The West Coast Book Prize Society has announced the shortlists for its annual B.C. Book Prizes, spotlighting the province’s authors and publishers in seven categories.
Scotiabank Giller Prize nominees Alix Hawley and Anakana Schofield were named finalists for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, for All True Not a Lie In It (Knopf Canada) and Martin John (Biblioasis), respectively, while other shortlists include such authors as Emily Urquhart for Beyond the Pale: Folklore, Family and the Mystery of Our Hidden Genes (HarperCollins Canada) for best literary non-fiction, Julie Morstad and Sara O’Leary for This Is Sadie (Tundra Books) for best picture book, and Susan Juby (The Truth Commission, Razorbill Canada) and Susin Nielsen (We Are All Made of Molecules, Tundra) for best non-illustrated book for young people.
The full list of nominees is available on the prize website. Select finalists will embark on a cross-province reading tour in April. Winners will be named at the Lieutenant Governor’s B.C. Book Prizes Gala at Victoria’s Government House on April 30.