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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

Written by Cynthia Heinrichs
Illustrated by Jumin Lee
Simply Read Books

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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February 25, 2016

Reading Lights 2016 Call for Submissions

Calling BC Writers and Illustrators:
Do you write stories or poems for children 12 years and younger? Would you like them to be featured under a Reading Light?

Have a look at the Reading Lights installed this year at www.vpl.ca/ReadingLights

The Vancouver Public Library and CWILL BC Society are now seeking submissions of BC books for twenty more ‘lights’.

As part of Year 2 of this initiative, 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. The author and illustrator will be highlighted with links to the library for further reading. They are intended to spark an interest in stories and reading, while celebrating the work of BC authors and illustrators.

If you are/ or have been a resident of BC for at least 2 years and write or illustrate for children 12 years and younger, please read these submission criteria. Books in English and other languages reflecting the diversity of BC are welcomed.

Submission Criteria

The story excerpt or poem must be aimed at young readers, 0 to 12 years.
Fiction, nonfiction and poetry are all eligible.
Illustrations must be integral to the text.
At least one of an author/illustrator team must be/ or have been a resident of BC for 2 years.
Books must be submitted in print. No electronic copies.
You may submit up to 3 books for consideration.
All permissions must be included with your submission - from the author, illustrator, and publisher. This can be in the form of a letter or a print copy of an email. Include these in your submission package.

What Happens Next?

A jury of three people will review the submissions and select twenty to feature on lamp posts across Vancouver.

The design team from VPL will consult with selected authors / illustrators before the plaque is finalized and request a high-quality digital image from the book.

The plaques will be manufactured and installed at selected sites.

The anticipated completion of Year 2 of this project is January 2017.

Books submitted as part of the application process will be donated to the Vancouver Public Library.

Before mailing – please follow this checklist.


1._____ Have you included a hard copy of your book specifically aimed at children 12 years and younger?

2._____Is one of your author / illustrator team a resident, or has been a resident of BC for 2 years?

3._____ Are all print copy permissions included with the submission? 


4.___ Have you included your contact information?

Phone number
Email address

Send hard copies of all of the above to:

Reading Lights
1250 Esquimalt Avenue
West Vancouver
V7T 1K3

Questions? .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Your submission must be postmarked by April 30, 2016 for consideration.

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February 02, 2016

Reading Lights Project Launched on Family Literacy Day

Reading Lights celebrates the work of BC children’s book authors and illustrators and offers unexpected encounters with an array of stories for children and their families near parks, playgrounds, schools, and libraries throughout Vancouver.

Intended to spark an interest in stories and reading, the program features excerpts of books and illustrations on lamp posts across the city for all to enjoy.

Twenty Reading Lights plaques have been installed as of January 2016, and the project was officially launched at the Vancouver Public Library on Family Literacy Day, January 27.

Reading Lights is a collaborative project of Vancouver Public Library and the Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC Society.

Explore this interactive map and discover more about these exceptional children’s books and the authors and illustrators who bring them to life, including BC Book Prize shortlisted author Ashley Spires (pictured at right).

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July 14, 2015

“Reading Lights” Initiative - Selected Books

Here are the books selected for the first installation of the Reading Lights project. These wonderful books will soon be featured on lamp posts around Vancouver. These plaques 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. Installation of the plaques and “reading under the lamp posts” will be launched this winter.


Norman, Speak!
Written by Caroline Adderson
Illustrated by Qin Leng
Groundwood Books

Stanley At Sea
Written by Linda Bailey
Illustrated by Bill Slavin
Kids Can Press

Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat, Where Have You Been?
Written by Dan Bar-el
Illustrated by Rae Mate
Simply Read Books

Crocodiles Play!
Written by Robert Heidbreider
Illustrated by Rae Mate
Tradewind Books

Written by Kallie George
Illustrated by Genevieve Cote
Simply Read Books

Watch Me Grow!: A Down-to-Earth Look at Growing Food in the City
Written by Deborah Hodge
Photographed by Brian Harris
Kids Can Press

I Heard My Mother Call My Name
Written by Nancy Hundal
Illustrated by Laura Hernandez
Harper Collins

The Red Bicycle: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Bicycle
Written by Jude Isabella
Illustrated by Simone Shin
Kids Can Press

Emma and The Silk Train
Written by Julie Lawson
Illustrated by Paul Mombourquette
Kids Can Press

Ankylosaur Attack
Written by Daniel Loxton
Illustated by Daniel Loxton and Jim W.W. Smith
Kids Can Press

School Days Around the World
Written by Margriet Ruurs
Illustrated by Alice Feagan
Kids Can Press

Abby’s Birds
Written by Ellen Schwartz
Illustrated by Sima Elizabeth Shefrin
Tradewind Books

If: A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers
Written by David Smith
Illustrated by Steve Adams
Kids Can Press

Binky The Space Cat
Written and illustrated by Ashley Spires
Kids Can Press

Written by Tiffany Stone
Illustrated by Jori van der Linde
Simply Read Books

Grumpy Bird
Written and illustrated by Jeremy Tankard

Suki’s Kimono
Written by Chieri Uegaki
Illustrated by Stephane Jorisch
Kids Can Press

Little You
Written by Richard Van Camp
Illlustrated by Julie Flett
Orca Books

How To Build Your Own Country
Written by Valerie Wyatt
Illustrated by Fred Rix
Kids Can Press

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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.

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