Thrilled to say that A Bird on Every Tree has been shortlisted for this year’s Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction. I’m deeply honoured to share the Raddall list with the brilliant Sarah Faber for her gorgeous novel All is Beauty Now and her husband Oisin Curran for his novel Blood Fable. Only in the Maritimes, you say? I’m sure somewhere in the literary world, maybe in some other place at some other time, a couple has shared making the shortlist for a major fiction award. But this is the first instance I know of, and I’m over the moon for them both! Knowing how many truly great books are published each year by deserving authors who call Atlantic Canada home is humbling indeed, and makes me proud (a ridiculous understatement) to be part of the region’s writing community.