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BC Book Prizes 2012 Shortlists Announced

March 13th, 2012

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 28th Annual BC Book Prizes.

Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize awarded to the author of the best work of fiction:
Supported by Friesens and Webcom

• Michael Christie, The Beggar’s Garden (HarperCollins Canada)
• Esi Edugyan, Half-Blood Blues (Thomas Allen Publishers)
• Frances Greenslade, Shelter (Random House Canada)
• Steven Price, Into That Darkness (Thomas Allen Publishers)
• D. W. Wilson, Once You Break a Knuckle (Hamish Hamilton Canada, Penguin Group Canada)

Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize to recognize the author(s) of the book that contributes most to the enjoyment and understanding of British Columbia:
Supported by Transcontinental Printing

• Chuck Davis, The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver (Harbour Publishing)
• Fred Herzog, Fred Herzog: Photographs (Douglas & McIntyre)
• Andrew Nikiforuk, Empire of the Beetle: How Human Folly and a Tiny Bug Are Killing North America’s Great Forests (Greystone Books in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation)
• Sheryl Salloum, The Life and Art of Mildred Valley Thornton [#4 UABC series] (Mother Tongue Publishing)
• Scott Watson, Thrown: British Columbia’s Apprentices of Bernard Leach and Their Contemporaries (Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia)

Hubert Evans Non-fiction Prize awarded to the author of the best original non-fiction literary work: Supported by Abebooks

• Carmen Aguirre, Something Fierce (Douglas & McIntyre)
• Gary Geddes, Drink the Bitter Root (Douglas & McIntyre)
• Charlotte Gill, Eating Dirt (Greystone Books in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation)
• Theresa Kishkan, Mnemonic: A Book of Trees (Goose Lane Editions)
• JJ Lee, The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit (McClelland & Stewart Ltd.)

Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize awarded to the author of the best work of poetry:
Supported by the BC Teachers’ Federation

• Patrick Lane, The Collected Poems of Patrick Lane (Harbour Publishing)
• Susan McCaslin, Demeter Goes Skydiving (The University of Alberta Press)
• Garry Thomas Morse, Discovery Passages, Talonbooks
• John Pass, crawlspace (Harbour Publishing)
• Sharon Thesen, Oyama Pink Shale (House of Anansi Press)

Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize presented to the best illustrated book written for children: Supported by Ampersand Inc.

• Pussycat, Pussycat, Where Have You Been? by Dan Bar-el, illustrated by Rae Maté, (Simply Read Books)
• Grandpa’s Girls by Nicola I. Campbell, illustrated by Kim La Fave (Groundwood Books)
Dalen & Gole: Scandal in Port Angus written and illustrated by Mike Deas (Orca Book Publishers)
Shake-Awakes by Robert Heidbreder, illustrated by Marc Mongeau (Tradewind Books)
• When I Was Small by Sara O’Leary, illustrated by Julie Morstad (Simply Read Books)

Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize awarded to the best non-illustrated book written for children: Supported by the BC Library Association

• Glen Huser, The Runaway (Tradewind Books)
• Pamela Porter, I’ll Be Watching (Groundwood Books)
• Karen Rivers, What is Real (Orca Book Publishers)
• Caitlyn Vernon, Nowhere Else on Earth: Standing Tall for the Great Bear Rainforest (Orca Book Publishers)
• Moira Young, Blood Red Road (Doubleday Canada)

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 BC Booksellers Association

• Chuck Davis, The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver (Harbour Publishing)
• Charlotte Gill, Eating Dirt (Greystone Books in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation)
• Fred Herzog, Fred Herzog: Photographs (Douglas & McIntyre)
• Gary Hynes, Island Wineries of British Columbia (TouchWood Editions)
• Robert J. Wiersema, Walk Like a Man: Coming of Age with the Music of Bruce Springsteen (Greystone Books)

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 (venue and date TBA in the coming weeks).

At the Soirée, the recipient of the 2012 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 2011, the seventh annual award was presented to George Bowering.

The winners in the seven categories listed above will be announced at the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at The Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema at SFU Woodwards, GOLDCORP CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, in Vancouver. 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 25-May 11, 2012.

BC BOOK PRIZES 2012 SHORTLISTS ANNOUNCED
March 8, 2012, Details at www.bcbookprizes.ca

BC BOOK PRIZE SOIRÉE, Details TBA

BC BOOK PRIZES ON TOUR
April 25 – May 11, 2012, FREE public events in several BC communities

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR’S BC BOOK PRIZES GALA
Saturday, May 12, 2012, The Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema at SFU Woodwards,
GOLDCORP CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, Vancouver
Tickets available online starting March 19.

For more information call 604.687.2405 or visit www.bcbookprizes.ca