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Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 9:17pm
Halifax, NS – The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) announced the winners of the 2015 East Coast Literary Awards during a celebration of Atlantic writers and writing on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, NS. 

Kaleigh Trace took home the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award ($2,000 prize) for Hot, Wet, & Shaking: How I Learned to Talk About Sex (Invisible Publishing). The J.M. Abraham Poetry Award ($2,000 prize) was presented to Susan Paddon for Two Tragedies in 429 Breaths (Brick Books). And Darren Greer was awarded the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award ($25,000 prize) for Just Beneath My Skin (Cormorant Books). 

The shortlists for the East Coast Literary Awards were released in May, with nominated writers giving readings in the immediate run-up to the June 6 announcement. 

The Awards program, which celebrates and promotes excellence in writing from Canada’s Atlantic region, attracted 62 titles from all four Atlantic provinces for this year’s competition. This year’s shortlist and winners introduce local, national, and international readers to remarkable works written by Atlantic Canadians and published in 2014.

Shortlisted nominees for each Award also included: 

Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award: Heather Sparling (NS), Reeling Roosters & Dancing Ducks: Celtic Mouth Music (Cape Breton University Press) and Graham Steele (NS), What I Learned About Politics: Inside the Rise and Collapse of Nova Scotia’s NDP Government (Nimbus Publishing)

J. M. Abraham Poetry Award: Brian Bartlett (NS), Ringing Here & There: A Nature Calendar (Fitzhenry & Whiteside) and Sylvia D. Hamilton (NS), And I Alone Escaped To Tell You (Gaspereau Press)

Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award: David Adams Richards (NB),Crimes Against My Brother (Doubleday Canada), and Michael Crummey (NL),Sweetland (Doubleday Canada.) 

Established in 1976, the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia works to provide advice and assistance to writers at all stages of their careers; to encourage greater public recognition of writers and their achievements; and to enhance the literary arts in our regional and national culture. More information about WFNS and its programs is available at