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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.

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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!

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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.

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September 10, 2014

Julie Morstad Shortlisted for Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award

Julie Morstad (How To), winner of the 2014 Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize, has been shortlisted for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award of the 2014 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Awards. The $20,000 prize, along with the other six prizes, will be awarded at the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards in Toronto on November 6 and Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse in Montreal on October 28. Full details are available on the Canadian Children’s Book Centre website.

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September 08, 2014

Arno Kopecky Wins Edna Staebler Award

Arno Kopecky (The Oil Man and the Sea: Navigating the Northern Gateway) has won the 2014 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-fiction. He will receive $10,000 in prize money and be honoured at two receptions on November 13 at Wilfrid Laurier’s Waterloo and Brantford campuses. Arno was also shortlisted this year for the 2014 Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize.

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September 04, 2014

Bev Sellars Shortlisted for 2014 Burt Award

2014 Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize finalist Bev Sellars (They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School) has been shortlisted for the 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature. The winners will be announced on Saturday, September 27 at a gala dinner hosted by Shelagh Rogers and Wab Kinew at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People in Winnipeg. More details

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July 09, 2014

Graeme Truelove West Coast Book Tour

Join 2014 Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize finalist Graeme Truelove (Svend Robinson: A Life in Politics) at one (or more) of these West Coast Book Tour events:

  • July 31 – Vancouver Central Library (350 W Georgia St) – Talk, Q+A, and signing, 7:00PM until 8:30 PM
  • August 6 – Book Warehouse (632 W Broadway) – Book signing, noon to 2:00 PM
  • August 6 – Spartacus Books (3378 Findlay St, at Commercial and 18th) – Book signing, 3:30 PM until 5:30 PM
  • August 7 – Burnaby Public Library, Bob Prittie Metrotown (6100 Willingdon Ave.) 7:00PM until 8:30 PM – Talk, Q+A, and signing, 7:00PM until 8:30 PM

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July 08, 2014

Paula Wild Wins Gold in 2013 IndieFab Awards

2014 Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award finalist Paul Wild (The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous) has won gold in the Nature (Adult Nonfiction) category of the 2013 IndieFab Award Winners. Foreword Reviews’ IndieFab Book of the Year Awards celebrate new indie books from authors and publishers whose work stands out from the crowd.

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July 02, 2014

Renée Sarojini Saklikar Wins 2014 Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry

2014 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize finalist Renée Sarojini Saklikar (children of air india: un/authorized exhibits and interjections) has won the 2014 Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry. This award recognizes the best full-length English-language book of poems for adults by a Canadian writer. Renée will receive $2,000 and a silver medal as part of the award.

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