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2005 Winners & Finalists

 

Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize

Sponsored by Friesens and Transcontinental Printers
Judges: John Harris, David Watmough and John Burns

Winner! Beyond Measure
by Pauline Holdstock
Publisher: Cormorant Books

Beyond Measure

In this Giller Prize-nominated novel, the artistic world of mid-16th Century Italy comes to life through the eyes of a piebald slave sold to an artist in service of Giuliano de Medici. When several unfortunate incidents occur, the artist’s wife believes her to be a curse and demands that she be sent away. From this starting point, Chiara works her way from painter to painter, observing the games the artists play on each other and the rivalries that fuel their artistic creations. Holdstock was born in England and moved to Vancouver in 1974. She now lives in Sidney. Beyond Measure is her sixth novel. More

The Apprenticeship of Dr. Laverty
by Patrick Taylor
Publisher: Insomniac Press

The Apprenticeship of Dr. Laverty

James Herriot for humans: set in a general medical practice in the eccentric Ulster village of Ballybucklebo in 1964, Dr. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly is a 56-year-old, unmarried country doctor, who runs his office along unorthodox lines. Joined by Dr. Barry Laverty, a new medical graduate (and a cast of outlandish village inhabitants) the novel explores the often stormy relationship between the two doctors. Born in Ireland, Taylor immigrated to Canada in 1971 to pursue a career in academic medicine. He retired in 2001 to write and sail full-time. He lives on Bowen Island and this is his third book of fiction.

The Best Thing for You
by Annabel Lyon
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

The Best Thing for You

In three novellas, the highly acclaimed author of Oxygen reveals the potential for darkness that lurks behind even the most perfect-seeming veneer. From her take on a present-day middle-class Vancouver family set on edge when their son is charged in connection with the beating of a disabled man, to her film-noirish title novella following a murderous housewife and other deadly obsessions, Lyon has demonstrated herself to be one of Canada’s boldest and most exciting new voices. A frequent contributor to The Vancouver Sun and the Globe & Mail, Lyon has also studied music, philosophy, and law. She lives in Vancouver, where she writes full-time. More

A Man in a Distant Field
by Theresa Kishkan
Publisher: The Dundurn Group

A Man in a Distant Field

In Kishkan’s second novel, a man is torn from his home, wife, and children. Maddened with grief and brought low by weariness, he nonetheless overcomes endless obstacles to return home, altered but unbroken. If that story evokes The Odyssey, it’s no coincidence: Homer’s epic poem of the ill-fated wanderer underpins this novel even as the protagonist seeks to produce a more perfect translation. Kishkan has lived on both coasts of Canada as well as in Greece, England, and Ireland. She currently lives on the Sechelt Peninsula with her husband and three children where they run a small private press, High Ground Press. More

Sointula
by Bill Gaston
Publisher: Raincoast Books

Sointula

At the heart of Sointula is Evelyn, a middle-aged woman who abandons the trappings of her civilized life, steals a kayak, and embarks on a quest that takes her deep into the wilderness. The goal: to find her strange, damaged son in the remote village of Sointula. Bill Gaston is the author of The Good Body and Mount Appetite, which was shortlisted for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize in 2003. He currently lives in Victoria.

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Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize

Sponsored by Abebooks
Judges: Maria Tippett, Lynne Bowen and George Fetherling

Winner! The Last Heathen
by Charles Montgomery
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre

The Last Heathen

In 1892, the Bishop of Tasmania set sail for Melanesia with the intent of rescuing islanders from lives of fear, black magic, and cannibalism. Over 100 years later, his great grandson, Charles Montgomery, followed the bishop’s route through the South Pacific, seeking out the spirits and myths his missionary forebear had sought to destroy. The Last Heathen won the Charles Taylor Prize for Non-fiction and was nominated for two Writers’ Trust Awards. An acclaimed non-fiction writer whose themes include travel, history, the environment, and globalization, Montgomery divides his time between Vancouver and Mexico City. More

First Invaders: The Literary Origins of British Columbia
by Alan Twigg
Publisher: Ronsdale Press

First Invaders: The Literary Origins of British Columbia

This unprecedented volume about BC’s earliest authors and first explorers provides a fascinating range of characters, events, and intrigues. With more than fifty pre-nineteenth-century characters presented, each with his or her own entry and bibliography, Twigg has researched and skillfully introduced the first people to write about the West Coast of Canada, provided extracts, gathered images, taken photographs, and let the composite story unravel like a mini-series. Twigg, who founded BC Bookworld in 1987, has written ten books and, with Simon Fraser University, produced the website http://www.abcbookworld.com. More

Greenpeace: How a Group of Ecologists, Journalists, and Visionaries Changed the World
by Rex Weyler
Publisher: Raincoast Books

Greenpeace: How a Group of Ecologists, Journalists, and Visionaries Changed the World

“Ecology? Look it up. You’re involved.”  With this slogan, the group that would become “Greenpeace” launched its first campaign and sparked a mind-shift that has literally changed how we think about the world around us. In the decade from 1969 to 1979, Greenpeace evolved from a loosely organized protest-group in Vancouver into an international phenomenon. Weyler was a co-founder of Greenpeace International and a director of Greenpeace Canada until 1982. His photographs and essays have appeared in numerous periodicals and he is the author of the classic Chop Wood, Carry Water. A co-founder of Hollyhock Educational Institute, Weyler lives in Vancouver.

The Slocan: Portrait of a Valley
by Katherine Gordon
Publisher: Sono Nis Press

The Slocan: Portrait of a Valley

Although barely 120 years old in terms of European settlement, the Slocan Valley, in the heart of the Southern Interior, has been the amphitheatre in which much of BC’s and Canada’s most dramatic history has played out. Gordon paints an engaging, vivid portrait of a living valley and tells the compelling stories of its people. Since 1995, Gordon has worked in aboriginal treaty negotiations, first in New Zealand and now in Victoria. She has contributed to such publications as Beautiful British Columbia magazine, North & South, and Action Asia, among others. More

There is a Season
by Patrick Lane
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

There is a Season

Lane has gardened for as long as he can remember, and sees his garden’s life as intertwined with his own. When he gave up drinking, after years of addiction, he found solace and healing in tending to his yard. In this memoir, also nominated for the Charles Taylor Prize for Non-fiction, Lane relates stories of his hard early life in the context of the landscape he’s created. As he observes the seasonal changes, a plant or a bird or the way a tree bends in the wind brings to mind an episode from his storied past. Lane is the author of twenty-one books of poetry, and has received many awards for his writing. He lives near Victoria. More

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Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize

Sponsored by the BC Teachers’ Federation
Judges: Brad Cran, Crispin Elsted and Angela Hryniuk

Winner! Robinson’s Crossing
by Jan Zwicky
Publisher: Brick Books

Robinson’s Crossing

The poems in this book arise from Robinson’s Crossing, the place where the railway ends and European settlers arriving in Northern Alberta had to cross the Pembina River and advance by wagon or on foot. The poetry enacts the pause at the frontier, where we reflect on the realities of colonial experience, as well as on the nature of living here and on historical dwelling itself. Zwicky has published four previous collections of poetry, including Songs for Relinquishing the Earth, which won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 1999. She currently teaches at the University of Victoria. More

Go Leaving Strange
by Patrick Lane
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

Go Leaving Strange

Poems that explore the darker side of human consciousness and desire provide a landscape of pity and regret in the author’s latest collection. Yet, it’s underscored with redemption and hope, life and beauty. Lane lives near Victoria with his wife. More

The Hunger
by D. C. Reid
Publisher: Ekstasis Editions

The Hunger

In this collection of lyric nature poetry, Reid explores the realm of sex and landscape in words that flow together the way water moves around rock. Reminiscent of American poet Robert Hass, Reid’s poems offer the elusive beauty of luminous landscapes, their lines and meaning lifting like blue mountains rising from the sea. Reid has also written fiction and several non-fiction books on fishing. Reid’s previous book of poems, Love and Other Things that Hurt, was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 1999. He lives in Victoria, BC.

The Possible Past
by Aislinn Hunter
Publisher: Polestar Books

The Possible Past

A meditation on time and the meaning of history, this collection by the author of Into the Early Hours (winner of the Gerald Lampert Award and shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 2001) is an inquiry into both the abundant riches and the tensile limits of language and memory. The author of three other critically acclaimed books, Hunter was born in Belleville, Ontario, and lived in Dublin, Ireland, before making her home in Vancouver.

The Startled Heart
by Eve Joseph
Publisher: Oolichan Books

The Startled Heart

In this collection, recent dead appear alongside old ghosts, last breaths become indistinguishable from lost songs, and details surface from long-ago encounters with people the poet has loved. These ghazals induce reverie and yet argue against the revered, and they provide a way to hold the spiritual and the physical in the same realm: to see the light as it’s leaving. Eve Joseph grew up in North Vancouver. As a young woman she worked on freighters and travelled widely before moving to Vancouver Island where she now works at Victoria Hospice.

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Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize

Sponsored by Sandhill Book Marketing, Dempsey Distributing and the BC Branch of the Editors Association of Canada / Association canadienne des réviseurs and an anonymous donor
Judges: Richard Hopkins, Theresa Kishkan and Rosemary Neering

Winner! A Stain Upon the Sea: West Coast Salmon Farming
by Stephen Hume, Alexandra Morton, Betty C. Keller, Rosella M. Leslie, Otto Langer and Don Staniford
Publisher: Harbour

A Stain Upon the Sea: West Coast Salmon Farming

A Stain Upon the Sea is an indispensable critique of fish farming practices used in BC and abroad, featuring an all-star cast of contributors. Victoria-based Hume examines the industry through the eyes of the Nuxalk and Heiltsuk Nations and incorporates case studies from Ireland and Alaska. Historians Keller and Leslie explain the development of the industry in BC while biologist Morton analyzes the biology of sea lice. Former federal employee Langer gives an in-depth account of the bureaucratic nightmare that exempted the industry from environmental review. And, finally, scientist Staniford analyzes the health risk this poses to humans. More

The Greenpeace to Amchitka: An Environmental Odyssey
by Robert Hunter and Robert Keziere
Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press

The Greenpeace to Amchitka: An Environmental Odyssey

In 1971, a handful of activists boarded a small fishing boat in Vancouver and headed towards a tiny island off Alaska to stop nuclear tests. Based on a manuscript originally written over thirty years ago, Hunter vividly depicts the peculiar odyssey that led to the formation of Greenpeace, the most powerful environmental organization in the world. Named one of the ten eco-heroes of the twentieth century by Time magazine, Hunter is a writer, broadcaster, and speaker on environmental issues. He won a Governor General’s Award for his 1991 book Occupied Canada. He lives in Toronto. The book features photographs taken during the voyage by Keziere, who lives in Vancouver. More

L. D.: Mayor Louis Taylor and the Rise of Vancouver
by Daniel Francis
Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press

L. D.: Mayor Louis Taylor and the Rise of Vancouver

This is the colourful biography of Louis Taylor, the longest-serving mayor in Vancouver’s history. Known as L. D., Taylor arrived from Chicago in 1896 and jumped into politics as early as 1910. His political career was a myriad of highs and lows, including everything from implications in a police investigation, bigamy, and divorce scandals to establishing the airport and the water board. The author and editor of more than fifteen books, including the Encyclopedia of British Columbia, Francis lives in North Vancouver. More

Plants of Haida Gwaii
by Nancy J. Turner
Publisher: Sono Nis Press

Plants of Haida Gwaii

Written with the cooperation and collaboration of the Haida, Turner has compiled a detailed and insightful record of the uses and importance to the Haida of over 150 species of native plants. Moreover, she explains the knowledge and understanding that enabled the Haida to sustainably use the resources of their islands, from one generation to the next for thousands of years. Turner is internationally known for her work in ethnobotany, the study of plants and cultures, and is a Distinguished Professor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. More

Surveying Northern British Columbia: A Photo Journal of Frank Swannell
by Jay Sherwood
Publisher: Caitlin Press

Surveying Northern British Columbia: A Photo Journal of Frank Swannell

Considered one of BC’s most famous pioneer surveyors, Frank Swannell surveyed much of Northern BC for the provincial government between 1908 and 1914, taking many striking photographs of the area and its people. Sherwood has culled the best photographs and journals from both the BC Archives collection and that of the BC land surveyors to create a vivid illustration of Northern BC during this time. Sherwood spent several years working as a land surveyor before he began teaching in Vanderhoof, BC, where he was president of the Nechako Valley Historical Society. He currently lives in Vancouver, where he works as a teacher-librarian. More

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Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize

Sponsored by the BC Library Association
Judges: Carolyn Cutt, Irene Watts and Bill Valgardson

Winner! Miss Smithers
by Susan Juby
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada

Miss Smithers

In this follow-up to Alice, I Think, sixteen-year-old Alice MacLeod, the alienated, vegetarian, former-homeschooled teen, enters the Miss Smithers Pageant under the sponsorship of the Rod & Gun Club, motivated not by prospect of world-wide fame, but by the tantalizing $400 clothes allowance. Juby dropped out of fashion-design college at a young age. After obtaining a BA at the University of British Columbia, she went to work in publishing and is now completing her master’s degree in publishing. More

The Alchemist’s Daughter
by Eileen Kernaghan
Publisher: Thistledown Press

The Alchemist’s Daughter

In a world of Renaissance magic, dire portents, and dangerous secrets, eighteen-year-old Sidonie Quince has inherited from her dead mother the ability to foresee the future. Sidonie, whose true interest is in the rational world of mathematics, is frightened by her powers of vision, knowing that they brought about her mother’s death. Soon, however, she finds herself on a quest to save her father and her country. This fantasy novel is Kernaghan’s sixth of the genre. She lives in New Westminster. More

Francesca and the Magic Bike
by Cynthia Nugent
Publisher: Raincoast Books

Francesca and the Magic Bike

Frankie is just ten, but she’s already seen a world of trouble. Her mother has died, and she is sent to live with her father, a failed, bumbling musician, who is nice enough but can’t quite live up to his promise to be a good parent. So when the elderly lady next door presents Frankie with an unusual bike and a mission—to recover a long-lost precious family heirloom—life takes a decidedly more exciting turn. Nugent is an award-winning Vancouver-based artist as well as a teacher, who has illustrated several picture books. This is her first novel.

Gold Rush Orphan
by Sandy Frances Duncan
Publisher: Ronsdale Press

Gold Rush Orphan

Hardship and adventure, lawless streets and uncharted wilderness . . . Jeremy Britain, a young teen in search of the motherlode during the 1890s, experiences these challenges and so much more. This remarkable piece of historical fiction is based on Duncan’s grandfather’s journal entries of his 1898 trip to the Klondike Gold Rush. This isn’t some dry recounting of history; this is a powerful coming-of-age tale set in one of BC’s most turbulent eras. Duncan is the author of ten books, including The Toothpaste Genie and Listen to Me, Grace Kelly. More

Kat’s Fall
by Shelley Hrdlitschka
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Kat’s Fall

Darcy’s mother is getting out of jail, ten years after being convicted of throwing his baby sister, Kat, off a fifth-floor balcony. Now, after a decade raising his little sister, his father is about to take off, leaving the two of them back in their mother’s care, and Darcy is adamant that he will not subject Kat to the woman who once tried to murder her. This is Hrdlitschka’s fourth teen novel and was recently selected for inclusion by the New York Public Library’s 2005 Books for Teen Age List. She lives in North Vancouver. More

White Girl
by Sylvia Olsen
Publisher: Sono Nis Press

White Girl

Until she is fourteen, Josie is pretty ordinary. Then her Mom meets Martin, “a real ponytail Indian,” and before long, Josie finds herself living on a reserve, where she’s White, and most seem to see her only for her blond hair and blue eyes. Sylvia Olsen was born and brought up in Victoria and married into the Tsartlip First Nation when she was seventeen. For more than thirty years she has lived in the Tsartlip community. She currently works in the area of First Nations community management, with a focus on reserve housing. More

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Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize

Sponsored by an anonymous donor
Judges: Barbara Nichol, Andrea Spalding and Ron Lightburn

Winner! Goodbye to Griffith Street
by Marilynn Reynolds
Illustrated by Renné Benoit
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Goodbye to Griffith Street

Marilynn Reynolds lived at 693 Griffith Street in Sudbury, Ontario, until 1947 when, just after her seventh birthday, her parents separated and she and her mother moved away. They left in the summer and she never had a chance to say goodbye. Now, through her character, John, she has imagined a better leave-taking. Reynolds is the award-winning author of many popular books and lives in Victoria. This is Benoit’s first picture book. She is based in Leamington, Ontario.

The Moccasins
by Earl Einarson
Illustrated by Julie Flett
Publisher: Theytus Books

The Moccasins

Dedicated to “all foster parents who give of themselves and provide love when it is most needed,” The Moccasins is the story of a young Aboriginal child whose foster mother gives him a gift that resonates for a lifetime. Einarson is a member of the Ktunaza First Nation and this is his first book. Flett’s simple line drawings are rendered with love, with special details on the moccasins, and tiny crows on each page, bringing protection. More

Owls
by Adrienne Mason
Illustrated by Nancy Gray Ogle
Publisher: Kids Can Press

Owls

In this look at the two main groups of owls—typical owls and barn owls—readers discover where they live, what they eat, how they learn, and much more. Why do owls hoot, whistle, and scream? What is a group of them called? Mason, a biologist and the author of Bats, Oceans, and Mealworms, has the answers. Owls is illustrated by Ontario-based naturalist and art teacher Nancy Gray Ogle. Mason lives in Tofino. More

Ride ‘em Cowboy
by Stefan Czernecki
Publisher: Simply Read Books

Ride ‘em Cowboy

A day on the range begins when the rooster’s crowin’ and the cowboys saddle up their horses. At the end of a long day of work, they kick up their heels, square dancin’ and singin’ and spendin’ their pay, until it’s time for bed and dreams of ridin’ rodeo someday. Bold photographs, using authentic folk art and handcrafted props in make-believe scenarios, illustrate the playful story in this picture book. Author and illustrator Czernecki has created over twenty-five books. He lives in Vancouver.

When They Are Up
by Richard Thompson and Maggee Spicer
Illustrated by Kirsti Anne Wakelin
Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside

When They Are Up

When the Grand Old Duke of York orders his soldiers to march up or down the hill, they do his bidding but, more often than not, they stop halfway up to do silly things such as knit overcoats for rocks, throw pies at each other, or wrestle with grizzly bears. Thompson and Spicer are a husband and wife writing team based in Prince George. He is a well-known storyteller and she is a school teacher and yoga instructor. Wakelin is a freelance artist, illustrator, writer, and graphic designer living in Vancouver. More

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BC Booksellers' Choice Award in Honour of Bill Duthie

Sponsored by the BC Booksellers’ Association and Duthie Books
Judged by the membership of the BC Booksellers’ Association

Winner! Birds of the Raincoast: Habits and Habitat
by Harvey Thommasen, Kevin Hutchings, R. Wayne Campbell, Mark Hume
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

Birds of the Raincoast: Habits and Habitat

In an engaging, familiar style enlivened by Thommasen and Hutchings’s personal experience and highlighted with intriguing facts by renowned bird biologist Campbell, Birds of the Raincoast is an indispensable tool not just for learning how to find coastal birds, but for gaining an understanding of their natural history. Hutchings is an English Professor at UNBC in Prince George. Thommasen is a physician, researcher, and naturalist who makes his home in Bella Coola. More

Home: Tales of a Heritage Farm
by Anny Scoones
Publisher: Hedgerow Press

Home: Tales of a Heritage Farm

In this collection of stories, Scoones conveys some of the challenges, joys, and griefs involved in preserving Glamorgam Farm in North Saanich—one of the oldest farms on Vancouver Island—for future generations to enjoy. She also explains how a period of solitary imprisonment in Russia led to her purchase of the farm and to the philosophy that underlies her way of life there. Scoones was raised in Fredericton, NB, but spent summers with her grandmother on Galiano Island. She is an elected councillor for the District of North Saanich. More

Raincoast Chronicles 20: Lilies and Fireweed: Frontier Women of British Columbia
by Stephen Hume
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

Raincoast Chronicles 20: Lilies and Fireweed: Frontier Women of British Columbia

Based on Hume’s 2002 Vancouver Sun series “Frontier Women of BC,” this collection of essays contains stories, photographs, and other materials that have never before been published and delves into the lives of aboriginal and pioneer women who had an important and multifaceted influence on the development of BC. Hume was raised in fishing, farming, and logging communities across Alberta and BC. A journalist for over thirty-five years, he was editor-in-chief at the Edmonton Journal before moving to BC to write for The Vancouver Sun. He currently teaches professional writing at the University of Victoria. More

Souvenir of Canada 2
by Douglas Coupland
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre

Souvenir of Canada 2

Coupland returns to re-inventing Canada following his bestseller that made it clear: Canada is way more than slightly cool. With a heartfelt homage to Terry Fox, nanaimo bars for the soul, unforgettable railway images, and a fetching double-headed Canada goose which will forever change the way you look at hunting decoys, Coupland’s riffs are fresh, never quite predictable, and full of delicious rhythm and subtle humour. An author, artist, and designer, Coupland was born on a Canadian NATO base in Baden-Sollingen, Germany, and raised in West Vancouver, where he still resides. Among his bestsellers are Generation X, Polaroids from the Dead, Microserfs, Miss Wyoming, and City of Glass. More

Tree: A Life Story
by David Suzuki and Wayne Grady
Publisher: Greystone Books

Tree: A Life Story

In this concise and captivating book, augmented with original art by Robert Bateman, renowned scientist and environmentalist David Suzuki and award-winning writer Wayne Grady describe how a single tree grows and receives nourishment, and what role the tree plays in the forest throughout its life. Tree also looks at the community of organisms that share its ecosystem, and its place within the context of the events going on in the larger world during the tree’s lifetime. The founder and chair of the David Suzuki Foundation, Suzuki lives in Vancouver. Grady is the author of eight books of non-fiction. He lives near Kingston, Ontario. More

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Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence

Winner! Robert Bringhurst

bringhurstThe Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence was established in 2003 by the Honourable Iona Campagnolo to recognize British Columbia writers who have contributed to the development of literary excellence in the Province. As the inaugural winner, P. K. Page was selected by an independent jury consisting of three prominent figures from the British Columbia literary community. This year the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence is awarded to Robert Bringhurst.

Robert Bringhurst is a poet, typographer, linguist, critic, designer, translator, teacher, and cultural historian. He has published more than thirty books, eighteen of them books of poetry. His book, The Black Canoe, a study of Bill Reid’s sculpture, is a classic of Native American art history and his book The Elements of Typographic Style is considered the “bible” for typographers the world over. In Canada, Bringhurst is best known for his groundbreaking study of Native Canadian oral literature, A Story As Sharp as a Knife: The Classical Haida Mythtellers and Their World (1999), a work that startled many readers and sparked intense academic and public debate. Two volumes of translation from classical Haida complete the trilogy: Nine Visits to the Mythworld and Being In Being. In 2004, the trilogy earned Bringhurst the Edward Sapir Prize, awarded by the Society for Linguistic Anthropology. Among his more recent books of poetry is Ursa Major (2003), a multilingual work in which characters tell simultaneous stories in English, Latin, Greek, and Cree.

The jury for this year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award, Celia Duthie, Daniel Francis, and P. K. Page (2004 recipient), described Bringhurst as “a true Renaissance man” and noted the extraordinary breadth of his outstanding contribution to Canadian letters:

“It is not easy to get the breadth of him in a few words,” said the jury. “As a poet he is both scientist and visionary, and his use of language is impeccable. There seems to be no end to his inventiveness. Bringhurst’s collaborations with his friend and mentor Bill Reid have illuminated the Haida master sculptor’s work, and his three magisterial books on Haida oral literature, which have been compared to The Iliad in their significance, bring a remarkable BC indigenous literary tradition to the attention of a wide audience. It is impossible to imagine a more worthy recipient of this year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence.

Born in Los Angeles in 1946, Robert Bringhurst was brought to Canada at the age of five, raised largely in Alberta, and has lived and worked in British Columbia since 1973. He currently lives near Heriot Bay on Quadra Island.

The Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence was first conceived of in the Spring of 2002. Led by the late Carol Shields, a group of respected British Columbia writers met with the Honourable Iona Campagnolo to initiate a special Provincial Literary Arts Award. Inspired by Ms. Shields, this meeting resulted in the establishment of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence. The award recognizes a writer who has contributed significantly to the development of literary excellence in British Columbia, and who has written a substantial body of literary work throughout his/her career. The recipient receives a cash award of $5,000 and a commemorative certificate.

The Honourable Iona Campagnolo will present the award to Robert Bringhurst at the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prize Gala, to be held on Saturday, April 30, at the Renaissance Hotel Vancouver Harbourside.

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