May 08, 2013
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!
March 24, 2011
BC writers fared well in the 2011 CBC Literary Awards, taking three top places.
Salt Spring Island writer, Brian Brett finished atop the poetry category with his work, To Your Scattered Bodies Go. Vancouver writer Gina Leola Woolsey‘s My Best Friend took first place in the creative nonfiction category. Placing second was another Vancouver author, Leslie Beckmann, for her debut novel, The Sum of All Evils.
The CBC Literary Awards recognize unpublished Canadian writing. The full list of winners and excerpts can be found on the CBC Literary Awards website. All 12 winners (English and French) will be celebrated at a Montreal gala Thursday night and their entries published in enRoute magazine, a presenting partner of the CBC Literary Awards along with the Canada Council for the Arts.
January 06, 2011
Sitka Books & Art Ltd. announced today that the name of its flagship store, Sitka Books & Art , has changed to Ardea Books & Art effective immediately.
Ardea Books & Art opened its doors on West 4th Avenue in Kitsilano in early October 2010. The Vancouver reading community has welcomed the new bookstore with open arms and strong sales during the holiday season. Ria Bleumer, manager of the store and company’s president, stated that the name change was in response to concerns about a similarly-named local retail store and decided to change the store’s name at this early stage to foster good relations in the local business community.
The name “Ardea” is derived from the genus of the majestic Great Blue Heron, a featured resident of the Vancouver community and a beautiful reminder of nature’s grace and dignity.
Bleumer and her knowledgeable staff are committed to supporting Vancouver’s rich literary and cultural community by providing Vancouver’s readers a warm, welcoming place to explore books and meet authors.
The store’s events so far include book launches and readings by such noted authors as Annabel Lyon and Grant Lawrence. With its extensive catalogue of local authors and a unique offering of local art and crafts, Ardea Books & Art has begun what it set out to do — be a central hub of literary, artistic and intellectual exploration.
Bleumer praised her staff and gave thanks to the strong support she sees in the community, “We receive calls daily from customers who have waited for this store to open asking us to order their backlog of books.” said Bleumer. “We are grateful for the strong support from the community and know that we are bringing in new customers every day with our events, our excellent staff and our deep commitment to unparalleled customer service,” Bleumer added.
Ardea Books & Art is Vancouver’s largest independent full-service bookstore and fills the void created by the closing of Duthie Books. Ardea Books & Art carries a full complement of books and local arts & crafts and is located at 2025 West 4th Ave. in Kitsilano between Arbutus and Maple.