Nova Scotia Book Awards

Upcoming Events

A Fiction Fête

Tuesday, June 6, 6:30 pm

Queens County Museum (109 Main Street, Liverpool, NS)

Celebrate our fiction authors with a showcase of readings from finalists for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, including K. R. Byggdin, Wonder World (Enfield & Wizenty), Alexander MacLeod, Animal Person (McClelland & Stewart), and Jo Treggiari, Heartbreak Homes (Nimbus Publishing). Authors Bobbi French, The Good Women of Safe Harbour (HarperCollins) and Lisa Moore, This Is How We Love (House of Anansi) will join in virtually!

Register for your free ticket to secure a seat: A Fiction Fête.

Presented in partnership with the Atlantic Book Awards and the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia.

Join us at the 2024 Nova Scotia Book Awards

April 23, 2024

It’s the glitter-literati event of the season!

The third annual Nova Scotia Book Awards ceremony takes place Monday June 3rd, 2024, at the Brightwood Golf & Country Club. The event will feature readings from the award-winning books by Nova Scotian actor Tara Lynn Taylor as well as a reception and cash bar. Novelist and screenwriter Andre Fenton will be the emcee. 

Awards to be presented are the Margaret and John Savage First Book Awards (Fiction and Non-fiction), the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, the George Borden Writing for Change Award and the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award.

Doors open at 6:30 pm; event starts at 7 pm. Nominated books will be on hand for sale from the King’s Co-op Bookstore.

Tickets for the Dartmouth Book Awards are just $10 and available through Eventbrite.

Big thanks to our sponsor Nova Scotia Support4Culture! 

Shortlists announced for 2024 Nova Scotia Book Awards

April 23, 2024

 

The nominees for the 2024 Nova Scotia Book Awards:

 

Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction)

Charlene Carr, Hold My Girl (HarperCollins)

Leo McKay Jr., What Comes Echoing Back (Vagrant Press)

Amanda Peters, The Berry Pickers (HarperCollins)

 

Evelyn Richardson Nonfiction Award

Sherri Aikenhead, Mommy Don’t (Nimbus Publishing)

Karen Pinchin, Kings of Their Own Ocean: Tuna, Obsession, and the Future of our Seas (Knopf Publishing)

Kelly S. Thompson, Still, I Cannot Save You: A Memoir of Sisterhood, Love, and Letting Go (McClelland & Stewart)

 

George Borden Writing for Change Award (Nonfiction)

Ray Cronin, Alan Syliboy: Culture is our Medicine (Gaspereau Press)

Heather Fegan, Gutsy: Living My Best Life with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis (Nimbus Publishing)

Jen Powley, Making a Home: Assisted Living in the Community for Young Disabled People (Roseway Publishing)

 

Margaret and John Savage First Book Award (Fiction)

Amanda Peters, The Berry Pickers (HarperCollins)

Shelley Thompson, Roar (Nimbus Publishing)

Michelle Wamboldt, Birth Road (Nimbus Publishing)

 

Margaret and John Savage First Book Award (Nonfiction)

Brandon Doucet, About Canada: Dental Care (Fernwood Publishing)

Heather Fegan, Gutsy: Living My Best Life with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis (Nimbus Publishing)

Karen Pinchin, Kings of Their Own Ocean: Tuna, Obsession, and the Future of our Seas (Knopf Publishing)

 

Double Nominees

You read that right. Kings of Their Own Ocean: Tuna, Obsession, and the Future of our Seas, The Berry Pickers and Gutsy: Living My Best Life with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis have all earned double nominations for Nova Scotia Book Awards!

 

The NSBAs will be presented on Monday, June 3, at Brightwood Golf & Country Club in Dartmouth in a ceremony hosted by spoken-word artist and author Andre Fenton.

(Please note: The Maxine Tynes Nova Scotia Poetry Award is presented every other year and will be next awarded in 2025. Last year’s winner is Sylvia Hamilton for her collection Tender.)

The Nova Scotia Book Awards is part of the Atlantic Book Awards Festival. The Atlantic Book Awards Gala takes place Wednesday, June 5 at Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library.

Five Nova Scotian authors win literary awards

DARTMOUTH, NS – Activists Sister Dorothy Moore and El Jones were among the five Nova Scotia writers recognized with Nova Scotia Book Awards at a ceremony held Monday evening at Brightwood Golf and Country Club in Dartmouth. Best-selling author Charlene Carr, who lives in Dartmouth, was the host.

Mi’kmaw Elder Sister Dorothy Moore was presented with the George Borden Writing for Change Award for A Journey of Love and Hope (Nimbus Publishing), a collection of talks, presentations, prayers, and ceremonies by the human rights activist. Named for the late George Borden (1935–2020), the Writing for Change Award is for an outstanding non-fiction book by a Nova Scotian author that inspires others and challenges the status quo.

Poet, professor, and activist El Jones took home the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award for Abolitionist Intimacies (Fernwood Publishing). In this book, Jones employs both poetry and prose to examine the movement to abolish prisons. From the jury citation: “El Jones packs meaning into every word and phrase, intertwined with unwavering undertones of cultural genocide, Black annihilation, and the institutionalized trauma that continues to smother and suppress a people and their intimate and necessary cultural connections.”

The first award of the evening, the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award (Non-Fiction), went to Yarmouth native Mandy Rennehan for The Blue Collar CEO: My Gutsy Journey from Rookie Contractor to Multi-Millionaire Construction Boss (HarperCollins). The book is the “respectfully uncensored” story of how Rennehan’s business savvy and innovative thinking led her to the top of the male-dominated construction industry before she turned thirty.

Sylvia D. Hamilton won the Maxine Tynes Nova Scotia Poetry Award for her poetry collection Tender </em (Gaspereau Press). The book chronicles the experiences of Black people, Black women in particular, in their desire to live full, complex, unencumbered lives. According to the jury: “Tender is bursting at the seams with love, compassion, and vulnerability.”

Alexander MacLeod received the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction for Animal Person (McClelland and Stewart), a short fiction collection exploring love, compromise, and the idea of self. “Lagomorph,” one of eight short stories in this collection, previously won the prestigious O. Henry Award and the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia’s Masterworks Art Award.

This is the second year for the Nova Scotia Book Awards. Until last year, Nova Scotia didn’t have its own provincial literary awards celebration, as all the book awards for Nova Scotia authors were presented as part of the Atlantic Book Awards.

Literary events continue this week, culminating with the Atlantic Book Awards Gala on Wednesday, June 7, at 7:00 p.m. at Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library. For tickets, please see Atlanticbookawards.ca.

The Nova Scotia Book Awards is a partnership between the Dartmouth Books Awards Committee and the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, with support from the Atlantic Book Awards Society. The Society for the Nova Scotia Book Awards is grateful for generous funding from Nova Scotia Gaming Support4Culture and the University of King’s College.

Here is the full list of winners, in the order presented:

 

Margaret and John Savage First Book Award (Non-Fiction)

Mandy Rennehan, The Blue Collar CEO (HarperCollins)

 

Maxine Tynes Nova Scotia Poetry Award

Sylvia D. Hamilton, Tender (Gaspereau Press)

 

George Borden Writing for Change Award

Elder Sister Dorothy Moore, A Journey of Love and Hope (Nimbus Publishing)

 

Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction)

Alexander MacLeod, Animal Person (McClelland & Stewart)

 

Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award

El Jones, Abolitionist Intimacies (Fernwood Publishing)

 

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2023 Nova Scotia Book Awards Shortlists

Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction

Bobbi French, The Good Women of Safe Harbour (HarperCollins)

Alexander MacLeod, Animal Person (McClelland & Stewart)

Jo Treggiari, Heartbreak Homes (Nimbus Publishing)

 

Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award

Kate Beaton, Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands (Drawn & Quarterly)

El Jones, Abolitionist Intimacies (Fernwood Publishing)

Kim Pittaway & Toufah Jallow, Toufah: The Woman Who Inspired an African #MeToo Movement (Penguin Random House)

 

George Borden Writing for Change Award

El Jones, Abolitionist Intimacies (Fernwood Publishing)

Elder Sister Dorothy Moore, A Journey of Love and Hope (Nimbus Publishing)

Wanda Thomas Bernard, A Child of East Preston (Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute)

 

Margaret and John Savage First Book Award for Non-Fiction

Kate Beaton, Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands (Drawn & Quarterly)

Martha Paynter, Abolition to Abortion (Fernwood Publishing)

Mandy Rennehan, The Blue Collar CEO (HarperCollins)

 

Maxine Tynes Nova Scotia Poetry Award

Sylvia D. Hamilton, Tender (Gaspereau Press)

Sue Goyette, Monoculture (Gaspereau Press)

Nanci Lee, Hsin (Brick Books)