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P.E.I.'s Katherine Dewar up for Atlantic Book Award


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Prince Edward Island writer and researcher Katherine Dewar is nominated for an Atlantic Book Award for her work on Those Splendid Girls: The Heroic Service of Prince Edward Island Nurses in the Great War.

The short list was released by the awards committee Tuesday night in Halifax.

Dewar's book, which was published by Island Studies Press in 2014, salutes the work of Canadian nurses during the First World War, which celebrated its centenary last year.

RELATED: A good yarn about women at war

SHORT LIST OF ATLANTIC BOOK AWARDS NOMINEES

Dewar was granted access to Island nurses' personal scrapbooks, letters home, private diaries and wartime photo albums, and the book features many wartime black-and-white photos reproduced for the first time.

Twenty-four books are nominated in eight categories for the 2015 Atlantic Book Awards.

Among the more familiar names on the shortlist are former CBC host Linden MacIntyre for his novel, Punishment, and musician Alan Doyle is short-listed for his work, Where I Belong: Small Town to Great Big Sea.

The awards festival runs May 7-14 with free literary events in all four provinces. Festival details will be available at www.atlanticbookawards.ca soon. Winners of the 2015 Atlantic Book Awards will be announced at a special awards show on the last night of the weeklong festival, Thursday, May 14 at 7 p.m. at the Alderney Landing Theatre in Dartmouth. Tickets will on sale by April 15 at Ticketpro.ca.

Prince Edward Island writer and researcher Katherine Dewar is nominated for an Atlantic Book Award for her work on Those Splendid Girls: The Heroic Service of Prince Edward Island Nurses in the Great War.

The short list was released by the awards committee Tuesday night in Halifax.

Dewar's book, which was published by Island Studies Press in 2014, salutes the work of Canadian nurses during the First World War, which celebrated its centenary last year.

RELATED: A good yarn about women at war

SHORT LIST OF ATLANTIC BOOK AWARDS NOMINEES

Dewar was granted access to Island nurses' personal scrapbooks, letters home, private diaries and wartime photo albums, and the book features many wartime black-and-white photos reproduced for the first time.

Twenty-four books are nominated in eight categories for the 2015 Atlantic Book Awards.

Among the more familiar names on the shortlist are former CBC host Linden MacIntyre for his novel, Punishment, and musician Alan Doyle is short-listed for his work, Where I Belong: Small Town to Great Big Sea.

The awards festival runs May 7-14 with free literary events in all four provinces. Festival details will be available at www.atlanticbookawards.ca soon. Winners of the 2015 Atlantic Book Awards will be announced at a special awards show on the last night of the weeklong festival, Thursday, May 14 at 7 p.m. at the Alderney Landing Theatre in Dartmouth. Tickets will on sale by April 15 at Ticketpro.ca.

2015 ATLANTIC BOOK AWARDS and FESTIVAL SHORTLIST

 

1.  Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature

Jack, the King of Ashes

By Andy Jones

Publisher: Running Goat Books & Broadsides

 

Dear Canada:  Flame and Ashes:  The Great Fire Diary of Triffie Winsor

By Janet McNaughton

Publisher: Scholastic Canada Ltd.

 

The End of the Line

By Sharon E. McKay

Publisher:  Annick Press Ltd.

 

2.  APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book Award, Sponsored by Friesens Corporation

Breakwater Books for

A Sudden Sun

By:  Trudy J. Morgan-Cole

 

Nimbus Publishing for

Atlantic Coastal Gardening:  Growing Inspired, Resilient Plants by the Sea

By:  Denise Adams

 

Creative Book Publishing for

Island Kitchen:  An Ode to Newfoundland

By Chef Mark McCrowe with Sasha Okshevsky

 

3.  Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing, Sponsored by Marquis Book Printing

Equal as Citizens:  The Tumultuous and Troubled History of a Great Canadian Idea

By Richard Starr

Publisher:  Formac Publishing Company Ltd.

 

Those Splendid Girls: The Heroic Service of Prince Edward Island Nurses in the Great War

By Katherine Dewar

Publisher:  Island Studies Press

 

Bringing Home Animals:  Mistissini Hunters of Northern Quebec (2nd Ed.)

By Adrian Tanner

Publisher:  ISER Books, Memorial University of Newfoundland

 

4.  Dartmouth Book Award for Non-fiction in Memory of Robbie Robertson,

Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Dartmouth

Fire in the Belly:  How Purdy Crawford rescued Canada, and changed the way we do business

By Gordon Pitts

Publisher: Nimbus Publishing

 

Double Pregnant:  Two Lesbians Make a Family

By Natalie Meisner

Publisher: Roseway Publishing

 

Winds of Change:  The Life and Legacy of Calvin W. Ruck

By Lindsay Ruck

Publisher: Pottersfield Press

 

5.  Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing

Perished:  The 1914 Newfoundland Sealing Disaster

By Jenny Higgins

Publisher: Boulder Publications

 

Something of a Peasant Paradise?:  Comparing Rural Societies in Acadie and the Loudunais, 1604-1755

By Gregory M. W. Kennedy

Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press

 

They Called Me Chocolate Rocket:  The Life and Times of John Paris, Jr., Hockey’s First Black Professional Coach

By John Paris Jr. with Robert Ashe

Publisher:  Formac Publishing Company Ltd.

 

6.  Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction), presented by Boyne Clarke

Punishment

By Linden MacIntyre

Publisher:  Random House Canada

 

Just Beneath My Skin

By Darren Greer

Publisher:  Cormorant Books

 

Grist:  a novel

By Linda Little

Publisher: Roseway Publishing

 

7.  Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration

Illustrator:  Sydney Smith (nominee)

Music is for Everyone

(Written by Jill Barber)

Publisher: Nimbus Publishing

 

Illustrator: Michael Pittman (nominee)

Wow Wow and Haw Haw

(Written by George Murray)

Publisher: Breakwater Books

 

Illustrator:  Nancy Rose (nominee)

The Secret Life of Squirrels

(Written by Nancy Rose)

Publisher: Penguin Canada

 

8.  Margaret and John Savage First Book Award, sponsored by Collins Barrow LLP, Weed Man Maritimes, and the family of John and Margaret Savage

Vienna Nocturne: a novel

By Vivien Shotwell

Publisher:  Doubleday Canada

 

Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome:  stories

By Megan Gail Coles

Publisher: Creative Book Publishing

 

Where I Belong:  Small Town to Great Big Sea

By Alan Doyle

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

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