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Winners announced for 2020 Atlantic Book Awards during virtual ceremony

HALIFAX — The winners of the 2020 Atlantic Book Awards have been announced. In all, 11 books won 13 awards for short stories, poetry, historical writing, memoirs, fiction and children's stories. Ami McKay of Scot's Bay, N.S.

HALIFAX — The winners of the 2020 Atlantic Book Awards have been announced.

In all, 11 books won 13 awards for short stories, poetry, historical writing, memoirs, fiction and children's stories.

Ami McKay of Scot's Bay, N.S., won two awards for her non-fiction book "Daughter of Family G: A Memoir of Cancer Genes, Love and Fate," which traces McKay's family history with cancer back to the mid-1800s.

Newfoundland author Gemma Hickey took home two awards for "Almost Feral," which traces Hickey's 900-kilometre trek across Newfoundland in 2015, raising funds for survivors of religious institutional abuse.

And one of Canada's largest book prizes, the $25,000 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, went to Newfoundland author Michael Crummey for his novel "The Innocents."

The book follows a brother and sister orphaned in an isolated cove on Newfoundland's northern coastline.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 30, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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