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2003 Winners & Finalists

April 26 | hosted by Bill Richardson

 

Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize

Winner! Unless
by Carol Shields
Publisher: Random House

Unless

In this widely acclaimed novel by Pulitzer-winning Carol Shields, a mother searches for her suddenly mute daughter on the streets of Toronto. Domestic and wordly, Unless, like The Stone Diaries and Larry’s Party, uncovers the lives of ordinary people with humour and compassion. A former Professor of English at the University of Manitoba and Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg, Shields currently lives in Victoria. More

Closer Apart: The Ardara Variations
by Gayla Reid
Publisher: Stoddart Publishing

Closer Apart: The Ardara Variations

Last year, Gayla Reid was a BC Book Prize finalist for her novel All the Seas of the World. This year, she is honoured again for her latest work, a collection of diverse short stories depicting three generations of a family, threaded with the complexities of love, death, and optimism. A Journey Prize winner (1993) and Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize recipient (1995), Reid was born in Australia and now lives in Burnaby, BC.

Dead Girls
by Nancy Lee
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Dead Girls

Subtly linked by the background narrative of a serial killer’s arrest in Vancouver, the stories in Lee’s debut collection are edgy and dark and sharply observed. Born in Cardiff, Wales, to parents of Chinese and Indian descent, Lee lived her early years in England before immigrating to Canada. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and currently teaches at the SFU Writing and Publishing Program. More

Mount Appetite
by Bill Gaston
Publisher: Raincoast

Mount Appetite

This wry and witty collection by one of Canada’s best-loved storytellers was shortlisted for the Giller Prize this year. Gaston is also the author of Deep Cove Stories, Tall Lives, North of Jesus Beans, Belle Combe Journal, Sex is Red, and The Good Body. In March, he was presented with the inaugural Timothy Findley Award for the literary merit of a body of work. He teaches Writing at the University of Victoria.

Night Watch
by Kevin Armstrong
Publisher: Penguin Books

Night Watch

While travelling through the kingdom of Tonga in July 1997, Vancouver-based author Kevin Armstrong was hired as first mate aboard an eighty-foot sailing yacht. In the ensuing fifteen months he visited nine countries and sailed fourteen thousand kilometres. The stories in Night Watch are products of this journey. One of them, “The Cane Field,” has won three prizes and been selected for the 2001 Journey Prize Anthology. More

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Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize

Winner! Where Fire Speaks: A Visit With the Himba
by Sandra Shields, David Campion
Publisher: Arsenal Pulp

Where Fire Speaks: A Visit With the Himba

This Vancouver-based husband and wife/photographer and author team spent two months living with the Himba in Namibia documenting a story that is the unspoken subtext of many a travel adventure: the profound technological, political, and cultural changes in the lives of these people—both gradual and immediate—that are a testament to those affecting indigenous people around the world. More

Making Native Space: Colonialism, Resistance, and Reserves in British Columbia
by Cole Harris
Publisher: UBC Press

Making Native Space: Colonialism, Resistance, and Reserves in British Columbia

In this geographical history of the Indian reserve in BC, Cole Harris analyzes the impact of reserves on Native lives and livelihoods and considers how, in light of this, the Native land questions might begin to be resolved. Recently retired as a member of the Dept. of Geography at UBC, Harris is the author or editor of many books about BC and Canada, including The Historical Atlas of Canada, Volume 1. More

One Man’s Justice
by Thomas Berger
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre

One Man’s Justice

In a career that spans four decades in the law, Thomas Berger has taken on the challenge of many controversial cases in order to test or transform the application of justice. In this passionate memoir, one of Canada’s best-known lawyers—a Queen’s Counsel, Freeman of the City of Vancouver, Officer of the Order of Canada, and recipient of twelve honorary degrees—reveals the impact one man of principle can make upon a country and its defining values. More

The Voice Gallery: Travels with a Glass Throat
by Keath Fraser
Publisher: Thomas Allen

The Voice Gallery: Travels with a Glass Throat

For twenty years, Keath Fraser battled a rare vocal disorder. Misled by the medical establishment, the Vancouver-based award-winning novelist and short story writer believed his problem was psychological until he discovered aid in botulinum toxin. With a new diagnosis, he set on a global quest for others who had undergone similar experiences, to write this memoir about the wonders and frailties of the human voice. More

The Way of a Ship
by Derek Lundy
Publisher: Random House

The Way of a Ship

Lundy, an experienced amateur sailor, offers a gale-force recreation of a late 19th-century sqaure-rigger voyage. Inspired by the experience of his great-great-uncle Benjamin Lundy, who signed up for unimaginatively hard duty on a similar commercial vessel in the 1880s, the author combines the few facts he had with what he learned from maritime museums to fabricate an imaginary voyage from Liverpool to San Francisco via the treacherous Cape Horn. More

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Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize

Winner! peter among th towring boxes
by bill bissett
Publisher: Talonbooks

peter among th towring boxes

In his latest collection, legendary poet and artist bissett counterposes his usual biting and often comic interrogation of the sociopolitical events towering around us like boxes out of which we need to work our way, by a recurring dream of a future poisoned earth locked in global war. The author of over sixty collections, bissett won the Dorothy Livesay Prize in 1993 for inkorrect thots. He currently divides his time between Toronto and Vancouver. More

The Breath You Take from the Lord
by Patrick Friesen
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

The Breath You Take from the Lord

Drawing on old stories, the stark prairie landscape, the rain and mist of the West Coast, and the characters of his childhood, Patrick Friesen takes the reader on a human quest for the divine . . . and confirms his reputation as one of Canada’s finest and most versatile poets. A Winnipeg resident for thirty years, Friesen now lives in Vancouver, teaching at Kwantlen University College. His collection A Broken Bowl was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award. More

Ground Water
by Colin Browne
Publisher: Talonbooks

Ground Water

Inspired by map-making, with its representations of “ground” and “water,” this collection investigates elements of the spiritual topography of the 20th century. Moreover, it examines the conventional symbology passed on to the poet/mapmaker by his ancestors. A Governor General’s Award nominee, Browne is also a documentary filmmaker and co-founder of the Kootenay School of Writing. He lives in Vancouver. More

My Father’s Cup
by Tom Wayman
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

My Father’s Cup

Even examining the emotions that arise when a parent dies, when faith withers, and the awareness of one’s own mortality grows, Wayman’s collection is as light as it is serious, as he continues to dissect aspects of our work-obsessed culture with insight and humour. A multiple award-winning poet, and “guru of the work poetry movement,” he currently teaches at the University of Calgary and remains Squire of Appledore, his estate in the Selkirk Mountains in Southeastern BC. More

Shameless
by Marlene Cookshaw
Publisher: Brick Books

Shameless

A meticulous wordsmith whose method slows the reader down, forcing close attention to the particulars of landscape, conversation, and gesture, Cookshaw has made her third collection about accommodation, change, and acceptance. She teaches at the Victoria School of Writing, edits The Malahat Review, and has served on juries for writing awards including the Dorothy Livesay Prize. Cookshaw currently lives on Pender Island, BC. More

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Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize

Winner! Tong: The Story of Tong Louie, Vancouver’s Quiet Titan
by Ernest Perrault
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

Tong: The Story of Tong Louie, Vancouver’s Quiet Titan

Part biography, part history, and brimming with archival photos, Tong traces not only one man’s journey from the Chinese ghetto to the affluent echelons of BC society, but informs part of our past that too often goes untold. Perrault is the author of bestselling novels The Kingdom Carver, Spoil!, and Twelfth Mile, among other books. He is also a writer for film, radio, and television, whose documentary films have won national and international awards. More

E. J. Hughes
by Ian Thom
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre

E. J. Hughes

Illustrated with over 100 images, this is the first full-scale volume to honour the artistic life and work of E. J. Hughes, whose talent for depicting BC’s landscapes and seascapes in a way that both he and viewers believe it should be, rather than actually is, allowed a fresh understanding of this region. Thom, a Senior Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery, provides an assessment of Hughes’ contribution to BC and Canadian art. He is the author of several books, including Art BC: Masterworks from British Columbia and Andy Warhol Images.

Indian Myths and Legends from the North Pacific Coast of America
by Randy Bouchard, Dorothy Kennedy
Publisher: Talonbooks

Indian Myths and Legends from the North Pacific Coast of America

This translation of Franz Boas’s 1895 edition of Indianische Sagen von der Nord-Pacifischen Küste Amerikas—“almost equivalent to the discovery of a group of 150-year-olds . . . anxious to share their knowledge”—has been long overdue. Ethnographer/linguist Bouchard and sociocultural anthropologist Dr. Kennedy are directors of the BC Indian Language Project. More

The Last Island: A Naturalist’s Sojourn on Triangle Island
by Alison Watt
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

The Last Island: A Naturalist’s Sojourn on Triangle Island

Told in diary form and illustrated with watercolour paintings, The Last Island blends native legends, evolutionary theory, and scientific knowledge to recreate sensuous details of this bird sanctuary far off the northern tip of Vancouver Island. Watt has worked as a seabird researcher and naturalist in parks across BC. She is also a published poet and painter who works and teaches out of her studio on Protection Island, near Nanaimo. More

Launching History: The Saga of Burrard Dry Dock
by Francis Mansbridge
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

Launching History: The Saga of Burrard Dry Dock

When Alfred Wallace opened a shipbuilding yard at the north end of Granville Street Bridge in 1894, he had little idea that the business would last nearly 100 years. With over 150 photos, this fascinating history includes stories of some of the famed ships of the Union Steamship Co. that opened up the BC coast. A former English professor, Mansbridge is currently an archivist at the North Vancouver Museum and archives. More

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Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize

Winner! Flood
by James Heneghan
Publisher: Groundwood

Flood

Is blood thicker than water? Rescued by Little People from the flood that killed his mother and stepfather, Andy is transplanted to Halifax to live with Aunt Mona, whom he has never met. But when he learns that his father is alive, he hatches a new plan. Heneghan has won numerous awards including the Sheila Egoff Prize in 2001 for The Grave. He immigrated to Canada from Liverpool in 1957 and currently lives in Vancouver. More

The Gold Diggers Club
by Karen Rivers
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers

The Gold Diggers Club

In this sequel to Waiting to Dive, ten-year-old Carly and her friends decide to do a history project of Brother XII and discover that he may have buried a large stash of gold on the island where her family has a cabin. But when the weather turns nasty, they find themselves in for more adventure than they bargained for. Born in Nanaimo, Rivers has written four novels, including Waiting to Dive, shortlisted for a Sheila Egoff Prize in 2000. She lives in Victoria.

Jeannie and the Gentle Giants
by Luanne Armstrong
Publisher: Ronsdale Press

Jeannie and the Gentle Giants

When Jeannie is placed with foster parents on a farm, she wants only to run away. But gradually, with the help of two wonderful workhorses, and their perceptive owner, she learns not only to ride, but to love and trust again. As a child, Armstrong lived on a farm in the Kootenays where she learned about draft horses and horse logging. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC, and is the managing editor of Hodgepog Books. More

The Losers’ Club
by John Lekich
Publisher: Annick Press

The Losers’ Club

Alex would like to blend in and keep a low profile in high school, but his plan is thwarted when he becomes a hero to a group of so-called “losers.” Amusing and entertaining, The Losers’ Club explores bullying, self-esteem, and peer pressure to show that sometimes good things can happen to losers. Vancouver-based (and born) Lekich is a film reviewer for The Georgia Straight and is also the author of Reel Adventures: The Savvy Teen’s Guide to Great Movies. More

Losing Forever
by Gayle Friesen
Publisher: Kids Can Press

Losing Forever

Shortlisted for a Red Maple Award, Losing Forever traces the struggles of Jes, whose recently divorced parents, new stepfather, and “evil” stepsister threaten her relationships with friends, boys, and her family. Gently, Friesen guides the reader to an understanding of how difficult things in life can make us stronger. Friesen studied English Literature at UBC and is the acclaimed author of Janey’s Girl, a Governor General’s Award finalist. She lives in Delta. More

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Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize

Winner! Salmon Creek
by Annette LeBox, Karen Reczuch
Publisher: Groundwood

Salmon Creek

This lyrical non-fiction book traces the life cycle of the Pacific salmon by telling the story of one coho, Sumi, from her birth in a remote creek, to her final hours when she spawns and dies. LeBox is the author of several picture books and novels. She lives near Blaney Bog, in Maple Ridge. Reczuch has illustrated many acclaimed books including the award-winning Just Like New, by Ainslee Manson. She lives in Acton, Ontario. More

Amber Waiting
by Nan Gregory, Kady Macdonald Denton
Publisher: Red Deer Press

Amber Waiting

In this delightful pairing of author and illustrator, a young girl finds an imaginative way to help her father understand the frustration of waiting for him to pick her up from kindergarten. Popular Vancouver-based author Nan Gregory has been a professional storyteller since 1984 and published writer since 1995. MacDonald Denton is the award-winning author and illustrator of many children’s books. She lives in Brandon, Manitoba. More

How Sleep Found Tabitha
by Maggie de Vries, Sheena Lott
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers

How Sleep Found Tabitha

In this bedtime story for reluctant sleepyheads, a young girl imagines a host of animal friends to bring her sleep, yet sleep comes eventually from an unexpected place. Editor and teacher, de Vries is the author of the picture book Once Upon a Golden Apple, and the chapter book, Chance and the Butterfly. She divides her time between Vancouver and Victoria. Lott is a Victoria-based award-winning artist who has illustrated a number of popular picture books including the bestselling Jessie’s Island. More

The Klondike Cat
by Julie Lawson, Paul Mombourquette
Publisher: Kids Can Press

The Klondike Cat

Noah and his dad journey to the Klondike seeking gold, with a feline stowaway. Will Noah’s pet cat be the burden his dad supposes, or will she prove to be worth her weight in gold? Lawson, a former teacher, won the Sheila Egoff Award in 1994 for Jade Tiger Beach, and was shortlisted for Emma and the Silk Train in 1997. She was born and raised in Victoria and lives in Sooke. Mombourquette is a computor animator and children’s book illustrator. He currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. More

Solomon’s Tree
by Andrea Spalding, Janet Wilson
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Solomon’s Tree

When a storm uproots the Big Old Maple outside his house, Solomon is devastated, but through the healing process of making a mask from its wood he learns that the cycle of life continues. Author, musician, actress, and storyteller Spalding was inspired to write this book after a mask-carving workshop with Tsimpshian master-carver Victor Reece. She lives on Pender Island. Award-winning illustrator Wilson is known for the meticulous research she brings to her work. She lives in Elora, Ontario. More

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BC Booksellers' Choice Award in Honour of Bill Duthie

Winner! Skookum Tugs: British Columbia’s Working Tugboats
by Robb Douglas, Peter A. Robson, Betty Keller
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

Skookum Tugs: British Columbia’s Working Tugboats

Magnificent colour photos with engaging text capture the spirit of BC’s tugboat industry and the beauty of BC’s waterways, following boats as they catch swells, navigate deadly tidal rapids, and squeeze through a maze of boats and bridges. For Skookum Tugs, veteran photographer Douglas donned a pair of caulk boots and learned to run up and down logs with his cameras as nimbly as a boom man. He lives in North Vancouver. More

Dear Sad Goat
by Bill Richardson
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre

Dear Sad Goat

With real letters and phone calls submitted to Richardson’s Roundup from CBC listeners, Dear Sad Goat presents the everyday stories of everyday Canadians reflecting life in every part of Canada . . . from the joys and mishaps of travelling abroad, to learning to shave, to building a campfire. A very popular humourist, author, and broadcaster, Richardson’s first novel, Bachelor Brothers’ Bed and Breakfast, won him the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. He lives in Vancouver. More

E. J. Hughes
by Ian Thom
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre

E. J. Hughes

Illustrated with over 100 images, this is the first full-scale volume to honour the artistic life and work of E. J. Hughes, whose talent for depicting BC’s landscapes and seascapes in a way that both he and viewers believe it should be, rather than actually is, allowed a fresh understanding of this region. Thom, a Senior Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery, provides an assessment of Hughes’ contribution to BC and Canadian art. He is the author of several books, including Art BC: Masterworks from British Columbia and Andy Warhol Images.

Historical Atlas of Canada
by Derek Hayes
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre

Historical Atlas of Canada

Illustrating Canada’s history with maps, geographer and award-winning author Hayes shows us the way things were—and often how little was known or what was thought to be known—in a unique geographical way. Included are maps by Samuel de Champlain, James Cook, and other European surveyers, along with those drawn by the native Beothuk, Blackfoot, and Cree. Vancouver-based Hayes is the author of the Historical Atlas of British Columbia and the North Pacific Ocean. More

The Last Island: A Naturalist’s Sojourn on Triangle Island
by Alison Watt
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

The Last Island: A Naturalist’s Sojourn on Triangle Island

Told in diary form and illustrated with watercolour paintings, The Last Island blends native legends, evolutionary theory, and scientific knowledge to recreate sensuous details of this bird sanctuary far off the northern tip of Vancouver Island. Watt has worked as a seabird researcher and naturalist in parks across BC. She is also a published poet and painter who works and teaches out of her studio on Protection Island, near Nanaimo. More

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