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February 06, 2014

Gala Date and Venue Confirmed

The 30th Annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala will take place on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel. Tickets will be available for purchase online beginning Thursday, March 13, the same day the shortlists will be released. 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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September 11, 2013

Susin Nielsen and Polly Horvath Shortlisted for TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award

Former BC Book Prize finalists Susin Nielsen and Polly Harvath have both been shortlisted for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. Susin is shortlisted for The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, which was also a finalist for the 2013 Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize, and Polly is shortlisted for One Year in Coal Harbour. The winner of the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award will receive $30,000 during the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards gala ceremonies being held in Toronto on October 22, 2013. Young readers will also have a chance to vote for their favourite book from the list of finalists, awarding the first ever TD Canadian Children’s Literature Fan Choice Award.

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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 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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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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February 19, 2013

Date Confirmed for 29th Annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala

The recipients of this year’s BC Book Prizes will be announced on Saturday, May 4, 2013, during the 29th Annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala at Government House in Victoria. Stay tuned for the finalist announcement on March 14.

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November 19, 2012

Membership Drive for the West Coast Book Prize Society

Until the end of the year, every new and renewing member of the West Coast Book Prize Society will receive a mystery book (it could be an art book, a cook book, or even a signed first edition!) worth $20 or more in a canvas book bag and be entered to win an exciting grand prize just for joining. There is also an additional prize for book clubs: a visit from author and BC Book Prize finalist JJ Lee and 12 copies of his book The Measure of a Man. Visit the event page for full details.

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June 27, 2012

Winners of the Win the Winners Contest Announced

The five winners from the Win the Winners bookstore contest have been drawn!  Congratulations to:

  • Fran Moore – Blackberry Books
  • Jackie Kereluk – Cadboro Bay Book Company
  • Sharene Popiel – Laughing Oyster Bookshop
  • Megan Purnell – Mosaic Books
  • Lois Duncan – Mulberry Bush Bookstore

The Win the Winners Contest will return to a bookstore near you in 2013.

 

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June 19, 2012

Submissions for 2013 BC Book Prizes Now Open

Submissions are now open for the next round of the BC Book Prizes. Publishers and BC authors are invited to submit books that fit the awards criteria for the seven BC Book Prize categories. The submission deadline is December 1, 2012. Nominations for the 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence are now being accepted as well. The nomination deadline is Friday, February 1, 2013. Visit our Submission Information page for more details.

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