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Ed's new book of short stories, Strays, was released on November 3, 2013.

Ed is thrilled to announce that Strays has been shortlisted for the $25,000 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, one of the East Coast Literary Awards sponsored by the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia. Congratulations to the other shortlisted authors: Shashi Bhat and William Kowalski.

Strays was also one of three finalists for the 2014 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award for Fiction, sponsored by the Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (press release). Congratulations to the other finalist, Russell Wangersky, and winner, Lisa Moore.


The Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award was first presented in 1991. Established with an endowment by Thomas Head Raddall himself, and with ongoing support from the Raddall family, this award honours the work of fiction writers in the Atlantic region and, as the original benefactor envisioned, provides "the gift of time and peace of mind" so essential to the creation of new work.

The East Coast Literary Awards celebrate and promote excellence in writing from Atlantic Canada. The number of titles submitted each year are a testament to the diversity and quality of writing from all four Atlantic provinces. And although jurors have the unenviable task of selecting one winner for each Award, each year's shortlists introduce local, national, and international readers to a tremendous body of work and the vibrant culture of the region. Winners will be announced at the East Coast Literary Awards presentation in Halifax on September 20, following a series of public events and readings celebrating the shortlisted writers. See more here.

Ed Kavanagh, Mount Pearl, NL, Canada    Phone: 709-364-6386   email