Nimbus Sets Awards Record!
On May 2, 2019



Nimbus Publishing and Vagrant Press received a record-setting 12 nominations at the 2019 Atlantic Book Awards shortlist announcement at Halifax City Hall this morning. The previous record was seven nominations set by Nimbus in 2016.

 The nominations include a category sweep by Vagrant authors Lesley Crewe (Beholden), Carol Bruneau (A Circle on the Surface), and Nicola Davison (In the Wake) who will all be vying for the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction).

 “I think the number of nominations really speaks to the breadth of our publishing program and the talent of our authors,” says managing editor Whitney Moran. “We’re so excited, and motivated to continue building momentum and making our region proud.”

 The 2019 Atlantic Book Awards & Festival takes place May 30 to June 6 with shortlisted authors and illustrators featured in events throughout the Atlantic provinces. The festival culminates on June 6 with the awards gala in St. John’s, Newfoundland.


Nimbus/Vagrant 2019 Atlantic Book Award Nominations


Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature

Finding Grace

By Daphne Greer 

Catching the Light

By Susan Sinnott*


APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book Award 

Hope Blooms: Plant a Seed, Harvest a Dream

By Mamadou Wade and the youth of Hope Blooms


Robbie Robertson Dartmouth Book Award (Non-fiction)

The Blind Mechanic

By Marilyn Davidson Elliott* 

First Degree 

By Kayla Hounsell


Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing

The Blind Mechanic

By Marilyn Davidson Elliott*


Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction)

A Circle on the Surface

By Carol Bruneau


By Lesley Crewe

In the Wake

By Nicola Davison*


Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration

Illustrator: Alan Syliboy (nominee)

Mi’kmaw Animals

(Written by Alan Syliboy)


Margaret and John Savage First Book Award – Fiction

Catching the Light

By Susan Sinnott* 

In the Wake

By Nicola Davison*


*Nominated in two categories

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