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April 24, 2014

Meet Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton

2014 BC Book Prize finalists Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton will visit the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast next week. Join them for a book signing at ULS in Burnaby on April 29 at 4:00 pm. They will also appear at the Sunshine Coast Aboriginal Storytellers Festival from April 30 to May 2. Christy and Margaret are shortlisted for the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize for their book When I Was Eight.

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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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