BC Book Prizes announces 2015 literary award shortlists

Seven prize categories and one lifetime achievement award celebrate B.C. writers and publishers annually.

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The BC Book Prizes hosts a free Soiree in early April to celebrate the shortlisted authors (date to be announced), where the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence will also be announced. The Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence is awarded annually to one author who has contributed to the development of literary excellence in the Province. Following the Soiree, the BC Book Prizes On Tour will kick off, taking select authors (to be announced) around the province to visit schools, bookstores, and libraries in numerous communities.

See the full 2015 shortlist below. For more detailed book descriptions and author bios, visit the BC Book Prizes website.

Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize

  • Caroline Adderson, Ellen in Pieces (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.)
  • Aislinn Hunter, The World Before Us (Doubleday Canada)
  • Kathy Page, Paradise and Elsewhere (Biblioasis)
  • Brian Payton, The Wind Is Not a River (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.)
  • Michael Springate, The Beautiful West & The Beloved of God (Guernica Editions)

Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize

  • Richard Beamish and Gordon McFarlane (editors), The Sea Among Us: The Amazing Strait of Georgia (Harbour Publishing)
  • Margaret Horsfield and Ian Kennedy, Tofino and Clayoquot Sound: A History (Harbour Publishing)
  • Christine Lowther, Born Out of This (Caitlin Press)
  • Ian McAllister, Great Bear Wild: Dispatches from a Northern Rainforest (Greystone Books)
  • Jay Sherwood, Surveying Southern British Columbia: A Photojournal of Frank Swannell, 1901-07 (Caitlin Press)

Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize

  • Julie Angus, Olive Odyssey: Searching for the Secrets of the Fruit That Seduced the World (Greystone Books)
  • Kevin Chong, Northern Dancer: The Legendary Horse That Inspired a Nation (Viking)
  • Barry Gough, The Elusive Mr. Pond: The Soldier, Fur Trader and Explorer Who Opened the Northwest (Douglas & McIntyre)
  • Eve Joseph, In the Slender Margin: The Intimate Strangeness of Dying (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.)
  • Nancy J. Turner, Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge: Ethnobotany and Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples of Northwestern North America (McGill-Queen’s University Press)

Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize

  • Rob Budde, Dreamland Theatre (Caitlin Press)
  • Jen Currin, School (Coach House Books)
  • Kayla Czaga, For Your Safety Please Hold On (Nightwood Editions)
  • Patrick Lane, Washita (Harbour Publishing)
  • Cecily Nicholson, From the Poplars (Talonbooks)

Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize

  • Norman, Speak!, by Caroline Adderson, illustrated by Qin Leng (Groundwood Books)
  • Dolphin SOS, by Roy Miki and Slavia Miki, illustrated by Julie Flett (Tradewind Books)
  • The Most Magnificent Thing, by Ashley Spires, illustrated by Ashley Spires (Kids Can Press)
  • Stop, Thief!, by Heather Tekavec, illustrated by Pierre Pratt (Kids Can Press)
  • Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin, by Chieri Uegaki, illustrated by Qin Leng (Kids Can Press)

Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize

  • Becky Citra, Finding Grace (Second Story Press)
  • Maggie de Vries, Rabbit Ears (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.)
  • Eileen Kernaghan, Sophie, in Shadow (Thistledown Press)
  • Gabrielle Prendergast, Capricious (Orca Book Publishers)
  • Elizabeth Stewart, Blue Gold (Annick Press)

Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award

  • Lisa Ahier, The Sobo Cookbook: Recipes from the Tofino Restaurant at the End of the Canadian Road (Appetite by Random House)
  • Richard Beamish and Gordon McFarlane (editors), The Sea Among Us: The Amazing Strait of Georgia (Harbour Publishing)
  • Aaron Chapman, Live at the Commodore: The Story of Vancouver's Historic Commodore Ballroom (Arsenal Pulp Press)
  • Alicia Priest, A Rock Fell on the Moon: Dad and the Great Yukon Silver Ore Heist (Harbour Publishing)
  • Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd, Cloudwalker (Harbour Publishing)

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