The finalists for this year’s Vancouver Book Awards, recognizing the titles that best reflect the city’s unique character and residents, have been revealed. A jury comprised of librarians, Vancouver Writers Festival board members, academics, instructors, and more selected the following four books:
- Sam Wiebe for his mystery novel Invisible Dead (Random House Canada), the first in his Wakeland series set in Vancouver’s criminal underworld;
- Gabrielle Prendergast for her middle-grade novel Pandas on the Eastside (Orca Book Publishers), about a young girl who brings her community together to save two pandas that are due to be sent back to China;
- Carleigh Baker for her story collection Bad Endings (Anvil Press), which takes up universal themes of love, loss, human adversity and connection, and finding oneself;
- Editors Grant Arnold, Ian M. Thom, Susan Point, Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse, Thomas Cannell, Myrtle Mckay, and William McLennan for Susan Point: Spindle Whorl (Black Dog Publishing), a book that coincides with the Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition of the traditional art of Coast Salish spindle whorl artist Susan Point.
The winner will be announced at the Mayor’s Arts Awards on Oct. 11.