The Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, the Evelyn Richardson Memorial Non-Fiction Award and the Atlantic Poetry Prize were presented at a ceremony hosted by the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) on Friday, October 12, 2012 at the Dalhousie University Club in Halifax.
Sue Goyette, who by day serves as the WFNS communications officer and writes the invaluable weekly paragraph of inspiration to member writers in the Notes From The Fed newsletter, walked away with the Atlantic Poetry Prize for her book, outskirts. Harry Thurston was awarded the Evelyn Richardson Memorial Non-Fiction Award for The Atlantic Coast: A Natural History. David Adams Richards was handed the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, the largest in the region and valued at $20,000, for his novel, Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul. It was announced on Friday evening that the Raddall Award would increase in value to $25,000 in 2013.
WFNS Executive Director Nate Crawford presided over the ceremony and prizes were presented by Linda Little, Silver Donald Cameron, and Brian Bartlett, past winners of the Raddall, Richardson, and Poetry prizes respectively. Shortlisted titles were presented by friends and members of the region’s writing community, including Alexander MacLeod, Stephanie Domet, and Carol Bruneau.
Shortlists for the WFNS Literary Awards are released annually in June, with nominated writers appearing throughout the region until the October announcement. Now in its 22nd year, The Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award has been administered by WFNS since its inception in 1990. The Evelyn Richardson Memorial Award for Non-Fiction was established in 1978, and the Atlantic Poetry Prize was first awarded in 1998.
Shortlisted nominees for each prize also included:
Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award: Valerie Compton (Tide Road, Goose Lane Editions); Heather Jessup (The Lightning Field, Gaspereau Press).
Evelyn Richardson Memorial Award for Non-Fiction: Chris Benjamin (Eco-Innovators: Sustainability in Atlantic Canada, Nimbus Publishing); Ray MacLeod (Hope for Wildlife: True Stories of Animal Rescue, Nimbus Publishing).
Atlantic Poetry Prize: Warren Heiti (Hydrologos, Pedlar Press); Anne Simpson (Is; McClelland & Stewart).
About the winning titles:
Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul tells an intricate story of the various half truths, political machinations and outright lies that lead to the unfair incrimination of a young Mi’kmaq man on a New Brunswick First Nations reserve, and has been described as “a page-turning thriller delivered by Richards in his finest form yet.”
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The Atlantic Coast: A Natural History draws upon the best and most up-to-date science on the ecology of the region as well as the author's lifetime experience as a biologist and naturalist to examine the geological origins of the region, the two major forest realms and the main freshwater and marine ecosystems, and has already been the recipient of two major awards.
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outskirts, recent winner of the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, has been recommended “for anyone [...] who likes to be transported by words”, and praised for its intimacy, complexity, inventiveness and clarity, in addition to its humour and playfulness, and adept observations of the human and the natural worlds.
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