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November 16, 2017

Fall 2017 Online Auction

The BC Book Prizes Online Auction is back!

Show your support for the BC Book Prizes, BC authors and publishers, and help us bring nominated authors to schools in communities all across BC.

Don’t miss out on the amazing items that have been gathered together. Unique packages, gift certificates, and more.

The auction will end at 12:00 pm on Monday, December 11, so don’t wait, place your bids today!

View the auction items here.

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April 04, 2017

Douglas Coupland Recipient of 2017 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence

The West Coast Book Prize Society is proud to recognize Douglas Coupland as the recipient of the 14th 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 Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel in Vancouver on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

Douglas Coupland is a Canadian visual artist, writer, and designer. His first novel was the 1991 international bestseller Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture. He has published fourteen novels, two collections of short stories, eight non-fiction books, and a number of dramatic and comedic works for stage, film, and TV. In 2014, Coupland had his first major solo exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, after which the show toured to Toronto, and then internationally. His book Kitten Clone was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-fiction. Coupland is a contributor to the New York Times, e-flux journal, Artsy, and Vice online and is a columnist with the Financial Times of London. In 2015 and 2016, Coupland was artist in residence in the Paris Google Cultural Institute. Visit coupland.com and follow him @DougCoupland. The author lives in Vancouver, BC.

“Douglas Coupland has given BC literature a good name globally, moreso than any other author. After his Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture gave rise to a moniker for a generation, he has produced a widely praised and startlingly original body of work primarily based on his observations of life in the Pacific Northwest where he has lived almost continuously since age four. In addition to his novels — exploring modern loneliness, new technology, and the godlessness of disposable culture — his non-fiction works such as City of Glass and his biography of Terry Fox reflect his deep and abiding affinity for British Columbia. Only Malcolm Lowry, after his brief tenure in North Vancouver to write Under The Volcano, and Alice Munro, who spent her formative years as a writer in West Vancouver and Victoria, have come close to matching Douglas Coupland’s ongoing contribution towards putting British Columbia on the literary map of the world. Also an accomplished visual artist and designer, Douglas Coupland continues to take risks as a literary artist rather than rely on his reputation as a pop culture analyst.”
— Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence jury

The jury for this year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence was: Sheryl MacKay, host/producer of CBC Radio’s North by Northwest; Alan Twigg, writer, publisher, organizer, recipient of the 2016 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence and the Order of Canada; and, Mary-Ann Yazedjian, Manager, Book Warehouse Main Street.

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 Alan Twigg.

The MC of the 2017 Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala will be author JJ Lee (author of The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit).

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March 07, 2017

2017 BC Book Prizes Shortlists Announced

The shortlists for the 2017 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 5, in downtown Vancouver (venue TBA).

The winners will be announced at the 33rd Annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel in Vancouver. 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 13.

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 from April 10-28. Stay tuned for more details!

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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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March 24, 2015

Betty Keller Recipient of 2015 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence

The West Coast Book Prize Society is proud to recognize Betty Keller as the recipient of the 12th 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 Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel in Vancouver on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

BETTY KELLER was born in Vancouver, BC, and moved to the Sunshine Coast in 1980. She says, “I am proud to be a third-generation BC person as my great grandfather and grandfather arrived in Vancouver in the spring of 1886, a month before Vancouver was incorporated as a city.”

She is a teacher, mentor, editor, and writer, and has authored or co-authored many books, including biographies, histories, plays, and novels. She is a founder of the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts and the Writers in Residence Program. Betty has won numerous awards for her literary work. She is an avid potter, gardener, and fisherperson.

The jury for this year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence was: Kit Pearson, author of literature for young adults, children’s librarian, and 2014 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence; Michael Kluckner, Canadian writer and artist; and, Sandra Singh, Chief Librarian, Vancouver Public Library.

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 2014 recipient was Kit Pearson.

Click here to read more about Betty Keller.

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March 11, 2015

2015 BC Book Prizes Shortlists Announced

The shortlists for the 2015 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 in Vancouver, on Thursday, April 2 at Joe’s Apartment Nightclub.

The winners will be announced at the 31st Annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at the Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel. British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, will be in attendance. Gala tickets will be available for purchase online starting March 16.

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 and public venues in many communities throughout BC from April 8 to 24. Stay tuned for more details!

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January 20, 2015

Gala Date Confirmed for 2015

The 31st Annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at the Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel (currently the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel). Tickets will be available for purchase online beginning Monday, March 16. Tickets will be $110 for West Coast Book Prizes Society members and $120 for non-members. More details will be released closer to the event.

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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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March 12, 2014

2014 BC Book Prizes Shortlists Announced

The shortlists for the 2014 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 in Vancouver, during the first week of April.

The winners will be announced at the 30th Annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel. British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, will be in attendance. Gala tickets will be available for purchase online starting March 13.

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 and public venues in many communities throughout BC in April. Stay tuned for more details!

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