The Fiddlehead and the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick have announced the shortlisted titles for the third annual New Brunswick Book Awards. The winners will be announced at a celebration, honouring writing and illustration excellence, on Friday June 8, at the Lily Lake Pavilion in Saint John. The event will begin with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by the awards presentation at 7 p.m.

The program celebrates books published in the 2017 calendar year and in four categories: poetry, fiction, non-fiction and children’s writing (picture books). The competition is open to traditionally published and self-published authors who have lived in the province for three of the last five years, including the award year.

A total of 36 total submissions were received for the awards. The book awards program represents a partnership between Canada’s oldest literary magazine, The Fiddlehead, which has nurtured New Brunswick’s literary culture for 70 years, and the Writers’ Federation, which for 30 years has passionately supported the development of home-grown writers at all stages of development.

The finalists are as follows:
 
The Mrs. Dunster’s Award for Fiction
Judge: Angie Abdou, author of five books of fiction, most recently In Case I Go
 
Peter J. Clair, Tobique, Taapoategl & Pallet: A Mi’Kmaq Journey of Loss and Survival
Publisher: Chapel Street Editions

Wayne Curtis, Fredericton, Homecoming: The Road Less Travelled
Publisher: Pottersfield Press

M.T. Dohaney, Fredericton, Caplin Scull: Chronicles from a Newfoundland Outpost
Publisher: Pottersfield Press
 
Alice Kitts Memorial Award for Excellence in Children’s Writing
Judge: Sheree Fitch, one of Canada’s most beloved and celebrated children’s authors

Odette Barr, Petit-Cap, Colleen Landry, Moncton, and Beth Weatherbee, Baie Verte, Take off to Tantramar
Publisher: Chocolate River Publishing

Paul McAllister, Fredericton, New Song for Herman
Publisher: Herman’s Monster House Publishing
 
Alice Whitney, Fredericton, Henrietta’s Nightlight
Publisher: Chocolate River Publishing
 
The Fiddlehead Poetry Book Prize
Judge: Susan Gillis, author of three collections of poetry, including Swimming Among the Ruins

Wayne Clifford, Grand Manan, Flying the Truck
Publisher: New Brunswick Museum
 
Allan Cooper, Riverview, Everything We’ve Loved Comes Back to Find Us
Publisher: Gaspereau Press
 
Kathy Mac, Fredericton, Human Misunderstanding
Publisher: Roseway
 
Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick Book Award for Non-Fiction
Judge: Award-winning author, journalist and teacher Andrew Westoll
 
Rachel Bryant, Saint John, The Homing Place
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Tony Robinson-Smith, Fredericton, The Dragon Run: Two Canadians, Ten Bhutanese, One Stray Dog
Publisher: University of Alberta Press

Jan Wong, Fredericton, Apron Strings: Navigating Food and Family in France, Italy and China
Publisher: Goose Lane Editions
 
 Last year’s winners were: The Mrs. Dunster’s Award for Fiction – Kerry-Lee Powell, Moncton, Willem De Kooning’s Paintbrush (HarperCollins)Alice Kitts Memorial Award for Excellence in Children’s Writing –  Jennifer McGrath, Moncton, The Snow Knows (Nimbus);The Fiddlehead Poetry Book Prize – M. Travis Lane, Fredericton, The Witch of the Inner Wood (Goose Lane Editions); and, Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick Book Award for Non-Fiction – Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon, Saint John, Shadow of Doubt (Goose Lane Editions).