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BC Book Prizes 2012 Winners Announced

May 10th, 2012

Vancouver, BC – The West Coast Book Prize Society is pleased to announce the names of the winners of the 28th annual BC Book Prizes:

ETHEL WILSON FICTION PRIZE Supported by Friesens and Webcom
Esi Edugyan, Half-Blood Blues (Thomas Allen Publishers)

RODERICK HAIG-BROWN REGIONAL PRIZE Supported by Transcontinental Printing
Chuck Davis, The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver (Harbour Publishing)

HUBERT EVANS NON-FICTION PRIZE Supported by AbeBooks
Charlotte Gill, Eating Dirt (Greystone Books in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation)

DOROTHY LIVESAY POETRY PRIZE Supported by the BC Teachers’ Federation
John Pass, crawlspace (Harbour Publishing)

CHRISTIE HARRIS ILLUSTRATED CHILDREN’S LITERATURE PRIZE
Supported by Ampersand Inc.
Sara O’Leary (author) and Julie Morstad (illustrations), When I Was Small (Simply Read Books)

SHEILA A. EGOFF CHILDREN’S LITERATURE PRIZE
Supported by the BC Library Association
Moira Young, Blood Red Road (Doubleday Canada)

BILL DUTHIE BOOKSELLERS’ CHOICE AWARD Supported by the BC Booksellers’ Association
Chuck Davis and Harbour Publishing, The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR’S AWARD FOR LITERARY EXCELLENCE
Brian Brett is the recipient of this award, established in 2003 by the Honourable Iona Campagnolo, which recognizes British Columbia writers who have contributed to the development of literary excellence in the province.

A total of $19,000 is awarded to winners with each prize providing $2,000 with the exception of the Lieutenant Governor’s prize which awards $5,000.
This year’s gala, hosted by Charles Demers and attended by the Honourable Lieutenant Governor Steven L. Point, OBC, took place at The Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema at SFU Woodward’s, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts in Vancouver May 12, 2012.

The BC Book Prizes were established in 1985 to celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers. The prizes are administered and awarded by a non-profit society that represents all facets of the publishing and writing community. The West Coast Book Prize Society congratulates all of the winners!

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