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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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