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March 16, 2009

Gala Tickets On Sale Soon

Tickets for the 25th Annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala will be going on sale on Monday, March 23, 2009. The Gala will take place at the Marriott Pinnacle in Downtown Vancouver on Saturday, April 25, 2009. Check back for more details soon.

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March 12, 2009

2009 Finalists Announced

With seven prestigeous prizes and hundreds of great books, choosing five finalists per category was certainly a difficult task for our judges. But we are thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2009 BC Book Prizes. Congratulations to the authors and their publishers! View the 2009 Finalists here.

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March 10, 2009

BC Book Prize Soirée Announced

The BC Book Prizes would like to invite all publishers, authors, illustrators, writers, media, and book lovers to the 25th annual BC Book Prize Soirée on Saturday April 18, 2009. Keep your eyes on our Event Page here on the website and if you’re on Facebook, you can RSVP to our Soirée Event on Facebook and invite your friends!

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March 05, 2009

Congrats to our March Book Draw Winner!

Congratulations Tracy French of New Westminster. She is the proud new owner of For Now by Gayle Friesen, a finalist for the 2009 Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize.


If you would like to be entered to win a BC Book Prize book every month, all you need to do is sign up for our newsletter/updates (see left sidebar) on the website!

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February 24, 2009

Freedom to Read Week

Freedom to Read Week 2009 This week, February 22-28, 2009, is Freedom to Read Week. We encourage everyone to keep on reading and reflect on what “freedom to read” means to you.

Please visit the Freedom to Read website, there is lots of interesting information including kits for schools and education, quotes from authors and publishers, the history of reading freedoms in Canada, and a list of controversial books and magazines.

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February 10, 2009

Join us on Facebook

The BC Book Prizes now has an official Facebook group. If you would like to join, either search for “bc book prizes” or click this button:

Remember to invite your friends on Facebook to keep up with events and updates for the 2009 BC Book Prizes.

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February 05, 2009

Congrats to our February Draw winner!

Congratulations to Betty Phillips of Vancouver. She is the proud new owner of The Incorrection by George McWhirter, finalist for the 2008 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Enjoy!

If you want to be entered to win a BC Book Prize winning title every month, simply sign up for our Newsletter (see left sidebar) and stay in the loop. With the 2009 BC Book Prizes coming up, you won’t want to miss a thing!

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January 29, 2009

Honoured BC Books

The Ontario First Nation public library community has honoured Sono Nis Press’ Which Way Should I Go? by Sylvia Olsen as the 2009 First Nation Communities Read selection.

The Chocolate Lily Awards for Young Readers has released its nominations for 2009. Included in the category of Novel/Chapter Book are Tradewind Books’ The Eco-Diary of Kiran Singer and Honey Cake, Orca Book Publishers’ I, Bruno, Lucky Mountain, Rebel’s Tag and Shadows on the Train, and Annick Press’ Baboon.

In the Picture Book category Greystone Books’ Boy in Motion and Orca’s titles Jeffrey and Sloth, Mechanimal and The Summer of Marco Polo have been selected.

Baboon by David Jones was a finalist for the 2008 Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize; and Jeffrey and Sloth by Kari-Lynn Winters and Ben Hodson was a 2008 finalist for the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize.

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January 29, 2009

BC Book Prize Submissions Again Surpass Record

Thanks to an unprecedented level of participation by BC’s writing and publishing community, the West Coast Book Prize Society is pleased to announce that the BC Book Prizes received a record number of entries this year: 336.

This high submission level is the continuation of a trend, a 30% jump from the level of submissions five years ago. The number of submissions has increased each year but one over the past five years.

All of these submissions are now with the judges and five finalists will be announced March 12, 2009 for each of the following prizes:

  • Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize
  • Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize
  • Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize
  • Hubert Evans Non-fiction Prize
  • Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize
  • Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize
  • BC Booksellers’ Choice Award in Honour of Bill Duthie

On April 18, the start of BC Book & Magazine Week, the recipient of the 2009 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence will be announced. This award was established in 2003 by the Honourable Iona Campagnolo to recognize British Columbia writers who have contributed to the development of literary excellence in the province. In 2008, the fifth annual award was presented to Gary Geddes by BC’s new Lieutenant Governor, The Honourable Steven L. Point, OBC.

Winners of the 25th Annual BC Book Prizes in the seven categories listed above will be announced on Saturday, April 25th at the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala at the Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel in Vancouver, marking the end of BC Book & Magazine Week. Between April 11 and 24, several of the finalists will tour, reading to audiences in various communities around BC.

 

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January 20, 2009

Congrats Don McKay

The Governor General has appointed Don McKay of St. John’s, Newfoundland a Member of the Order of Canada “For his contributions to Canadian literature as a nature poet and mentor of many emerging writers from coast to coast.”

Don McKay is the co-founder of Brick Books and was the winner of the 2007 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize for his book, Strike/Slip.

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