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Esi Edugyan among Victoria Book Prize nominees

Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Esi Edugyan is among the nominees for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize.

Edugyan’s Half-Blood Blues (Thomas Allen Publishers) will vie for the $5,000 prize with one other novel, William Deverell‘s mystery I’ll See You in My Dreams (McClelland & Stewart), and a trio of non-fiction works: Madeline Sonik‘s Afflictions and Departures (Anvil Press), Mark Zuehlke‘s Breakout from Juno: First Canadian Army and the Normandy Campaign, July 4“August 21, 1944 (Douglas & McIntyre), and All the Dirt: Reflections on Organic Farming (TouchWood Editions) by Rachel Fisher, Heather Stretch, and Robin Tunnicliffe.

The finalists for the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize are: Nowhere Else on Earth: Standing Tall for the Great Bear Rainforest (Orca Book Publishers) by Caitlyn Vernon, and the novels The Whole Truth (HarperCollins Canada) by Kit Pearson and I’ll Be Watching (Groundwood Books) by Pamela Porter.

The winners will be announced Oct. 10.