Atlantic Award The Atlantic Book Awards have an East Coast perspective and a Nova Scotia address (this year they were hosted in Dartmouth), but make no mistake: they are an important awards show, and their impact is felt across the country.

On a cool Thursday night last month, CBC Radio’s Louise Renault hosted the 2013 Atlantic Book Awards at the Alderney Gate Theatre. Editors, writers, artists, poets and book enthusiasts came together to sip cocktails, mingle with the literati and celebrate the literary achievements of Atlantic Canada.

Dirty Bird (9781926639529) by Keir Lowther, published by Tightrope Books, won Margaret and John Savage First Book Award and In the Field (9781550813913), by Joan Sullivan, published by Breakwater, won the Rogers Communications Award for Non-Fiction (part of the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards).  The winners are decided by a panel of judges.

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viewpic2.phpThe Margaret and John Savage First Book Award recognizes the best first book of fiction or non-fiction published in the previous year by an Atlantic writer.  The Rogers Communications Award for Non-Fiction (part of the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards) carries the distinguished patronage of the Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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.”

For more information please visit: http://www.atlanticbookawards.ca.