The Atlantic Book Awards Society
The Atlantic Book Awards Society (ABAS) is a registered non-profit organization with the mandate “to promote and acknowledge excellence in Atlantic Canadian writing and book publishing through an annual awards ceremony and related events.”
The 2013 Atlantic Book Awards celebration will take place May 16 at the Alderney Landing Theatre, Dartmouth, NS. During the week of the awards, book lovers can enjoy Atlantic Book Fesitval events in all four Atlantic provinces. Watch for details!
Currently based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the board of the Atlantic Book Awards Society is committed to being a truly regional organization with representation from all four Atlantic provinces. In May 2012, St. John’s, NL hosted a very successful Awards gala, marking the first time this ceremony had been held outside the Halifax area. Building on this success, the goal is to rotate the awards ceremony through New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador, as well as Nova Scotia. Plans are now developing to bring the Awards to PEI in 2014.
Current board members (2012-2013) of the Atlantic Book Awards Society are:
President: Heather MacKenzie (Halifax Public Libraries)
Treasurer and Corporate Secretary: Peggy Walt (Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association)
Member at Large (New Brunswick): Nancy Cohen (Children’s Librarian, Moncton Public Library)
Member at Large (NS): Linda Hodgins (Ann Connor Brimer Award)
Member at Large (NS): Paul Robinson (Dartmouth Book Awards)
Member at Large (NS): Pam Estabrooks (Chapters-Indigo)
Member at Large (PEI): Simon Lloyd (Robertson Library, UPEI)
Member at Large (NL): Donna Francis (Creative Book Publishing)
Member at Large (NL): Thea Morash (Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador)