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May 11, 2009

Speeches from the 25th annual BC Book Prize Gala

Alan Twigg, MC for the evening, reflects on 25 years of BC’s literary history:

Howard White of Harbour Publishing presented the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize. He recalls Hubert Evans’ appreciation for having a literary prize named after him:

Gabor Maté, author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: A Close Encounter with Addiction, won the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize. Here, Gabor speaks about addiction and the Downtown Eastside as well as his lifelong love of books:

Stephen Hume, author of Simon Fraser: In Search of Modern British Columbia, won the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize:

Mona Fertig of Mother Tongue Publishing presented the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. She shares how Dorothy Livesay inspired and mentored her:

Daphne Marlatt, author of The Given, won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. She speaks about the beauty and diversity of the voices within writing and fiction from Vancouver:

Katarina Jovanovic, author of The King Has Goat Ears, won the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize. Katarina speaks about her enjoyment for writing for children as well as overcoming language barriers:

The Honourable Steven L. Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. He spoke about the relevance of this year’s winning books, the impact of literacy in the First Nations community, and presented Terry Glavin with the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence:

Audio provided by Sheryl MacKay of CBC Radio’s North by Northwest. Thank you so much Sheryl!

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