FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
16 April, 2008
Spring Sizzles with Atlantic Book Festival 2008
Twenty-five books. Four provinces. One Festival. May 6 to 15, 2008!
The shortlists have been announced. The Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize has increased to
$15,000. The Book Festival website is a-shimmer with readings, signings, workshops and the complete
details of the nominated authors and books for Atlantic Book Festival 2008. Take a magical mystery
murder tour of Halifax with Steven Laffoley…a workshop with imaginary characters with Sheree
Fitch…a Gala Soirée at FRED in Halifax with readings and interviews …celebrations in Saint John, St.
John’s, Sydney, Truro, Pugwash, Charlottetown …join us for the not-to-be-missed Atlantic Book Awards
Ceremony on Monday 12 May, 4 pm at Alderney Landing in Dartmouth.
Aided and abetted by the creative team at Halifax Public Libraries, readers throughout Atlantic Canada
can wager on the winning books. Match your wits with the judges. A Glorious slection of shortlisted titles
will be awarded to two individuals who choose the prize-winning authors. Go to halifaxpubliclibraries.ca
to place your bet!
This year’s nominees are:
Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize
Don Hannah, Ragged Islands, Knopf Canada
Bernice Morgan, Cloud of Bone, Knopf Canada
David Adams Richards, The Lost Highway, Doubleday Canada
Evelyn Richardson Prize for Non-fiction
Marq de Villiers, Witch in the Wind: The True Story of the Legendary Bluenose,
Thomas Allen Publishers
Stewart Donovan, The Forgotten World of RJ MacSween: A Life, Cape Breton University Press
Steven Laffoley, Hunting Halifax: In Search of History, Mystery and Murder, Pottersfield Press
Atlantic Poetry Prize
Don Domanski, All Our Wonder Unavenged, Brick Books
George Murray, The Rush to Here, Nightwood Editions
Anne Simpson, Quick, McClelland & Stewart
Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction
Beatrice MacNeil, Where White Horses Gallop, Key Porter Books
Carol Bruneau, Glass Voices,