News & Events
May 21, 2010
Deborah Willis’ collection of short stories, Vanishing and Other Stories (finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize), has been shortlisted for the $10,000 Danuta Gleed Literary Award from the Writers Union of Canada. The winner will be announced on June 5 at the Writers’ Union of Canada’s annual general meeting in Ottawa. Read more at CBC.ca.
May 20, 2010
The BC Book Prizes
The West Coast Book Prize Society organizes British Columbia’s largest and most prestigious annual gathering of authors, publishers, booksellers, librarians and professional associations: The BC Book Prizes. The society seeks to recognize the artistic achievements of British Columbia’s book publishing community, reward excellence in writing and publishing, and promote and encourage the development of literary arts. We fulfill this mandate by educating the public about BC writing and publishing and promoting the interaction between writers, publishers, librarians, booksellers, professional associations and the general public. Visit us online at http://www.bcbookprizes.ca for more about us.
This is a full-time 12-week summer position ideal for students interested in the writing and publishing industries. This position is also an excellent opportunity to acquire valuable skills applicable in most office environments.
Duties will include, but are not limited to:
- organizing and soliciting donations for our Online Auction
- responding to inquiries from the public by phone/email
- database work
- general duties as assigned
- updates to our website (HTML knowledge is not necessary)
- social media marketing (Twitter, blogging, Facebook)
The successful candidate should have exceptional organizational and time-management skills and have computer skills in a PC environment. Applications should also have a good phone manner and previous fundraising experience would be an asset. A high level of written, oral and interpersonal communication skills is also essential.
This position is funded through Canada Summer Jobs, a Government of Canada initiative. Applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 30, must have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year, and be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Applicants must also be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.
The BC Book Prizes encourages applications from individuals from traditionally disadvantaged groups including, but not limited to, First Nations, women, queer, visible minorities, people with disabilities and immigrants.
Start Date: Monday, June 7, 2010
End Date: Friday, August 27, 2010
Hours: Approximately 35 hours per week
Wage: $9.00 per hour
How to apply:
Please send cover letter and resume to:
Application deadline: Friday, June 4, 2010
May 18, 2010
Black Bond Books (Surrey Warehouse) sent us this display for the Win the Winners Contest. Thanks!!
There are 7 independent bookstores and local chains (over 20 individual stores) participating in our Win the Winners Contest.
May 18, 2010
From two west coast islands come two award-winning authors: Brian Brett and Audrey Thomas. The Robson Reading Series will host this internationally acclaimed duo on May 27th at 7pm at the UBC Bookstore/Library at Robson Square for readings and conversation.
Brian Brett is “a bold thinker and a tough yet lyrical writer,” says Ronald Wright. Brian Brett is the author of two memoirs and several books of poetry and fiction. His journalism has appeared in major Canadian newspapers. His most recent memoir, Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life (Greystone/D&M, 2009), is an irreverent and illuminating journey through a day in the life of the affectionately named Trauma Farm, with numerous side trips into the natural history of farming. It has been named a top 100 book for 2009 by Amazon, the Globe and Mail and the Times Literary Supplement. It has also won both the Writers’ Trust of Canada Non-Fiction Prize and the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award. Brett lives on Salt Spring Island.
“Page for page, [Audrey Thomas] is one of the country’s best writers,” says Margaret Atwood. Audrey Thomas has published 16 books of fiction and written over 20 plays. She has received many honours including: the Writers Trust of Canada Matt Cohen Award, the W.O. Mitchell Prize, the Canada-Australia Literary Prize, the Marian Engel Award and three Ethel Wilson Fiction Prizes. Her most recent last novel, Tattycoram (Goose Lane, 2005) takes readers into the distant fictional world of Charles Dickens’s England, where, in an unusual twist, Dickens interacts with his own characters, allowing Thomas to raise questions about the intersection of life and art. A native New Yorker, Thomas has lived on Canada’s west coast since 1959 and currently calls Gabriola Island home.
Admission is free and refreshments are served. Books will be available for purchase and signing. More information at the Robson Reading Series website.
May 12, 2010
With thanks to Sheryl MacKay from CBC’s North by Northwest and audio-recorder Adrien Sala, here are the speeches from the 2010 Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala.
Shelagh Rogers, host of CBC Radio One’s The Next Chapter and MC for the evening, has some opening remarks:
Cathleen With, author of Having Faith in the Polar Girls’ Prison, won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. The prize was presented by three-time Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize winner, Audrey Thomas.
Audio clip coming soon. In the meantime, listen to Sheryl McKay’s North by Northwest CBC podcast from April 25 (mp3 link), the day after the Gala.
Lorna Crozier, author of Small Beneath the Sky: A Prairie Memoir, won the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize. The prize was presented by author Harold Rhenisch.
Carrie Mac, author of The Gryphon Project, won the Sheila A Egoff Children’s Literature Prize. The prize was presented by author Sarah Harvey.
Andrew Scott, author of Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names: A Complete Reference to Coastal British Columbia, won the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize. The prize was presented by author Katherine Gordon.
Fred Wah, author of is a door, won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. The prize was presented by Irene Lanzinger, president of the BC Teachers’ Federation.
Freida Wishinsky and Dean Griffiths, author and illustrator of Maggie Can’t Wait, won the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize. The prize was presented by author Sheryl McFarlane. Dean Griffiths accepted the award and spoke how the illustrations and message of the book touched him after his experiences with his daughter, Holly.
Brian Brett and Greystone Books, author and publisher of Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life, won the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award. The prize was presented by Bill Duthie’s daughter, Cathy Legate.
Our MC Shelagh Rogers has some closing statements:
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