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Eight shortlists announced for BC and Yukon Book Prizes

The logo for the BC and Yukon Book PrizesThe West Coast Book Prize Society has announced shortlists for eight BC and Yukon Book Prizes. The winners will be announced at the BC & Yukon Book Prizes Gala on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021.

Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize (literary fiction)

  • Five Little Indians, Michelle Good (HarperCollins)
  • The Certainties, Aislinn Hunter (Knopf Canada)
  • Petra, Shaena Lambert (Random House Canada)
  • Consent, Annabel Lyon (Random House Canada)
  • Fake It So Real, Susan Sanford Blades (Nightwood Editions)

Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize (literary non-fiction)

  • A History of My Brief Body, Billy-Ray Belcourt (Hamish Hamilton Canada)
  • Nerve: A Personal Journey Through the Science of Fear, Eva Holland (Allen Lane Canada)
  • Nobody Talks About Anything But the End: A Memoir, Liz Levine (Simon & Schuster Canada)
  • Overdose: Heartbreak and Hope in Canada’s Opioid Crisis, Benjamin Perrin (Viking Canada)
  • A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency, Seth Klein (ECW Press)

Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize (a book about British Columbia or Yukon)

  • Orphans of Empire, Grant Buday (Brindle & Glass/TouchWood Editions)
  • British Columbia in Flames, Claudia Cornwall (Harbour Publishing)
  • Kwanlin Dün: Dǎ Kwǎndur Ghày Ghàkwadîndur—Our Story in Our Words, Kwanlin Dün First Nation (Figure 1 Publishing)
  • The Diary of Dukesang Wong: A Voice from Gold Mountain, David McIlwraith (ed.) and Wanda Joy Hoe (trans.) (Talonbooks)
  • Following the Good River: The Life and Times of Wa’xaid, Briony Penn with Cecil Paul (Rocky Mountain Books)

Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize

  • The East Side of It All, Joseph Dandurand (Nightwood Editions)
  • eat salt | gaze at the ocean, Junie Désil (Talonbooks)
  • I Am Still Your Negro: An Homage to James Baldwin, Valerie Mason-John (University of Alberta Press)
  • Burning Province, Michael Prior (McClelland & Stewart)
  • Music at the Heart of Thinking: Improvisations 1-170, Fred Wah (Talonbooks)

Jim Deva Prize for Writing That Provokes

  • The New Corporation: How “Good” Corporations Are Bad for Democracy, Joel Bakan (Allen Lane Canada)
  • A History of My Brief Body, Billy-Ray Belcourt (Hamish Hamilton Canada)
  • My Art Is Killing Me and Other Poems, Amber Dawn (Arsenal Pulp Press)
  • Five Little Indians, Michelle Good (HarperCollins)
  • Overdose: Heartbreak and Hope in Canada’s Opioid Crisis, Benjamin Perrin (Viking Canada)

Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize

  • Princesses Versus Dinosaurs, Linda Bailey and Joy Ang (ill.) (Tundra Books)
  • Salma the Syrian Chef, Danny Ramadan and Anna Bron (ill.) (Annick Press)
  • I Talk Like A River, Jordan Scott and Sydney Smith (ill.) (Neal Porter Books)
  • Beep Beep Bubbie, Bonnie Sherr Klein and Élisabeth Eudes-Pascal (ill.), (Tradewind Books)
  • Grandmother School, Rina Singh and Ellen Rooney (ill.) (Orca Book Publishers)

Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize (non-illustrated book written for children)

  • The Ride Home, Gail Anderson-Dargatz (Orca Book Publishers)
  • Just Beyond the Very, Very Far North, Dan Bar-el and Kelly Pousette (ill.) (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
  • Genius Jolene, Sara Cassidy and Charlene Chua (ill.) (Orca Book Publishers)
  • Me and Banksy, Tanya Lloyd Kyi (Puffin Books)
  • Heads Up: Changing Minds on Mental Health; Melanie Siebert and Belle Wuthrich (ill.) (Orca Book Publishers)

Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award

  • The E. J. Hughes Book of Boats, Robert Amos (TouchWood Editions)
  • On the Cusp of Contact: Gender, Space and Race in the Colonization of British Columbia, Jean Barman (Harbour Publishing)
  • Primary Obsessions, Charles Demers (Douglas & McIntyre)
  • Vancouver Exposed: Searching for the City’s Hidden History, Eve Lazarus (Arsenal Pulp Press)
  • Raven Squawk, Orca Squeak, Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd (Harbour Publishing)