Atlantic Book Awards & Festival

I’ve been working on this festival since mid-February, and it is finally just around the corner: the Atlantic Book Awards & Festival, featuring an award ceremony held in St. John’s for the first time ever. Here’s what’s happening:

Monday, May 7th

4:30pm: Mayor Dennis O’Keefe (or someone representing him) declares May 10-17 2012 to be Atlantic Book Week in the City of St. John’s.

Thursday, May 10th

2pm: Bruneau Family Children’s/Young Adult Literature Award nominee Andy Jones features at the St. John’s Storytelling Circle at the Crow’s Nest (88 Water St., by the War Memorial). 7:30pm, admission is $3. Come early – seating is limited.

Saturday, May 12th

Bruneau Family Children’s/Young Adult Literature Award nominees Andy Jones, Susan M. MacDonald and Janet McNaughton read at the A. C. Hunter Children’s Library (125 Allendale Rd., in the Arts & Culture Centre).

Sunday, May 13th

7pm: Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association Best Atlantic-Published Book Award nominee Trudy J. Morgan-Cole reads from her book, That Forgetful Shore, at Chinched Bistro (7 Queen St.).

Tuesday, May 15th

7pm: Dartmouth Book Award for Non-fiction nominee Harry Thurston reads from his book, The Atlantic Coat: A Natural History at the Fluvarium (5 Nagle’s Place).

9pm: Ches Crosbie Barristers Fiction Award nominees Gerard Collins, Kevin Major and Patrick Warner read at The Ship Pub (256 Duckworth St. – Soloman’s Lane).

Wednesday, May 16th

12pm: Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction nominee Frank Macdonald reads from his book a possible madness and talks shop at the LSPU Hall (3 Victoria St.) as part of RCA’s Lunch at the Hall series.

2pm: Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association Best Atlantic-Published Book Award nominee Chris Benjamin reads from Eco-Innovators: Sustainability in Atlantic Canada at Afterwords (245 Duckworth St.), introduced by Deputy Mayor Shannie Duff.

5:30pm: The Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association hosts a panel at the Fat Cat (George St.) featuring authors Chris Benjamin, Trudy J. Morgan-Cole and Doug Underhill and moderator Mack Furlong.

Thursday, May 17

3pm: Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing nominee James E. Candow reads from The Lookout: a History of Signal Hill on Signal Hill itself. 2nd floor of Cabot Tower.

7pm: The Atlantic Book Awards themselves. LSPU Hall. Tickets are $12, available here or at 753-4531.

May 18th is when I get to sleep again. Once everyone has made their flight home.