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April 01, 2015

Read Local BC Event with Robert “Lucky” Budd

Join Robert “Lucky” Budd (shortlisted for the 2015 Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award) alongside Sylvia Olsen, Penny Chamberlain, Carol Ann Shaw, and Ann Walsh at the Juan de Fuca Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library on Tuesday, April 21 at 1:00 pm for “Read Local BC:  Authors for Kids & Tweens.”

Celebrate local authors as part of Read Local BC! Writers Lucky Budd, Sylvia Olsen, Penny Chamberlain, Ann Walsh, and Carol Ann Shaw will read, tell stories, and answer questions about where ideas come from and what it’s like to be a writer. For ages 8-18.

More information is available at facebook.com/readlocalbc.

Posted by Kristie Poole | Filed under: More Author Events | Permalink

April 01, 2015

Read Local BC Event with Richard Beamish and Gordon McFarlane

Join Richard Beamish and Gordon McFarlane (shortlisted for the 2015 Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize and Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award) alongside Paula Wild and John Ford for Read Local BC’s free event “Exploring the Nature of the Comox Valley” at the Courtenay Public Library on Tuesday, April 21 at 6:30 pm.

Look at the beauty of the Comox Valley in a different light in an informative, entertaining evening with local authors who uncover fascinating stories behind our landscape. Paula Wild celebrates the cougar, Richard Beamish and Gordon McFarlane explain the life and diversity (both ecologically and industrially) that springs from the Strait of Georgia, and John Ford shares how to recognize some of the marine mammals that inhabit its depths.

More information is available at facebook.com/readlocalbc.

Posted by Kristie Poole | Filed under: More Author Events | Permalink

April 01, 2015

Read Local BC Event with Maggie de Vries

Join 2015 Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize finalist Maggie de Vries on Thursday, April 16 at 1:30 pm at the Oakridge Branch of the Vancouver Public Library for a free Read Local BC reading event. She will be sharing Fraser Bear, which was shortlisted for the 2011 Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize.

A beautifully illustrated nature story of a bear cub’s life in the Pacific Northwest, from a multi-award-winning team, Fraser Bear is the exciting and moving story of a black bear cub’s dangers and adventures in his first two years, uniting the intertwined cycles of bear and fish.

More information is available at facebook.com/readlocalbc.

Posted by Kristie Poole | Filed under: More Author Events | Permalink

April 01, 2015

Read Local BC Event with Aaron Chapman

Join 2015 Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award finalist Aaron Chapman alongside Eve Lazarus and Daniel Francis for Read Local BC’s event “Secrets, Booze & Rebellion: Vancouver’s Unknown History” at the Lynn Valley Branch of the North Vancouver District Public Library on Wednesday, April 15 at 7:00 pm.

Discover the historical underworld of Vancouver and the adventures that took place in many of the buildings and streets still standing today. Three of the city’s finest historians share its rollicking history, from cops turned robbers, to rum-running entrepreneurs during prohibition, and the glamorous yet naughty history of one of the city’s oldest nightclubs.

More information is available at facebook.com/readlocalbc.

Posted by Kristie Poole | Filed under: More Author Events | Permalink

April 01, 2015

Read Local BC Event with Roy and Slavia Miki

Join Roy and Slavia Miki on Monday, April 13 at 1:30 pm at the Britannia Branch of the Vancouver Public Library for a free Read Local BC reading event. They will be sharing their 2015 Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize finalist book Dolphin SOS.

Based on true events, Dolphin SOS recounts the story of three dolphins trapped in an ice-covered cove on the coast of Newfoundland. After the government fails to provide assistance, some young boys take matters into their own hands in order to save the distressed dolphins.

More information is available at facebook.com/readlocalbc.

Posted by Kristie Poole | Filed under: More Author Events | Permalink

March 30, 2015

Contest: Win 2015 Finalist Books

With the BC Book Prizes Gala less than 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 four 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 2)

  • Born Out of This by Christine Lowther
  • Great Bear Wild: Dispatches from a Northern Rainforest by Ian McAllister
  • The Sea Among Us: The Amazing Strait of Georgia by Richard Beamish and Gordon McFarlane (editors)
  • Surveying Southern British Columbia: A Photojournal of Frank Swannell, 1901-07 by Jay Sherwood
  • Tofino and Clayoquot Sound: A History by Margaret Horsfield and Ian Kennedy



Prize #2 (Winner drawn April 7)

  • Washita by Patrick Lane
  • Dreamland Theatre by Rob Budde
  • From the Poplars by Cecily Nicholson
  • For Your Safety Please Hold On by Kayla Czaga
  • School by Jen Currin



Prize #3 (Winner drawn April 9)

  • The Sea Among Us: The Amazing Strait of Georgia by Richard Beamish and Gordon McFarlane (editors)
  • Live at the Commodore: The Story of Vancouver’s Historic Commodore Ballroom by Aaron Chapman
  • The Sobo Cookbook: Recipes from the Tofino Restaurant at the End of the Canadian Road by Lisa Ahier, with Andrew Morrison
  • Cloudwalker by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd
  • A Rock Fell on the Moon: Dad and the Great Yukon Silver Ore Heist by Alicia Priest



Prize #4 (Winner drawn April 13)

  • Ellen in Pieces by Caroline Adderson
  • The Beautiful West & The Beloved of God by Michael Springate
  • Paradise & Elsewhere by Kathy Page
  • The World Before Us by Aislinn Hunter
  • The Wind is Not a River by Brian Payton



Prize #5 (Winner drawn April 16)

  • Stop, Thief! by Heather Tekavec, illustrated by Pierre Pratt
  • The Most Magnificent Thing written and illustrated by Ashley Spires
  • Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki, illustrated by Qin Leng
  • Norman, Speak! by Caroline Adderson, illustrated by Qin Leng
  • Dolphin SOS by Roy Miki and Slavia Miki, illustrated by Julie Flett



Prize #6 (Winner drawn April 20)

  • Blue Gold by Elizabeth Stewart
  • Capricious by Gabrielle Prendergast
  • Sophie, in Shadow by Eileen Kernaghan
  • Rabbit Ears by Maggie de Vries
  • Finding Grace by Becky Citra




Prize #7 (Winner drawn April 23)

  • Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge: Ethnobotany and Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples of Northwestern North America by Nancy J. Turner
  • In the Slender Margin: The Intimate Strangeness of Death and Dying by Eve Joseph
  • The Elusive Mr. Pond: The Soldier, Fur Trader and Explorer Who Opened the Northwest by Barry Gough
  • Northern Dancer: The Legendary Horse That Inspired a Nation by Kevin Chong
  • Olive Odyssey: Searching for the Secrets of the Fruit That Seduced the World by Julie Angus


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

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March 24, 2015

Betty Keller Recipient of 2015 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence

The West Coast Book Prize Society is proud to recognize Betty Keller as the recipient of the 12th 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 Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel in Vancouver on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

BETTY KELLER was born in Vancouver, BC, and moved to the Sunshine Coast in 1980. She says, “I am proud to be a third-generation BC person as my great grandfather and grandfather arrived in Vancouver in the spring of 1886, a month before Vancouver was incorporated as a city.”

She is a teacher, mentor, editor, and writer, and has authored or co-authored many books, including biographies, histories, plays, and novels. She is a founder of the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts and the Writers in Residence Program. Betty has won numerous awards for her literary work. She is an avid potter, gardener, and fisherperson.

The jury for this year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence was: Kit Pearson, author of literature for young adults, children’s librarian, and 2014 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence; Michael Kluckner, Canadian writer and artist; and, Sandra Singh, Chief Librarian, Vancouver Public Library.

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 2014 recipient was Kit Pearson.

Click here to read more about Betty Keller.

Posted by Kristie Poole | Filed under: Announcements | Permalink

March 16, 2015

“Reading Lights” Initiative

The Vancouver Public Library and CWILL BC have announced a new initiative that will place books and reading onto Vancouver streets. Excerpts of stories or poems with associated illustrations from published children’s literature will be featured on permanent plaques (24” high by 7” wide) and placed on lamp posts in Vancouver. These “Reading Lights” will provide spontaneous encounters with BC books for children and their caregivers near parks, playgrounds, schools, and libraries. They are intended to spark an interest in stories and reading, while celebrating the work of BC authors and illustrators. Twenty installations will be completed this year aimed at younger children, with forty more to follow in the next two years for older children. If you live in BC, write for children, and would like to see your work featured, be sure to check out the submission criteria.

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March 11, 2015

2015 BC Book Prizes Shortlists Announced

The shortlists for the 2015 BC Book Prizes have been announced! Congratulations to all the finalists.


The nominees will be celebrated at the BC Book Prizes Soirée, a free evening event in Vancouver, on Thursday, April 2 at Joe’s Apartment Nightclub.

The winners will be announced at the 31st Annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at the Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel. British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, will be in attendance. Gala tickets will be available for purchase online starting March 16.

A selection of the shortlisted authors (to be announced in the coming weeks) will be part of BC Book Prizes On Tour presented by Rio Tinto Alcan. This author reading tour will take finalists to schools and public venues in many communities throughout BC from April 8 to 24. Stay tuned for more details!

Posted by Kristie Poole | Filed under: Announcements | Permalink

January 20, 2015

Gala Date Confirmed for 2015

The 31st Annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at the Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel (currently the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel). Tickets will be available for purchase online beginning Monday, March 16. Tickets will be $110 for West Coast Book Prizes Society members and $120 for non-members. More details will be released closer to the event.

Posted by Kristie Poole | Filed under: Announcements, Key Dates | Permalink

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