square kilometers. But what this island province lacks in size, it more than makes up for in abundant natural beauty, as well as the scope of its influence on Canadian history.
Toes In My Nose and Other Poems Illustrated by Sydney Smith
Sydney Smith is from the windy east coast of Canada, living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and since then has been lucky to work with amazing authors, musicians, and other inspiring artists.
In Toes in My Nose and Other Poems, this twenty-fifth anniversary edition of the Sheree Fitch classic, award-winning illustrator Sydney Smith’s new illustrations hilariously portray a neighbourhood of kids flying to the moon, playing banjo with orangutans, and bathing with submarines. Toes in My Nose will introduce a whole new generation to Sheree Fitch’s magnificent feat of imagination.
Margaret and John Savage First Book Award
High-Water Mark by Nicole Dixon
Nicole Dixon’s stories have been nominated for the Journey Prize and short-listed for a CBC Literary Award. In 2005 she won the Writers’ Trust of Canada RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for short fiction. Nicole is electronic resources librarian at Cape Breton University and divides her time between New Waterford, Cape Breton, and Advocate Harbour, Nova Scotia.
In High-Water Mark, these ten prize-winning stories, women speak frankly and unapologetically about the conflicts in their lives — over what they want and need and wonder about, have and don’t have from relationships, home, sex and career. As they deal with crises large and small, the women cover significant internal distance, from dissatisfaction to fumbling happiness to hard-won confidence.
Dirty Bird by Keir Lowther
Keir Lowther lives in PEI with his wife, daughter and dog. Lucy Maud Montgomery is his grandmother’s first cousin.
With Dirty Bird CBC Literary Award finalist Keir Lowther makes his debut with a novel that revolves around loved ones dead and alive, family or otherwise that haunts the modern psyche of one young boy, trapped in the grotesque world that surrounds him. Written in a creepy, deadpan, dark spiritual tone that will light a powder keg in the lukewarm waters of Canadian fiction. Dirty Bird is a family dystopia saga of anxiety and misplaced love, carved out in the spirit of spooky tradition of writers such as Tony Burgess, Joey Comeau and Lisa Foad.
Braco by Lesleyanne Ryan
Lesleyanne Ryan was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland. A Canadian Armed Forces veteran, she served as a peacekeeper in Bosnia from October 1993 to April 1994. For her years in service, she received The Canadian Decoration, the UN Protection Medal, and the UN Peacekeeping Medal. Her writing has won four Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Awards, and in 2011, she won The Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union’s Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers. Braco is her first novel.
In Braco, the year is 1995. The city of Srebrenica falls to Serbian forces. Braco—the Bosnian word for little brother—follows fourteen-year-old refugee Atif Stavic’s agonizing five day journey through the woods. His goal: the safe city of Tuzla. In this ambitious and electrifying debut, author and former Canadian Forces peacekeeper Lesleyanne Ryan plunges full force into the traumatic events of the worst European conflict of our time and creates a testament to the power of human perseverance in the face of chaos and cruelty.
ROGERS COMMUNICATIONS AWARD FOR NON-FICTION
The Other Side of Midnight: Taxicab Stories by Mike Heffernan
Mike Heffernan was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland. His most recent work has appeared in Riddle Fence, Our Times and performed on CBC Radio. The Other Side of Midnight: Taxicab Stories is the follow-up to the national bestseller Rig: An Oral History of the Ocean Ranger Disaster, which was adapted for the stage by Rising Tide Theatre.
The Other Side of Midnight: Taxicab Stories is not a traditional history of taxicabs in St. John’s. It describes the commonly shared experiences of an underwritten portion of Newfoundland’s working class while presenting St. John’s from the front seat of a taxi cab.
Don’t Tell the Newfoundlanders: The True Story of Newfoundland’s Confederation with Canada by Greg Malone
Greg Malone is probably best known for his satire on the WGB and CODCO TV shows and his wicked impersonations of political icons, such as the Queen and Barbara Frum, for which he has received many awards. As a political activist, Malone has championed causes including the campaign that stopped the privatization of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro. He is the author of the acclaimed memoir You Better Watch Out, and is currently a director and actor living in St. John’s.
A colourful, revelatory history of how Newfoundland and Labrador became Canada’s tenth province—with twists and turns as surprising and dramatic as any spy novel. When residents of Newfoundland and Labrador were asked in 1948 whether they wanted to join Confederation with Canada in two notably suspect referenda ballots, many Newfoundlanders felt like the decision was somehow already being made for them. In this meticulously researched book, Greg Malone masterfully unpacks the last hundred years of Newfoundland’s history: he tells the unprecedented story of how a sovereign Dominion came to be re-colonized and ultimately delivered into Confederation and reveals backroom intrigue of international scope involving such vivid characters as Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joey Smallwood. This riveting account of the battle for the resource-rich and militarily strategic island is not only a vital contribution to the story of Newfoundland’s unique relationships with Canada, Britain and the United States, but is necessary reading on nationalism, empire and how sovereignty can be stolen by means more audacious than occupation or invasion. After reading Don’t Tell the Newfoundlanders, the “official” version of Newfoundland history that has held almost without question for the last fifty years will be forever changed.
In the Field by Joan Sullivan
Joan Sullivan is the editor of the Newfoundland Quarterly. As a freelance journalist, her interviews, reviews, and commentary have appeared in The Telegram, The Globe and Mail, and on CBC Radio’s Tapestry. A playwright, director, and actor, Sullivan has most recently appeared as guest director at the Grand Bank Regional Theatre Festival and in cahoots with the Document Theatre Collective in St. John’s.
In In the Field, Stephen Norris—a lieutenant with the famed Royal Newfoundland Regiment—dies on the eve of the battle of Gueudecourt in 1916. With the end of the Norris family enterprise, the once thriving town of Three Arms disappears. Almost 90 years later, a high-school theatre class—unable to leave the figure of Norris behind—embarks on a camping expedition to Three Arms where the lost soldier’s life becomes more real than anyone ever expected. A compelling history—part narrative, part documentary, part oral history, part ghost story—Joan Sullivan’s In the Field reminds us how a soldier’s sacrifice can resonate long after he has fallen.