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Edugyan, Gill, Davis win B.C. Book Prizes

Victoria author Esi Edugyan can add one more honour to her long list of achievements. Edugyan’s 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize“winning novel, Half-Blood Blues (Thomas Allen Publishers), was awarded the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize at the B.C. Book Prizes, which were handed out at a gala in Vancouver on May 12.

Charlotte Gill’s tree-planting memoir, Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe (Greystone Books), which received the 2012 British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-fiction in February, won the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize.

The late Chuck Davis posthumously won the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize and the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award for The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver (Harbour Publishing). The historian and broadcaster died on Nov. 20, 2010, but his 592-page tome, which he referred to as the “capstone” of his writing career, was completed by friends and colleagues. It was published in November 2011 to coincide with what would have been Davis’s 76th birthday.

Other B.C. Book Prize winners include:

  • Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize: John Pass, crawlspace (Harbour)
  • Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize: Sara O’Leary; Julie Morstad, illus., When I Was Small (Simply Read Books)
  • Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize: Moira Young, Blood Red Road (Doubleday Canada)

Each of the winners received $2,000, with the exception of Brian Brett, who was presented with a $5,000 prize for the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence.