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June 27, 2013

Esi Edugyan and Steven Price to Visit Haida Gwaii

Esi Edugyan and Steven Price head to Haida Gwaii this weekend with their daughter Cleo where they will give two free readings. The Haida Gwaii Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts will sponsor two free public readings by Edugyan and Price in the villages of Queen Charlotte and Port Clements: on Friday, June 28 at 6:30 pm at Queen Charlotte’s Spirit Square and on Saturday, June 29 at 11:45 am on the main stage at the Canada Day celebrations in Port Clements.

Esi Edugyan was the recipient of the 2012 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for her novel Half-Blood Blues. Her partner Steven Price was shortlisted for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize that same year for his first novel Into That Darkness.

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June 17, 2013

‘A Gathering of Poets’ with Dorothy Livesay Finalists

Join this year’s Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize finalists for ‘A Gathering of Poets’ at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library on Wednesday, June 19. The free event runs from 7-9 pm and will feature readings from 2013 Dorothy Livesay recipient Sarah de Leeuw (Geographies of a Lover) as well as finalists Evelyn Lau (A Grain of Rice), Roger Farr (IKMQ), Patricia Young (Night-Eater) and Colin Browne (The Properties). More details can be found on the Vancouver Public Library website.

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May 29, 2013

Win the Winners Bookstore Contest 2013

The BC Book Prizes Win the Winners Contest will return to local bookstores across the province on June 1 and will run for the entire month. Five prize packages containing the seven 2013 BC Book Prize winning titles are available to be won. For more details and a list of participating bookstores, visit the contest event page.

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May 08, 2013

BC Book Prizes 2013 Winners Announced

The West Coast Book Prize Society is pleased to announce the names of the winners of the 29th Annual BC Book Prizes.

Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize awarded to the author of the best work of fiction:
Supported by Friesens and Webcom

  • Bill Gaston, The World (Hamish Hamilton Canada, Penguin Group Canada)

Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize to recognize the author(s) of the book that contributes most to the enjoyment and understanding of British Columbia:
Supported by Marquis

  • Derek Hayes, British Columbia: A New Historical Atlas (Douglas & McIntyre)

Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize awarded to the author of the best original non-fiction literary work:
Supported by AbeBooks, Victoria Bindery, and First Choice Books

  • Geoff Meggs and Rod Mickleburgh, The Art of the Impossible: Dave Barrett and the NDP in Power, 1972-1975 (Harbour Publishing)

Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize awarded to the author of the best work of poetry:
Supported by the BC Teachers’ Federation

  • Sarah de Leeuw, Geographies of a Lover (NeWest Press)

Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize presented to the best illustrated book written for children:
Supported by Kate Walker and Ampersand Inc.

  • Maggie’s Chopsticks by Alan Woo, illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant (Kids Can Press)

Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize awarded to the best non-illustrated book written for children:
Supported by the BC Library Association

  • Caroline Adderson, Middle of Nowhere (Groundwood Books)

Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award presented to the originating publisher and author(s) of the best book in terms of public appeal, initiative, design, production and content:
Supported by the BC Booksellers Association

  • Shelley Fralic, with research by Kate Bird, Making Headlines: 100 Years of The Vancouver Sun (The Vancouver Sun)

Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence: Lorna Crozier and Sarah Ellis are the recipients of this award established in 2003 by the Honourable Iona Campagnolo, which recognizes British Columbia writers who have contributed to the development of literary excellence in the province.

A total of $24,000 is awarded to winners with each prize providing $2,000 with the exception of the Lieutenant Governor’s prize which awards $5,000 (the two recipients will each receive $5,000). This year’s gala, hosted by Grant Lawrence and attended by British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, took place at Government House in Victoria May 4, 2013.

The BC Book Prizes were established in 1985 to celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers. The prizes are administered and awarded by a non-profit society that represents all facets of the publishing and writing community. The West Coast Book Prize Society congratulates all of the winners!

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April 25, 2013

Anakana Schofield Receives Amazon First Novel Award

Anakana Schofield was named the winner of this year’s Amazon.ca First Novel Award at a ceremony in Toronto on Wednesday, April 24. Her novel Malarky is also shortlisted for the 2013 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. The winners of all seven prize categories for the BC Book Prizes will be announced at the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala on Saturday, May 4, at Government House in Victoria.

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April 18, 2013

Susin Nielsen Recipient of 2013 CLA Book of the Year for Children Award

The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by 2013 BC Book Prize finalist Susin Nielsen has been named the recipient of this year’s Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award. “Nielsen’s books typically are characterized by empathy for her characters,” says CLA’s Book of the Year for Children Award Jury Chair Alexandra Yarrow. “She has a particular gift for finding the unique voice on one child and embracing it, while also portraying with balance and sensitivity other, often unsympathetic, characters of all ages. In The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, Nielsen’s gifts are at their best yet, resulting in an unforgettable novel that explores a painful topic with compassion.” The award will be presented to Susin on May 30 during the CLA National Conference and Tradeshow in Winnipeg.

The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen has been shortlisted for this year’s Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize. The winners of all seven prize categories for the BC Book Prizes will be announced at the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala on Saturday, May 4, at Government House in Victoria.

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April 11, 2013

Lorna Crozier & Sarah Ellis Recipients of 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence

The West Coast Book Prize Society is proud to recognize Lorna Crozier and Sarah Ellis as co-recipients of the 10th annual Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence. British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor, The Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, will present the award at the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala to be held at Government House on Saturday May 4, 2013 in Victoria. The event will be hosted by author, broadcaster, and performer, Grant Lawrence.


The jury for this year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence was: Brian Brett, author and 2012 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence; Lynn Copeland, former Dean of Library Services at Simon Fraser University; and, Alma Lee, founder of the Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival.

“The committee for the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence quickly agreed that among many strong candidates, two were outstanding – and as quickly agreed there were no grounds to choose between these two most deserving giants in their field. Both are prolific, both are recipients of numerous awards, both are passionate advocates for their literary genre and for Canadian writing, both are internationally recognized, both tirelessly mentor their literary children, and both bring the strength of oral tradition to their writing. … Both bring the highest honour to the Lieutentant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence.” – jury

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 2012 recipient was Brian Brett.

Click here for more information on Lorna and Sarah.

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April 10, 2013

Special Hotel Rates for Gala Attendees

The Inn at Laurel Point is offering this year’s Gala attendees special room rates.


Book one of their Laurel Wing Guest Rooms for only $143 or an Erickson Wing Studio Suite for $193.

Call 1.800.663.7667 and ask for the BC Book Prizes rate to book your stay for the evening.

Rates are based on single or double occupancy, do not include tax, and are subject to availability.

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April 08, 2013

Contest: Win Finalist Books

With the BC Book Prizes Gala less than 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 four 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 11)
  • The Light through the Trees: Reflections on Land and Farming by Luanne Armstrong
  • The Art of the Impossible: Dave Barrett and the NDP in Power, 1972-1975 by Geoff Meggs and Rod Mickleburgh
  • Into the Abyss: How a Deadly Plane Crash Changed the Lives of a Pilot, a Politician, a Criminal and a Cop by Carol Shaben
  • Pinboy by George Bowering
  • Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page by Sandra Djwa


Prize #2 (Winner drawn April 15)
  • Gift Days by Kari-Lynn Winters, illustrated by Stephen Taylor
  • Rainbow Shoes by Tiffany Stone, illustrated by Stefan Czernecki
  • What’s Up, Bear?: A Book About Opposites by Frieda Wishinsky, illustrated by Sean L. Moore
  • Maggie’s Chopsticks by Alan Woo, illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant
  • Hey Canada! by Vivien Bowers, illustrated by Milan Pavlovic


Prize #3 (Winner drawn April 18)
  • Trucking in British Columbia: An Illustrated History by Daniel Francis
  • Exploring Vancouver: The Architectural Guide by Harold Kalman and Robin Ward
  • British Columbia: A New Historical Atlas by Derek Hayes
  • Bruno and the Beach: The Beachcombers at 40 by Jackson Davies and Marc Strange
  • Making Headlines: 100 Years of The Vancouver Sun by Shelley Fralic


Prize #4 (Winner drawn April 22)
  • Middle of Nowhere by Caroline Adderson
  • The Prisoner of Snowflake Falls by John Lekich
  • The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen
  • Mimi Power and the I-Don’t-Know-What by Victoria Miles
  • Seraphina by Rachel Hartman


Prize #5 (Winner drawn April 25)
  • Gay Dwarves of America by Anne Fleming
  • Psychology and Other Stories by C.P. Boyko
  • The World by Bill Gaston
  • Malarky by Anakana Schofield
  • Floating Like the Dead by Yasuko Thanh


Prize #6 (Winner drawn April 29)
  • IKMQ by Roger Farr
  • Geographies of a Lover by Sarah de Leeuw
  • A Grain of Rice by Evelyn Lau
  • Night-Eater by Patricia Young
  • The Properties by Colin Browne


Prize #7 (Winner drawn May 2)
  • Bruno and the Beach: The Beachcombers at 40 by Jackson Davies and Marc Strange
  • Liquor, Lust, and the Law: The Story of Vancouver’s Legendary Penthouse Nightclub by Aaron Chapman
  • Standing Up with Ga’axsta’las: Jane Constance Cook and the Politics of Memory, Church, and Custom by Leslie A. Robertson and Kwagu’l Gixsam Clan
  • Undesirables: White Canada and the Komagata Maru - An Illustrated History by Ali Kazimi
  • British Columbia: A New Historical Atlas by Derek Hayes

Don’t forget: You have to enter to win!

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March 14, 2013

2013 BC Book Prizes Shortlists Announced

The shortlists for the 2013 BC Book Prizes have been announced! Congratulations to all the finalists.


The nominees will be celebrated at the BC Book Prizes Soirée, a free evening event, on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at Joe’s Apartment on Granville Street in Vancouver.

The winners will be announced at the 29th Annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala on Saturday, May 4, 2013, 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 March 19.

A selection of the shortlisted authors (to be announced in the coming weeks) will be part of BC Book Prizes On Tour presented by Rio Tinto Alcan. This author reading tour will take finalists to schools, bookstores, and public libraries in many communities throughout BC April 17 – May 3, 2013. Stay tuned for more details!

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