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May 02, 2017

Spring 2017 Online Auction

The BC Book Prizes Online Auction is now open!

Show your support for the BC Book Prizes and BC authors and publishers, and help us bring nominated authors to schools in communities all across BC.

Don’t miss out on the amazing items that have been gathered together. Unique packages, event tickets, and so much more.

The auction will end at 10:00 am on Wednesday, June 14, so don’t wait, place your bids today.

View the auction items here.

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April 04, 2017

Douglas Coupland Recipient of 2017 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence

The West Coast Book Prize Society is proud to recognize Douglas Coupland as the recipient of the 14th annual Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence.

British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Judith Guichon, will present the award at the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala to be held at the Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel in Vancouver on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

Douglas Coupland is a Canadian visual artist, writer, and designer. His first novel was the 1991 international bestseller Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture. He has published fourteen novels, two collections of short stories, eight non-fiction books, and a number of dramatic and comedic works for stage, film, and TV. In 2014, Coupland had his first major solo exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, after which the show toured to Toronto, and then internationally. His book Kitten Clone was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-fiction. Coupland is a contributor to the New York Times, e-flux journal, Artsy, and Vice online and is a columnist with the Financial Times of London. In 2015 and 2016, Coupland was artist in residence in the Paris Google Cultural Institute. Visit coupland.com and follow him @DougCoupland. The author lives in Vancouver, BC.

“Douglas Coupland has given BC literature a good name globally, moreso than any other author. After his Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture gave rise to a moniker for a generation, he has produced a widely praised and startlingly original body of work primarily based on his observations of life in the Pacific Northwest where he has lived almost continuously since age four. In addition to his novels — exploring modern loneliness, new technology, and the godlessness of disposable culture — his non-fiction works such as City of Glass and his biography of Terry Fox reflect his deep and abiding affinity for British Columbia. Only Malcolm Lowry, after his brief tenure in North Vancouver to write Under The Volcano, and Alice Munro, who spent her formative years as a writer in West Vancouver and Victoria, have come close to matching Douglas Coupland’s ongoing contribution towards putting British Columbia on the literary map of the world. Also an accomplished visual artist and designer, Douglas Coupland continues to take risks as a literary artist rather than rely on his reputation as a pop culture analyst.”
— Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence jury

The jury for this year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence was: Sheryl MacKay, host/producer of CBC Radio’s North by Northwest; Alan Twigg, writer, publisher, organizer, recipient of the 2016 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence and the Order of Canada; and, Mary-Ann Yazedjian, Manager, Book Warehouse Main Street.

This prize was established in 2003 by former Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Iona Campagnolo, to recognize British Columbia writers who have contributed to the development of literary excellence in the province. The recipient receives a cash award of $5,000 and a commemorative certificate. The 2016 recipient was Alan Twigg.

The MC of the 2017 Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala will be author JJ Lee (author of The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit).

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March 21, 2017

Contest: Win 2017 Finalist Books

With the BC Book Prizes Gala only a month away, it’s time to give away some finalist books! Seven prizes, one for each prize category, will be given out in the next few weeks. Each will include all five books shortlisted for one of the seven prizes. You can enter to win one of the following prizes here.


Prize #1 (Winner drawn April 6)

  • The Conjoined by Jen Sookfong Lee
  • The Dancehall Years by Joan Haggerty
  • The Heaviness of Things That Float by Jennifer Manuel
  • Niagara Motel by Ashley Little
  • The Parcel by Anosh Irani


Prize #2 (Winner drawn April 10)

  • A Disappearance in Damascus: A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War by Deborah Campbell
  • Gently to Nagasaki by Joy Kogawa
  • The Killer Whale Who Changed the World by Mark Leiren-Young
  • The Marriott Cell: An Epic Journey from Cairo’s Scorpion Prison to Freedom by Mohamed Fahmy, with Carol Shaben
  • Mexican Hooker #1: And My Other Roles Since the Revolution by Carmen Aguirre


Prize #3 (Winner drawn April 13)

  • Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey by Margriet Ruurs, illustrated by Nizar Ali Badr
  • My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Julie Flett
  • Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet by Nikki Tate
  • Peace Dancer by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd, illustrated by Roy Henry Vickers
  • Today written and illustrated by Julie Morstad


Prize #4 (Winner drawn April 18)

  • 100 Days by Juliane Okot Bitek
  • If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You by Adèle Barclay
  • The News by Rob Taylor
  • poemw by Anne Fleming
  • Sleeping in Tall Grass by Richard Therrien


Prize #5 (Winner drawn April 20)

  • Embers: One Ojibway’s Meditations by Richard Wagamese
  • Peace Dancer by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd
  • A Perfect Eden: Encounters by Early Explorers of Vancouver Island by Michael Layland
  • Wade Davis: Photographs by Wade Davis
  • The Last Gang in Town: The Epic Story of the Vancouver Police vs. the Clark Park Gang by Aaron Chapman

 


Prize #6 (Winner drawn April 24)

  • A Day of Signs and Wonders by Kit Pearson
  • Everyday Hero by Kathleen Cherry
  • Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community by Robin Stevenson
  • The Rahtrum Chronicles: The Dream by R.K. McLay
  • The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence


Prize #7 (Winner drawn April 27)

  • Crossing Home Ground: A Grassland Odyssey through Southern Interior British Columbia by David Pitt-Brooke
  • A Perfect Eden: Encounters by Early Explorers of Vancouver Island by Michael Layland
  • The Peace in Peril: The Real Cost of the Site C Dam by Christopher Pollon, with photos by Ben Nelms
  • The Recorded History of the Liard Basin 1790-1910: Where British Columbia joins the Yukon and N.W.T. by Anthony Kenyon
  • Mapping My Way Home: A Gitxsan History by Neil J. Sterritt


Don’t forget: You have to enter to win!

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March 07, 2017

2017 BC Book Prizes Shortlists Announced

The shortlists for the 2017 BC Book Prizes have been announced! Congratulations to all the finalists.


The nominees will be celebrated at the BC Book Prizes Soirée, a free casual celebratory event to kick off the festivities, on Wednesday, April 5, in downtown Vancouver (venue TBA).

The winners will be announced at the 33rd Annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel in Vancouver. British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, will be in attendance. Gala tickets will be available for purchase online starting Monday, March 13.

A selection of the shortlisted authors (to be announced in the coming weeks) will be part of BC Book Prizes On Tour. This author reading tour will take finalists to schools and public venues in many communities throughout BC from April 10-28. Stay tuned for more details!

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September 07, 2016

September 2016 Online Auction

The BC Book Prizes Online Auction is back!! Get in on the action!

Don’t miss out on the amazing items that have been gathered together. Unique packages, event tickets, art, and so much more. AND check back often because NEW items will be added regularly.

Auction ends September 30, so don’t wait, place your bids now.

Show your support for the BC Book Prizes and BC authors and publishers, and help us bring award-nominated authors to schools in small communities in BC.

View the current items here.

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July 07, 2016

New Books for Reading Lights

Congratulations to the BC writers and illustrators whose books will soon be featured on Vancouver city lamp posts in the Reading Lights project:

Eat, Leo! Eat!
Written by Caroline Adderson
Illustrated by Josee Bisaillon
Kids Can Press

The Yoga Game by the Sea
Written by Kathy Beliveau
Illustrated by Denise Holmes
Simply Read Books

Big City Bees
Written by Maggie de Vries
Illustrated by Renne Benoit
Greystone Books

Ben Says Goodbye
Written by Sarah Ellis
Illustrated by Kim La Fave
Pajama Press

Kendra Kandlestar and the Box Of Whispers
Written and Illustrated by Lee Edward Fodi
Simply Read Books

Mermaids
Written by Cynthia Heinrichs
Illustrated by Jumin Lee
Simply Read Books

Chitchat
Written by Jude Isabella
Illustrated by Kathy Boake
Kids Can Press

Brave Highland Heart
Written by Heather Kellerhals-Stewart
Illustrated by Werner Zimmermann
Fitzhenry and Whiteside

Peace is an Offering
Written by Annette LeBox
Illustrated by Stephanie Graegrin
Dial Books for Young Readers

A Boy Asked the Wind
Written by Barbara Nickel
Illustated by Gillian Newland
Red Deer Press

Follow That Map!
Written and Illustrated by Scot Ritchie
Kids Can Press

Mister Got To Go, Where Are You?
Written by Lois Simmie
Illustrated by Cynthia Nugent
Red Deer Press

Small Saul
Written and Illustrated by Ashley Spires
Kids Can Press

Stop Thief!
Written by Heather Tekavec
Illustrated by Pierre Pratt
Kids Can Press

Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin
Written by Chieri Ugaki
Illustrated by Qin Leng
Kids Can Press

No Pets Allowed
Written by Irene Watts
Illustrated by Kathryn Shoemaker
Tradewind Books

Hungry For Math: Poems to Munch On
Written by Kari-Lynn Winters and Lori Sherritt-Fleming
Illustrated by Peggy Collins
Fitzhenry and Whiteside

Maggie’s Chopsticks
Written by Alan Woo
Illlustrated by Isabelle Malenfant
Kids Can Press

Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts
Written by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple
Illustrated by Sima Elizabeth Shefrin
Tradewind Books

Boy Meets Dog: A Word Game Adventure
Written by Valerie Wyatt
Illustrated by Dave Whamond
Kids Can Press

To learn more, visit www.vpl.ca/ReadingLights.

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May 16, 2016

Raffle to Raise Funds for the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize

Sheila EgoffThe British Columbia Library Association, one of the supporters of the Sheila A Egoff Children’s Literature Prize, are holding a raffle to help raise funds for the annual prize. 200 tickets at $25 each will be available from May 13 to May 30, 2016, and may be purchased on the BC Book Prizes website by clicking on the “Buy Now” button (located below the “Donate” button) in the left hand column.

Three prizes are available to be won in the raffle - three framed pieces of artwork by illustrators/artists, Cynthia Nugent ($900 monoprint and book), Kathryn E. Shoemaker ($1600 painting and book), and Richard Tetrault ($300 print and book).

The draw will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at the BC Book Prizes office.

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March 29, 2016

Contest: Win 2016 Finalist Books

With the BC Book Prizes Gala only a month away, it’s time to give away some finalist books! Seven prizes, one for each prize category, will be given out over the next few weeks. Each will include all five books shortlisted for one of the seven prizes. You can enter to win one of the following prizes here.



Prize #1 (Winner drawn April 7)

  • Light Years: Memoir of a Modern Lighthouse Keeper by Caroline Woodward
  • Orca Chief by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd
  • Cold Case Vancouver: The City’s Most Baffling Unsolved Murders by Eve Lazarus
  • Vancouver Vanishes: Narratives of Demolition and Revival by Caroline Adderson, John Atkin, Kerry Gold, Evelyn Lau, Eve Lazarus, John Mackie, Elise & Stephen Partridge, and Bren Simmers with an introduction by Michael Kluckner and photographs by Tracey Ayton and Caroline Adderson
  • A Taste of Haida Gwaii: Food Gathering and Feasting at the Edge of the World by Susan Musgrave



Prize #2 (Winner drawn April 11)

  • The Case of the Missing Moonstone (The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency, Book 1) by Jordan Stratford
  • The Truth Commission by Susan Juby
  • We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen
  • Are You Seeing Me? by Darren Groth
  • Seven Dead Pirates by Linda Bailey



Prize #3 (Winner drawn April 14)

  • Beyond the Pale: Folklore, Family and the Mystery of Our Hidden Genes by Emily Urquhart
  • The Real Thing: The Natural History of Ian McTaggart Cowan by Briony Penn
  • Made in British Columbia: Eight Ways of Making Culture by Maria Tippett
  • That Lonely Section of Hell: The Botched Investigation of a Serial Killer Who Almost Got Away by Lorimer Shenher
  • Tuco: The Parrot, the Others, and A Scattershot World by Brian Brett



Prize #4 (Winner drawn April 18)

  • The Red Bicycle: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Bicycle by Jude Isabella, illustrated by Simone Shin
  • Orca Chief by by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd, illustrated by Roy Henry Vickers
  • Peace is an Offering by Annette LeBox, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
  • Song for a Summer Night: A Lullaby by Robert Heidbreder, illustrated by Qin Leng
  • This is Sadie by Sara O’Leary, illustrated by Julie Morstad



Prize #5 (Winner drawn April 21)

  • All True Not a Lie in It by Alix Hawley
  • Specimen by Irina Kovalyova
  • The Hunter and the Wild Girl by Pauline Holdstock
  • Amity by Nasreen Pejvack
  • Martin John by Anakana Schofield



Prize #6 (Winner drawn April 25)

  • The Real Thing: The Natural History of Ian McTaggart Cowan by Briony Penn
  • Resettling the Range: Animals, Ecologies, and Human Communities in British Columbia by John Thistle
  • Tod Inlet: A Healing Place by Gwen Curry
  • Soviet Princeton: Slim Evans and the 1932-33 Miners’ Strike by Jon Bartlett and Rika Ruebsaat
  • Ground-Truthing: Reimagining the Indigenous Rainforests of BC’s North Coast by Derrick Stacey Denholm




Prize #7 (Winner drawn April 28)

  • The Fire Extinguisher by Miranda Pearson
  • Twoism by Ali Blythe
  • Where the words end and my body begins by Amber Dawn
  • Transmitter and Receiver by Raoul Fernandes
  • Foreign Park by Jeff Steudel


Don’t forget: You have to enter to win!

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March 23, 2016

Alan Twigg Recipient of 2016 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence

The West Coast Book Prize Society is proud to recognize Alan Twigg as the recipient of the 13th annual Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence.

British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Judith Guichon, will present the award at the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala to be held at Government House in Victoria on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

Alan Twigg is first and foremost a writer. He has written most of every issue of B.C. BookWorld since 1987. The Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing has identified his newspaper as “the most essential cog in the infrastructure” that supports BC writing and publishing. Since 2001, he has written the vast majority of entries for 11,250 BC authors on the ABCBookWorld reference site – the Wikipedia of BC literature – that is hosted by SFU Library. It receives more than 4,000 visitors per day. He now generates nearly all of the content for the new BCBookLook omnibus site, and he created all 200 entries for the new Literary Map of BC. This map site contains enough original material for nine books.

Along the way, he has been a documentary filmmaker, theatre critic, musician, editorial-page columnist for The Province, library trustee, television host, charity fundraiser, and an organizer for countless events. His 18th book, Two Lives: An Investigation of Goodness, will be an appreciation of a Canadian doctor who has overseen a remote epilepsy clinic in central Tanzania for more than fifty years (Dr. Louise Jilek-Aall) and the longest-serving democratically elected leader in history (George Price, founder of Belize). Alan Twigg has received numerous awards, including the Order of Canada in 2014.

The jury for this year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence was: Betty Keller, teacher, mentor, editor, and writer, and 2015 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence; Peter Darbyshire, author and editor for The Province newspaper; and, Barbara Pope, co-owner of The Mulberry Bush Book Stores in Parksville and Qualicum Beach.

This prize was established in 2003 by former Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Iona Campagnolo, to recognize British Columbia writers who have contributed to the development of literary excellence in the province. The recipient receives a cash award of $5,000 and a commemorative certificate. The 2016 recipient was Betty Keller.

Click here to read more about Alan Twigg.

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March 09, 2016

2016 BC Book Prizes Shortlists Announced

The shortlists for the 2016 BC Book Prizes have been announced! Congratulations to all the finalists.


The nominees will be celebrated at the BC Book Prizes Soirée, a free casual celebratory event to kick off the festivities, on Wednesday, April 6 at Studio Records in downtown Vancouver.

The winners will be announced at the 32nd Annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Government House in Victoria. British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, will be in attendance. Gala tickets will be available for purchase online starting Monday, March 14.

A selection of the shortlisted authors (to be announced in the coming weeks) will be part of BC Book Prizes On Tour. This author reading tour will take finalists to schools and public venues in many communities throughout BC in April. Stay tuned for more details!

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