The Whistler Writing Society and self-publishing company Vivalolgue have announced the nominees for the first Whistler Independent Book Awards, recognizing Canadian self-published authors writing in four categories.
The shortlists will be selected by members of the Canadian Authors Association, with the winners chosen by a Canadian author relative to each category – Genni Gunn for fiction, J.J. Lee for non-fiction, Linda L. Richards for crime, and Evelyn Lau for poetry – alongside with an appointee of the Whistler Writing Society.
Feedback letters with constructive criticism were sent to all authors who submitted. The winners, who will receive a prize of $500 each, and finalists, who will receive $250, will be revealed at the Literary Cabaret Gala held at Whistler Writers’ Fest on Oct. 14.
The nominees are:
- Mark Alexander, Danny, What Are You Doing?
- Bryna Barclay, The House of the White Elephant
- Donna Barker, Mother Theresa’s Advice for Jilted Lovers
- Ev Bishop, Bigger Things
- Mark Cameron, Goodnight Sunshine
- Curran, Kath, Before It Was Easy
- Ron Duffy, Crossed Lives
- Shawn Gale, The Stories That Make Us
- Laurel Hislop, Chitchat
- Caroline Shepard, Unlit Spaces
- Pamela Roy Bendall, What Was I Thinking? Adventures of a Woman Sailing Solo
- Miji Campbell, Separation Anxiety: A Coming-of-Middle-Age Story
- Graham Clews, The Sound of Silence
- Leslie Hill, Dressed for Dancing: My Sojourn in the Findhorn Foundation
- Monique Layton, The New Arcadia: Tahiti’s Cursed Myth
- Bretton Loney, Rebel with a Cause: The Doc Nikaido Story
- Dawn Service, The Cabin: A Misanthropic Journal
- Oriole Veldhuis, For Elise: Unveiling the Forgotten Woman on the Criddle Homestead
- Megan Williams, Our Interrupted Fairytale
- Maggie Ziegler, The Road to Keringet
- D.F. Bailey, Bone Maker
- T.G. Brown, O’Henry
- Ruth Donald, Sundown on Top of the World
- Gerry Fostaty, Stage Business
- S.G. Wong, In for a Pound
- Alan Woodland, Out of the Mist
- Gloria Barclay, Water Window Mirror
- Connie Braun, Unspoken: An Inheritance of Words
- Rosalind Knight, Songs of Zambia