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B.C. Book Prizes nominees announced

The nominees have been announced  for the 30th annual B.C. Book Prizes, which recognize authors from the province in seven categories. This year’s Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize features an all female shortlist.

The winners will be announced at a gala in Vancouver on May 3. The recipient of the 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence will be announced at a second public event, the B.C. Book Prize Soirée (to be held at a later date), where nominees will collectively receive $14,000 in cash prizes. A selection of the shortlisted authors will participate in a reading tour across the province in April.

The nominees are:

Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize:

Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize (for the book that contributes most to the enjoyment and understanding of B.C.):

  • Sean Kheraj, Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History (University of British Columbia Press)
  • Rolf Knight, Voyage Through the Past Century (New Star Books)
  • David Stouck, Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life (Douglas & McIntyre)
  • Graeme Truelove, Svend Robinson: A Life in Politics (New Star)
  • Robin K. Wright, Daina Augaitis, eds., with Robert Davidson and James Hart, Charles Edenshaw (Vancouver Art Gallery and Black Dog Publishing)

Hubert Evans Non-fiction Prize:

Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize:

Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize:

Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize (awarded for the best non-illustrated book written for children):

Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award (presented to the originating publisher and author(s) of the best book in terms of public appeal, initiative, design, production, and content):