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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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June 17, 2014

Ari Goelman Shortlisted for YA Sunburst Award

2014 Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize finalist Ari Goelman (The Path of Names) has been shortlisted for the Young Adult category of The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic.

From The Sunburst Award jury: “Ari Goelman’s The Path of Names dives deep into mysteries not only of the kabbala and numerology, but of prepubescence and the complexities of quasi-romantic entanglement. A likable thirteen-year-old amateur magician navigates camp counselors, ancient Hebrew, mean girls, and spiritual possession by a long-dead rabbinical scholar to solve the mystery of two ghost children displaced in time. This one’s for those who love a smart, sassy heroine better versed in card tricks than in the social pecking order of summer camp.”

The winners will be awarded in the fall. Visit The Sunburst Award Society’s website for more details.

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June 05, 2014

An Evening with Roy Henry Vickers and Lucky Budd

2014 Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award finalists Roy Henry Vickers and Robert “Lucky” Budd (Raven Brings the Light) will be at Bolen Books in Victoria on Friday, June 20, at 7:00 pm for a reading, discussion, and book signing. Roy will discuss his new collection Storyteller, and both authors will discuss their new children’s book Cloudwalker, the highly anticipated follow up to Raven Brings the Light.

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June 04, 2014

Russell Thornton Shortlisted for Raymond Souster Award

2014 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize finalist Russell Thornton (Birds, Metals, Stones and Rain) is shortlisted for the 2014 Raymond Souster Award. The winner will be announced during a special ceremony at the LCP Annual Poetry Festival and Conference at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in downtown Toronto on June 7, 2014. More information can be found on The League of Canadian Poets website.

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June 03, 2014

A Gathering of Poets: Readings by BC Book Prize Finalists

Join this year’s recipient of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize as well as three of the finalists for A Gathering of Poets: Readings by BC Book Prize Finalists at the Vancouver Public Library. BC Book Prize winner Jordan Abel (The Place of Scraps) will be joined by Catherine Greenwood (The Lost Letters), Jennica Harper (Wood), and Renée Sarojini Saklikar (children of air india: un/authorized exhibits and interjections) for the event, which takes place from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Monday, June 9.

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May 27, 2014

David Stouck Wins Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize

David Stouck, recipient of this year’s Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize and Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, has also won the second annual Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia for Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life. David will receive the award in June at a reception at UBC’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

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May 26, 2014

Wild Berries Selected for First Nation Communities Read Campaign

Wild Berries/Pakwa che Menisu by Julie Flett has been selected for this year’s First Nation Communities Read campaign. Julie is also the inaugural recipient of the $5,000 Periodical Marketers of Canada Aboriginal Literature Award. The book was selected from a five-title shortlist by a jury of librarians from First Nation public libraries in Ontario and will be celebrated with events across Canada in the coming year. View the media release for full details.

Wild Berries was also shortlisted for this year’s Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize.

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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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