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Awards: Inaugural Whistler Independent Book Awards nominees announced

The Whistler Writers Festival (photo: Tourism Whistler)

The Whistler Writers Festival (photo: Tourism Whistler)

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

Crime fiction

  • 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