Sheree Fitch among finalists for 2020 Atlantic Book Awards

The awards, managed by the Atlantic Book Awards Society, recognize books from Atlantic Canada including poetry, illustrated children’s books, adult fiction and nonfiction.
EveryBody's Different on EveryBody Street was written by Sheree Fitch. (Submitted by Nimbus)

Sheree Fitch's children's book Everybody's Different on EveryBody Street is among the 35 shortlisted titles for the 2020 Atlantic Book Awards, a coalition of 13 different book prizes.

The awards, managed by the Atlantic Book Awards Society, recognize books from Atlantic Canada including poetry, illustrated children's books, adult fiction and non-fiction.

Fitch's Everybody's Different on EveryBody Street is shortlisted for the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children's Literature.

The book, illustrated by Emma Fitzgerald, explores individuality and embracing everyone's gifts, weaknesses, differences and sameness.

Everybody's Different on EveryBody Street was originally created in 2001 as a fundraiser to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Festival of Trees in support of the Nova Scotia Hospital and to raise awareness for mental illness and addiction. 

Amy Spurway is nominated for two awards for her debut novel, Crow: the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction and the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award for Fiction. 

The book follows a woman diagnosed with three highly unpredictable and inoperable brain tumours, who abandons her life in Toronto to stay in her mother's scruffy trailer in rural Cape Breton and decides to write a memoir.

The 2020 Atlantic Book Awards also includes one of Canada's largest book prizes, the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, valued at $25,000.

This year's Raddall Award nominees are Nova Scotia's Jaime Burnet for Crocuses Hatch from Snow, Newfoundland's Michael Crummey for The Innocents and Nova Scotia author and filmmaker Shandi Mitchell for The Waiting Hours

The 2020 Pioneer Award, which recognizes a Nova Scotian who has made a substantial contribution to the region's literary canon, is postponed until 2021, when it will be awarded in person.

The winners will be announced on June 30. 

You can see the complete shortlists for all the awards below.

Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction

  • A Dark House and Other Stories by Ian Colford
  • Dig by Terry Doyle
  • Nosy White Woman by Martha Wilson

Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children's Literature

Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association Best Atlantic-Published Book Award

Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing

Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing

  • Listening for the Dead Bells by Marian Bruce
  • As British as the King by Gerald Hallowell
  • Dangerous Enemy Sympathizers by Andrew Theobald Elliott

Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award

Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction)

J.M. Abraham Poetry Award

Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration

  • Peg Bearskin: A Traditional Newfoundland Tale, by Andy Jones and Philip Dinn, adapted from a story told by Mrs. Elizabeth Brewer and illustrated by Denise Gallagher
  • Un géant dans la tête by Danielle Loranger
  • Small in the City by Sydney Smith

Margaret and John Savage First Book Award – Non-Fiction

Margaret and John Savage First Book Award – Fiction 

Robbie Robertson Dartmouth Book Award (Non-fiction)

Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award

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