Congratulations to Gerard Doran! A Stroke in Time has been shortlisted for the 2016 Atlantic Book Awards Margaret and John Savage First Book Award!
The Margaret and John Savage First Book Award recognizes the best first book of fiction or non-fiction published in the previous year by an Atlantic writer. The Margaret and John Savage First Book Award is funded by the generous support of Collins Barrow LLP, Weed Man Maritimes, and the family of John and Margaret Savage. The award is administered by the Atlantic Book Awards Society (ABAS), a registered non-profit organization with the mandate “to promote and acknowledge excellence in Atlantic Canadian writing and book publishing through an annual awards ceremony and related events.” Currently based in Halifax, NS, the board of the Atlantic Book Awards Society is committed to being a truly regional organization with representation from all four Atlantic provinces.
In 1901, a group of Outer Cove fishermen won the St. John’s Regatta with a record-breaking time of 9:13. This record lasted for eighty years before finally being broken in 1981 by the Smith Stockley crew. A Stroke in Time is a beautiful historical novel about this legendary crew from Outer Cove.
Gerard Doran, currently a resident of St. John’s, Newfoundland, grew up in Outer Cove, a former fishing village five miles from the capital city. He has been active in the sport of rowing for many years as a rower and a coach, and he is a two-time Royal St. John’s Regatta championship coxswain. Gerard is a member of the board of directors of the regatta committee. A Stroke in Time is his first novel.
The winner of the 2016 Atlantic Book Awards Margaret and John Savage First Book Award will be announced at a gala at Moncton’s historic Capitol Theatre on April 27. The gala is the centrepiece of the Atlantic Book Awards Society’s week-long festival, which will feature events in all four Atlantic provinces from April 20 to 27 in celebration of the Atlantic region’s best books and authors.