2024 PEI book awards

Winners announced on May 30

The nominees for the 2024 PEI Book Awards highlight the Island’s best published writings, and demonstrate excellence in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and children’s literature. The nominees represent a diverse group of talented writers, editors, and creators whose work has made a significant impact on Island culture.

The following is the short list of nominees for PEI Book Awards 2024:

Non-fiction

Ijé: An Immigrant’s Voyage into Prince Edward Island Life by Elizabeth Iwunwa; The Summer Trade: A History of Tourism on Prince Edward Island  by Alan MacEachern & Edward MacDonald; Song of the Sparrow: A Memoir by Tara MacLean; Amazing L’nu’k: A Celebration of the People of Mi’kma’ki by Julie Pellissier-Lush & Robin Grant.

Fiction

Darwin’s Hornpipe by Deirdre Kessler

Flynn’s War by Finley Martin; Bound by Theresa Redmond; The North Side of Happiness by Sharon Lucy Robson.

 Poetry

Your Therapist Says it’s Magical Thinking: Poems by Sadie McCarney; Coming Home by Fiona Steele; As You Continue to Wait: And other poems hovering above the absurd, the existential, and the Otherworldly by J. J. Steinfeld

Children’s Literature

Crescent Moon Friends by Mo Duffy Cobb; Flitt’s Call by Kara Griffin; The Sea That Sings to Me by Kara Griffin

Secret Me by Angel Jendrick

The awards ceremony will take place at the Charlottetown Library Learning Centre on May 30.  Submissions in each category were assessed by an independent jury for the content, quality of design, and production. Winners receive a cash prize and handmade item created by an Island craftsperson. This year’s selection is a wooden carving by Ditto Grain Carving and Woodcut Prints.

The PEI Book Awards are presented every two years and are sponsored by the Department of Education and Early Years. The poetry award is sponsored by Bookmark in Charlottetown.