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April 02, 2009

Eight Authors On Tour

We wish we could take every finalist author on tour, and it was a very hard decision…. but the authors have been confirmed for the 6th annual BC Book Prizes On Tour! Joining us from April 13-18 across Northern BC are Margaret Horsfield, Katarina Jovanovic, Elise Partridge, and Robin Stevenson. And touring throughout the Kootenays and Okanagan from April 19-24 will be Stephen Bown, Karen Hofmann, Andreas Schroeder, and Rex Weyler.

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October 03, 2008

Three BCBP authors shortlisted for children’s book awards

Congratulations to Nan Gregory whose book Pink (shortlisted for Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize) has been named a finalist for the $10,000 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. Joining her on the list is Christie Harris Prize winner, Robert Heidbreder (A Sea-Wishing Day), whose book Lickety-Split is also in the running.

Meanwhile, John Wilson’s book The Alchemist’s Dream (shortlisted for the Sheila Egoff Children’s Literature Prize) is a finalist for the $5,000 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People.

Both awards will be announced November 6 and are administered by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

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August 01, 2008

Congrats to the August Book Draw Winner

Doris Freeston is the lucky winner of a copy of Adam’s Peak by Heather Burt. Adam’s Peak was a finalist for this year’s Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and is published by The Dundurn Group.

Congratulations, Doris, and enjoy this stellar BC Book!

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July 14, 2008

Congrats to our July BC Book Draw Winner

Laina Purcell is the lucky winner of a copy of Fortune’s A River: The Collision of Empires in the Pacific Northwest by Barry Gough. This title was a finalist for this year’s Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize.

Congratulations, Laina, and happy reading!

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July 10, 2008

Audrey Thomas made Officer of the Order of Canada

On July 1, 2008, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, announced 75 new appointments to the Order of Canada. The new appointees include five Companions (C.C.), 26 Officers (O.C.), and 43 Members (C.M.), as well as one Honorary Officer. Among the Officers is three-time Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize winner, Audrey Thomas. The Galiano Island and Victoria-based short story writer and novelist won BC Book Prizes for Intertidal Life(1985), Wild Blue Yonder (1991) and Coming Down from Wa (1996). Her novel, Tattycoram, was shortlisted in 2006. Ms. Thomas has also received the $15,000 W.O. Mitchell Award (2001), the Marian Engel Award (1987), the $3,000 Canada-Australia Prize (1989), the Canada-Scotland Literary Fellowship (1985-86) and a National Magazine Award. More than 25 of her plays and stories have been broadcast on CBC. Congratulations, Audrey. More

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June 04, 2008

Congrats to our June BC Book Draw Winner

Alan Smith of Kelowna is the lucky winner of a copy of Fred Herzog: Vancouver Photographs (Finalist for the BC Booksellers’ Choice Award in Honour of Bill Duthie).

Congratulations, Alan, and happy reading!

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May 02, 2008

Congrats to our May BC Book draw winner

Liz Hansen of Victoria is the lucky winner of a copy of The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating (and winner of the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize)

Congratulations, Liz, and happy reading (and eating!)

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April 20, 2008

BC Book Prize Soirée: Thanks everyone!

BCBP Soiree 08Finalists, friends and fans had a celebratory good time at the fifth annual

BC Book Prize Soirée, Saturday, April 19 at the Metropolitan Hotel.

Thanks to all who helped make the event such a rousing success: Ron Johnston for his musical support, Diva at the Met for catering, the Metropolitan Hotel for hosting, and People’s Co-operative Bookstore for bringing books to buy and get autographed.

Big thanks, especially to the following for helping to make the BC Book Prize Soirée possible: Arsenal Pulp Press, Brindle & Glass Publishing, Douglas & McIntyre Publishing Group: Douglas & McIntyre and Greystone Books, Geist Magazine, Harbour Publishing, HarperCollins Canada, Key Porter Books, McClelland & Stewart, NeWest Press, Nightwood Editions, Oolichan Books, Orca Book Publishers, Penguin Group Canada, Random House Canada, Talonbooks, Thistledown Press and Véhicule Press.

And lastly, but by no means “leastly”, thanks to our many silent auction donors: The Metropolitan Hotel with your choice of sumptuous perks, Kate Walker and Company, The Listel Hotel, The Land Conservancy, The Laurel Point Inn, Vancouver Giants, Rogers’ Chocolates, Gravity Pope, Vancouver International Children’s Festival, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, Rumble Theatre, Arts Club Theatre, Ecomarine, Vancouver Canadians, Ballet BC, Kirkley Carswell Designs, Granville Island Hotel, The Vancouver Playhouse, Chapters Indigo, SFU Writing and Publishing, SFU Summer Publishing Workshops, PuSh Festival, Vancouver Kidsbooks, Sequoia Grill, Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel, Marriott Pinnacle Hotel, Pan Pacific Hotel, See Seven, Helijet Airways, Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, Liberty Wine Merchantsm, Vancity Theatre, Circle Craft Gallery Shop,  Book Warehouse, Costco, BC Library Association, Vancouver Canucks, Geist magazine, BC Lions, Bose and Le Petit Spa.

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April 18, 2008

Gary Geddes named recipient of fifth annual Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence

The West Coast Book Prize Society is proud to recognize Gary Geddes as the recipient of the fifth annual Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence. British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Steven Point, will present the award at the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala to be held at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver on April 26, 2008. The event will be hosted by broadcaster Fanny Kiefer.

“From 15 Canadian Poets to Skookum Wawa to 20th Century Poetry and Poetics, Gary Geddes has raised the literary profile of both our province and nation, and has long been considered one of Canada’s most important men of letters. He has given decades of his life to teaching Canadian literature and the craft of writing as well as working as a university professor, writer-in-residence, critic, anthologist, translator, editor, and most importantly, writer. Gary Geddes’ writings have crossed countries and continents in performance and translation. He has received numerous awards, including the E. J. Pratt Medal, a Canadian Authors Association prize, two Archibald Lampman awards, and the Gabriela Mistral Prize for service to literature and the people of Chile. His work as a poet has been generous in its outward-looking gaze. His poems bring song and light into darkened corners of the human experience, document silent and hidden lives, and enter politics through the individual and the personal. His newest book of poems, Falsework, explores the 1958 collapse of Vancouver’s Second Narrows Bridge. His meditative memoir Sailing Home: A Journey Through Time, Place, and Memory (2001) chronicles his return to the West Coast with a deep sense of awe and gratitude for the beauty, wildness, and history of this place. In whatever genre he pursues, Gary Geddes writes with eloquence and intense awareness of mystery within the commonplace, and the single human voice singing inside the crowd. He tells the truth, in all its rawness and splendour.

For the integrity of his creative work, for his active and generous promotion of other writers, and for the words he has given to help map the literary geography of British Columbia, we proudly celebrate Gary Geddes.” – Jury member Carla Funk

The jury for this year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award: Carla Funk, poet laureate for the city of Victoria; Margaret Reynolds, executive director of the Association of Book Publishers of BC; and Mel Bolen, owner of Bolen Books, Victoria.

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.

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April 11, 2008

Win all five Non-Fiction titles from Abebooks

For the past five years, AbeBooks.com has sponsored the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize. This year, they have have an online contest to win a copy of all five finalists in this category:

  • Phantom Limb by Theresa Kishkan
  • Everywhere Being is Dancing by Robert Bringhurst
  • The Triumph of Citizenship by Patricia Roy
  • The 100-Mile Diet by J.B. MacKinnon and Alisa Smith
  • Interwoven Wild by Don Gayton

Good luck!

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