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April 23, 2014

Kit Pearson Recipient of 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence

The West Coast Book Prize Society is proud to recognize Kit Pearson as the recipient of the 11th 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 Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel in Vancouver on Saturday, May 3, 2014. The event will be hosted by author, activist, and comedian Charles Demers.

Kit Pearson was born in Edmonton, AB, in 1947 and grew up there and in Vancouver. She received her B.A. from the University of Alberta, her M.L.S. from the University of British Columbia, and her M.A. from the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children’s Literature in Boston. She worked for ten years as a children’s librarian in Ontario and BC, and is now a full-time writer living in Victoria. Her books have been published in Canada in English and French, in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, China, and Korea. She has won many awards for her writing, including the Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work in 1998.

The jury for this year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence was: Sarah Ellis, children’s author and 2013 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence; Sheila Peacock, CBC Producer; and, Jessica Walker, Store Manager at Munro’s Books.

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 2013 co-recipients were Sarah Ellis and Lorna Crozier.

Click here to read more about Kit Pearson.

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April 16, 2014

Chief Bev Sellars Receives Ryga Award

Chief Bev Sellars, who is shortlisted for the 2014 Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, has won the 2014 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness for her book They Called Me Number One. The annual Ryga Award has been presented since 2003 by Okanagan College to a BC writer who has achieved an outstanding degree of social awareness in a new book published in the preceding calendar year. More information can be found on BC Booklook.

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April 02, 2014

Contest: Win 2014 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 five 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 3)
  • Anatomy of a Girl Gang by Ashley Little
  • Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility by Théodora Armstrong
  • Red Girl Rat Boy by Cynthia Flood
  • Three Souls by Janie Chang
  • Lucky by Kathryn Para


Prize #2 (Winner drawn April 8)
  • Birds, Metals, Stones and Rain by Russell Thornton
  • The Lost Letters by Catherine Greenwood
  • Wood by Jennica Harper
  • The Place of Scraps by Jordan Abel
  • children of air india: un/authorized exhibits and interjections by Renée Sarojini Saklikar


Prize #3 (Winner drawn April 17)
  • Svend Robinson: A Life in Politics by Graeme Truelove
  • Charles Edenshaw by Robin K. Wright and Daina Augaitis (editors), with Haida Advisors Robert Davidson and James Hart
  • Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History by Sean Kheraj
  • Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life by David Stouck
  • Voyage Through the Past Century by Rolf Knight


Prize #4 (Winner drawn April 22)
  • How To by Julie Morstad, illustrated by Julie Morstad
  • Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el, illustrated by Tim Bowers
  • Wild Berries by Julie Flett, illustrated by Julie Flett
  • When I Was Eight by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard
  • The Great Bear Sea: Exploring the Marine Life of a Pacific Paradise by Ian McAllister and Nicholas Read, illustrated by Ian McAllister


Prize #5 (Winner drawn April 24)
  • The Land of Heart’s Delight: Early Maps and Charts of Vancouver Island by Michael Layland
  • This Day in Vancouver by Jesse Donaldson
  • The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie by Grant Lawrence
  • Raven Brings the Light by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd
  • The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous by Paula Wild


Prize #6 (Winner drawn April 29)
  • Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life by David Stouck
  • The Oil Man and the Sea: Navigating the Northern Gateway by Arno Kopecky
  • Everything Rustles by Jane Silcott
  • The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be by J.B. MacKinnon
  • They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School by Bev Sellars



Prize #7 (Winner drawn May 1)
  • If Only by Becky Citra
  • The New Normal by Ashley Little
  • The Path of Names by Ari Goelman
  • Record Breaker by Robin Stevenson
  • Victoria by Silvana Goldemberg, translated by Emilie Smith

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

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March 12, 2014

2014 BC Book Prizes Shortlists Announced

The shortlists for the 2014 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, during the first week of April.

The winners will be announced at the 30th Annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside 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 13.

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 in April. Stay tuned for more details!

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February 06, 2014

Gala Date and Venue Confirmed

The 30th Annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala will take place on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel. Tickets will be available for purchase online beginning Thursday, March 13, the same day the shortlists will be released. 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.

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January 30, 2014

UBC Presents a Talk with Sarah Ellis

UBC’s Master of Arts in Children’s Literature Program will present a talk by award-winning children’s author Sarah Ellis on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. Entitled “Writer as Critic: Inside and Outside the Book,” the talk will take place from 12 pm to 1 pm in The Dodson Room (Room 302), Level 3, Chapman Learning Commons, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, UBC. This event will feature refreshments and is free and open to the public. More details are available on the UBC website.

Sarah Ellis is a renowned children’s librarian, author, and critic. The author of fourteen children’s books, she has been awarded such honours as the Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. Sarah has also been the recipient of the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize three times (in 1987, 1997, and 2007) as well as the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence in 2013. Most recently, she was nominated for the 2014 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

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December 05, 2013

Jackson Davies to Visit Maple Ridge

Little Cricket Gift Gallery in Maple Ridge will play host to 2013 finalist author Jackson Davies this Saturday, December 7. The book signing event will take place from 12:00pm to 1:30pm. For more information, or to reserve a signed book, please call Little Cricket Gift Gallery at 604-476-1234.

Jackson Davies was shortlisted for both the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize and the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award in 2013 for his book Bruno and the Beach: The Beachcombers at 40, which commemorates the 40th anniversary of The Beachcombers – Canada’s longest-running dramatic TV production.

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November 18, 2013

Book Signing with Beverly Delich & Shelley Fralic

2013 Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award winner Shelley Fralic will be at Black Bond Books in New Westminster on Saturday, December 7 at 12 noon. She will be joined by co-author Beverly Delich as they celebrate the release of Come Fly with Me: Michael Bublé’s Rise to Stardom, a Memoir (Douglas & McIntyre, $32.95) with a free book signing event. The book is about the decade Beverly spent working as Michael’s manager. Contact the store at 604-528-6226 for more information.

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November 14, 2013

Sandra Djwa Wins Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction

Sandra Djwa has been named the recipient of the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award for non-fiction for Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page, a biography of poet and artist P.K. Page. Djwa was also shortlisted for the 2013 Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize earlier this year. For more details and a full list of the award winners, visit the Governor General’s Literary Awards website.

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November 14, 2013

Stephen Collis to Visit Kelowna

Stephen Collis, recipient of the 2011 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize for On the Material, will be at the Okanagan Regional Library in Kelowna on Monday, November 18, at 7 pm as part of UBC’s Visiting Author series. Visit the UBC website for more details.

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