FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 17 March 2009
ATLANTIC INK, The Writers Festival announces 2009 Short List Four provinces! A weeklong fanfare of writers, books, readings, workshops! May 4 to 9, 2009!
The shortlists have been announced. Five first time writers are being recognized for debut novels championed by some of Canada’s most innovative small presses. http://www.atlanticink.ca is resplendent with readings, signings, workshops and the complete details of the nominated authors and books for the May celebration when writers will be applauded from Charlottetown to Saint John, Fredericton to Wolfville, St. John’s to Halifax from May 4 through 9.
Collectively travelling an estimated 23,872 km, all paths will converge in Halifax on Friday, May 8, 7 pm at the Saint Mary’s University Sobey Building in the Scotiabank Theatre.
Alistair MacLeod will deliver ATLANTIC INK’s first keynote – A Writer’s Life: Geography as Inspiration – as prelude to four readings by the winners of this year’s writers’ book prizes. This year’s nominees are: 12th annual Atlantic Poetry Prize Shades of Green, Brent MacLaine, The Acorn Press Breaker, Sue Sinclair, Brick Books Sky Atlas, Alan R. Wilson, Fitzhenry & Whiteside 19th annual Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children=s Literature Lightning and Blackberries, Joanne Jefferson, Nimbus Publishing The Nine Lives of Travis Keating, Jill MacLean, Fitzhenry & Whiteside Submarine Outlaw, Philip Roy, Ronsdale Press 19th annual Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize Quintet, Douglas Arthur Brown, Key Porter Books Evidence, Ian Colford, The Porcupine’s Quill Skin Room, Sara Tilley, Pedlar Press 32nd annual Evelyn Richardson Non-fiction Prize Dangerous World: Natural Disasters, Manmade Catastrophes, and the Future of Human Survival, Marq de Villiers, Penguin Canada Loyalists and Layabouts, Stephen Kimber, Random House Canada Halifax at War, William D. Naftel, Formac Publishing Schedule of Events All events for Atlantic Ink, The Writers Festival, except where indicated, are free and open to all members of the public (dates and times are subject to change.
Visit www.atlanticink.ca for up-to-the-minute details, changes and additions). Monday 4 May 7 pm Reading: Ian Colford, Sue Sinclair, Sara Tilley, St. John’s, NL hosted by the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador Philip Roy visiting schools in Prince Edward Island through May 6 Jill MacLean visiting schools in St. John’s, NL through May 6 Tuesday 5 May Noon Presentation: Marq de Villiers, Fredericton Public Library, 12 Carlton Street, Fredericton Wednesday 6 May Noon Reading Sue Sinclair, Sara Tilley, Spring Garden Road Library, Halifax Noon Reading: Marq de Villiers, Saint John Free Public Library, 1 Market Square, Saint John 7:30 pm Reading: Douglas Arthur Brown, Brent MacLaine, Alan R. Wilson, Charlottetown, PEI hosted by the PEI Writers’ Guild Joanne Jefferson visiting schools in the Annapolis Valley through May 7 Thursday 7 May 8:30 am – 4:00 pm Workshop: Punctuation and Mechanics with Frances Peck (Editors’ Association of Canada), United Way Boardroom, 7th Floor, Royal Bank Building, 46 Portland Street, Dartmouth. Register on-line at http://www.editors.ca 7 pm Reading: Brent MacLaine, Sue Sinclair, Alan R. Wilson, Study Lounge – Ward Chipman Building, UNBSJ, Saint John 7 pm Reading: Marq de Villiers, Alderney Library, Dartmouth Friday 8 May 8:30 am – 4:00 pm Workshop: Clear and Concise: Another Great Editing/Writing Seminar with Frances Peck (Editors’ Association of Canada), Charlotte Street Arts Centre, Fredericton. Register on-line at http://www.editors.ca Noon Reading: Bill Naftel, Alderney Library, Dartmouth 7 pm ATLANTIC INK Awards Celebration, Scotia Bank Theatre, Sobey’s Building, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax with Keynote Address by Alistair MacLeod Saturday 9 May 10:30 – 2:30 ATLANTIC INK Festival Workshops at the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax Detailed author biographies, book descriptions, high resolution book covers and author photographs are available on-line at http://www.atlanticink.ca