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Betty Keller wins 2015 B.C. Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence

obj876geo486pg7p46The West Coast Book Prize Society has named Betty Keller the recipient of the 12th annual Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence.

The $5,000 prize aims to recognize exceptional B.C. writers who have “contributed to the development of literary excellence in the province.”

Keller is an award-winning author, editor, playwright, teacher, co-founder of the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts and its writers-in-residence program, and proud third-generation B.C. resident.

The jury – comprising YA author, children’s librarian, and 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Award winner Kit Pearson; Vancouver Public Library chief librarian Sandra Singh; and writer and artist Michael Kluckner – says in a press release:

Betty Keller has long been a passionate and versatile contributor to the B.C. writing community. Her fiction, biographies, drama, non-fiction, and articles provide unique perspectives on the province she has lived in all her life … We are delighted to recognize her remarkable literary career and her outstanding community contributions.

B.C. Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon will present the award, along with the other B.C. Book Prizes, at a gala in Vancouver on April 25.