David Chariandy has been named the winner of the 2018 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for his novel, Brother (McClelland & Stewart). Chariandy, who also won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, was named the winner out of a field of five nominees that also comprised Daniel Zomparelli’s story collection Everything Is Awful and You’re a Terrible Person (Arsenal Pulp Press), Zoe Leigh Peterson’s novel Next Year, for Sure (Doubleday Canada), Eden Robinson’s novel Son of a Trickster (Knopf Canada), and Andrea McPherson’s novel What We Once Believed (Caitlin Press).
The award was one of seven B.C. Book Prizes given out on Saturday at a ceremony in Vancouver. A total of $14,000 in prize money was dispersed among the winning titles.
Arthur Manuel, an activist and author from the Secwepemc Nation, was awarded posthumously for a book co-written with Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson of the Westbank First Nation. The Reconciliation Manifesto: Recovering the Land and Rebuilding the Economy (James Lorimer and Co. Limited) won the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize.
The other winners were:
- Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize: Changing Tides: Vanishing Voices of Nikkei Fishermen and Their Families, Kotaro Hayashi, Fumio “Frank” Kanno, Henry Tanaka, and Jim Tanaka, eds. (Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre)
- Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize: Prison Industrial Complex Explodes, Mercedes Eng (Talonbooks)
- Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize: The Nameless City: The Stone Heart, Faith Erin Hicks (First Second)
- Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize: Zero Repeat Forever, G.S. Prendergast (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
- Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award: On Island: Life Among the Coast Dwellers, Pat Carney (TouchWood Editions)
Each winning title receives $2,000.
The B.C. Book Prizes have been awarded since 1985. They recognize the best achievements from B.C. writers, illustrators, editors, and publishers.