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1987 Winners & Finalists

October 30 | hosted by Ira Nadel

 

Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize

Winner! Housebroken
by Leona Gom
Publisher: NeWest Press

Housebroken

Ellen had adjusted to life in a small city. Chilliwack had become her home, but that was before Susan and Whitman Jervis moved in next door and drew her slowly into their troubled lives. Ellen’s involvement with them grows increasingly complex and dangerous until all of the secrets that lie between them are forced into revelation, but by then it is too late. Leona Gom has taught at various colleges and universities, including the University of Alberta, UBC and Douglas and Kwantlen Colleges. She has published six books of poetry and seven novels. She currently lives in White Rock, BC.

The Indigo Dress & Other Stories
by Rona Murray
Publisher: Sono Nis Press

The Indigo Dress & Other Stories

This is the first collection of stories from poet Rona Murray. She brings to her fiction the qualities of her poetry: a haunting sense of past and its effect upon the present, a sharp eye for physical detail and a lively ear for language. The stories, primarily concerned with individuals lost in their expectations and fantasies, range from depicting an old woman who sings her songs to store mannequins to another who may or may not be dead. These stories remain with the reader long after the book has been put aside. Rona Murray is the author or editor of fourteen books. She currently resides on Vancouver Island.

Sitting in the Club Car Drinking Rum and Karma-Kola
by Paulette Jiles
Publisher: Raincoast Books

Sitting in the Club Car Drinking Rum and Karma-Kola

Sitting in the Club Car Drinking Rum and Karma-Kola is a unique and evocative tale of flight from love and pursuit of the beloved. It combines a love story with a spoof of detective fiction, all in an elegant work of prose that takes place on a transcontinental train. This book is as fresh, lively and popular as ever. Paulette Jiles is a poet, playwright, photojournalist and novelist who now lives in San Antonio, Texas.

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Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize

Winner! Bill Reid
by Doris Shadbolt
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre

Bill Reid

This book celebrating Bill Reid and his work was first published in 1986. Now an updated edition has been released in which Doris Shadbolt has written a new chapter covering Reid’s last years, including his masterwork, The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, as well as the moving details of his ceremonial Haida burial. In a long career, Reid embraced many art forms, driven always by a passion for the well-made, well-crafted object. This impulse informed and inspired his development as a visual artist of tremendous power and brilliant accomplishment. Doris Shadbolt has authored numerous books and curated exhibits at some of Canada’s most prestigious galleries. More

Braehead: Three Founding Families in Nineteenth Century Canada
by Sherrill MacLaren
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Braehead: Three Founding Families in Nineteenth Century Canada

Braehead is the dramatic story of three families whose lives provide a fascinating window into more than one hundred years of Canadian history. In the early nineteenth century, the Macleods, the Crosses and the Drevers left Scotland to settle in the Canadian west, where they matured with the land and united through marriage. We see the first Red River Rebellion through the eyes of the Drevers, the social pressures of polite society from the Crosses and the halls of power and politics with North West Mounted Police Commissioner James Macleod, friend of Sir John A. MacDonald. Together the stories of these intertwined families provide a remarkable picture of a country undergoing massive change.

Nature Diary of a Quiet Pedestrian
by Philip Croft
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

Nature Diary of a Quiet Pedestrian

This book is a lyrical appreciation of West Coast nature by the brilliant naturalist Philip Croft. Set in a diary form, it is based on Croft’s regular daily walk through his own neighbourhood in West Vancouver, into the forest and down to the beach. Illustrated by the author with sketches and watercolour paintings, the book is a beautifully articulate, humourous and philosophical tribute to the West Coast’s seasons. Nature Diary of a Quiet Pedestrian is delightful, educational, and a very pleasant read. More

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Poetry Prize

Winner! Candy From Strangers
by Diana Hartog
Publisher: Coach House

Candy From Strangers

Witty, wonderful and disturbing all at the same time, Candy from Strangers, Diana Hartog’s second book, sparkles with the same unforgettable images and turns of phrase as her award-winning Matinee Light. It is a book to return to again and again, in which the passions, fears and delights of the past and present merge in a haunting, dream-like clarity. Diana Hartog lives in New Denver, BC. More

The Face of Jack Munro
by Tom Wayman
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

The Face of Jack Munro

The poems collected in The Face of Jack Munro may be set on the Canadian Prairies, in the Kootenay region of southeastern BC or in Vancouver during the 1983 Solidarity Public Sector General Strike. But the humour, concern for the individual and biting social commentary found throughout this collection are exactly what readers of Tom Wayman have learned to expect. Tom Wayman currently teaches at the University of Calgary and lives part-time in the Selkirk Mountains of southeastern BC. More

The Night the Dog Smiled
by John Newlove
Publisher: ECW Press

The Night the Dog Smiled

John Newlove is at his finest in this collection of sharply honed, direct and ruthlessly honest poems of intense feeling, observation and involvement. Anyone who reads “Driving,” “The Green Plain” or “White Philharmonic Novels” can agree that Newlove writes from the position of a true craftsman that insists on clarity of his original vision in his finished works. John Newlove, author of The Night the Dog Smiled, is a Governor General’s Award-winning poet who has published several books of poetry. More

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Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize

Winner! Wisdom of the Elders
by Ruth Kirk
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre

Wisdom of the Elders

Wisdom of the Elders gives first person accounts that recall every facet of traditional life. Photographs and drawings present telling images of native people then and now, showing the links between them and their land. Ruth Kirk is an award-winning writer and photographer. She received the Washington State Governor’s Writing Award for this project, which was produced in concert with the Royal BC Museum.

Nature Diary of a Quiet Pedestrian
by Philip Croft
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

Nature Diary of a Quiet Pedestrian

This book is a lyrical appreciation of West Coast nature by the brilliant naturalist Philip Croft. Set in a diary form, it is based on Croft’s regular daily walk through his own neighbourhood in West Vancouver, into the forest and down to the beach. Illustrated by the author with sketches and watercolour paintings, the book is a beautifully articulate, humourous and philosophical tribute to the West Coast’s seasons. Nature Diary of a Quiet Pedestrian is delightful, educational, and a very pleasant read. More

Vancouver and Its Writers
by Alan Twigg
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

Vancouver and Its Writers

Vancouver and its Writers introduces over 100 Vancouver-related fiction authors, summarizes over 100 Vancouver novels and locates 100 literary sites throughout the Lower Mainland. For both the curious tourist and the serious scholar, this unprecedented study also includes provocative assessments of Vancouver (pro and con) in its 100th year from contributors such as Margaret Laurence, Margaret Atwood, Anne Cameron and Robert Harlow. Plus, there are behind-the-scenes anecdotes, photographs, directory info, critical evaluations and a map. Alan Twigg is the publisher and editor of BC BookWorld. More

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Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize

Winner! The Baby Project
by Sarah Ellis
Publisher: Groundwood

The Baby Project

The Baby Project is a powerful and sensitive story about a child learning to come to terms with death and grief. But it is also the story of an amazing family, one filled with enough love and humour to withstand even the most drastic change. Sarah Ellis a prolific author for children and young adults. More

The Curses of Third Uncle
by Paul Yee
Publisher: James Lorimer

The Curses of Third Uncle

Lillian loves her father dearly—he’s a man of integrity greatly respected in Vancouver’s Chinatown. But in 1909 China itself is violently divided between supporters of the Empire and Revolutionaries, and no one can afford to remain neutral, not even those who have come to Canada. When her father mysteriously disappears, Lillian fears the worst. And the worst is not long in coming: soon her scheming third uncle arrives to sell the family business and to take Lillian, her mother and sisters back to China. Lillian knows she must search for her father and sets off for the mountains to find him. What she finds is more terrible than she could have anticipated, and more dangerous. Paul Yee is a well-respected author for children. More

The Falcon Bow
by James Houston
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

The Falcon Bow

The Falcon Bow tells the story of Kungo, an Inuk, whose parents have been killed and his sister captured by Indians. When the Inuit are starving because the caribou fail to return to the North, many Inuit believe that the Indians have set fires to prevent the animals’ yearly trek. Kungo travels to the Indian country to try to discover the cause of the disappearance of the caribou. James Houston was an author, designer and filmmaker. He passed away in 2005.

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BC Booksellers' Choice Award in Honour of Bill Duthie

Winner! Bill Reid
by Doris Shadbolt
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre

Bill Reid

This book celebrating Bill Reid and his work was first published in 1986. Now an updated edition has been released in which Doris Shadbolt has written a new chapter covering Reid’s last years, including his masterwork, The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, as well as the moving details of his ceremonial Haida burial. In a long career, Reid embraced many art forms, driven always by a passion for the well-made, well-crafted object. This impulse informed and inspired his development as a visual artist of tremendous power and brilliant accomplishment. Doris Shadbolt has authored numerous books and curated exhibits at some of Canada’s most prestigious galleries. More

Nature Diary of a Quiet Pedestrian
by Philip Croft
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

Nature Diary of a Quiet Pedestrian

This book is a lyrical appreciation of West Coast nature by the brilliant naturalist Philip Croft. Set in a diary form, it is based on Croft’s regular daily walk through his own neighbourhood in West Vancouver, into the forest and down to the beach. Illustrated by the author with sketches and watercolour paintings, the book is a beautifully articulate, humourous and philosophical tribute to the West Coast’s seasons. Nature Diary of a Quiet Pedestrian is delightful, educational, and a very pleasant read. More

Wisdom of the Elders
by Ruth Kirk
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre

Wisdom of the Elders

Wisdom of the Elders gives first person accounts that recall every facet of traditional life. Photographs and drawings present telling images of native people then and now, showing the links between them and their land. Ruth Kirk is an award-winning writer and photographer. She received the Washington State Governor’s Writing Award for this project, which was produced in concert with the Royal BC Museum.

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