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BC Book Prizes 2010 Shortlists Announced
March 11th, 2010
Vancouver, BC – The West Coast Book Prize Society is pleased to announce the names of the finalists vying for recognition in seven categories at the 26th Annual BC Book Prizes.
Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize awarded to the author of the best work of fiction:
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Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize awarded to the author of the best work of poetry:
Supported by the BC Teachers’ Federation
Hubert Evans Non-fiction Prize awarded to the author of the best original non-fiction literary work:
Supported by Abebooks
Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize to recognize the author(s) of the book that contributes most to the enjoyment and understanding of British Columbia:
Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize awarded to the best non-illustrated book written for children: Supported by the BC Library Association
Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize presented to the best illustrated book written for children: Supported by Kate Walker and Company
Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award presented to the originating publisher and author(s) of the best book in terms of public appeal, initiative, design, production and content: Supported by The Duthie Family and Independent BC Bookstores
In early April, these nominees — who collectively will receive $14,000 in cash prizes — will be celebrated at a free event, the BC Book Prize Soirée in Vancouver at The Listel Hotel in Vancouver Wednesday April 7, 2010 (time TBA).
At the Soirée, the recipient of the 2010 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence will be announced. This award was established in 2003 by the Honourable Iona Campagnolo to recognize British Columbia writers who have contributed to the development of literary excellence in the province. In 2009, the sixth annual award was presented to Terry Glavin.
The winners in the seven categories listed above will be announced at the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at Government House in Victoria. The event will be hosted by broadcaster Shelagh Rogers. British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Steven L. Point, OBC, will be in attendance.
A selection of the shortlisted authors (to be announced in the coming weeks) will be part of BC Book Prizes On Tour presented by Rio Tinto Alcan. This author reading tour will take finalists to schools, bookstores, and public libraries in many communities throughout BC April 12-23, 2010.
BC BOOK PRIZES 2010 SHORTLISTS ANNOUNCED
March 11, 2010 • Details at www.bcbookprizes.ca
BC BOOK PRIZE SOIRÉE
Wednesday April 7, 2010 • The Listel Hotel • time TBA
BC BOOK PRIZES ON TOUR
April 12-23, 2010 • FREE public events in several BC communities
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR’S BC BOOK PRIZE GALA
Saturday, April 24, 2010 • Government House, Victoria
Tickets available online starting March 15
For more information call 604.687.2405 or visit www.bcbookprizes.ca.
Media Contact: Karen Green, Rebus Creative: 604.687.2405, ext. 24, email@example.com