Teacher, mentor, editor, and writer Betty Keller has been named the recipient of the 12th annual Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence.
Keller was born in Vancouver and moved to the Sunshine Coast in 1980. She says, "I am proud to be a third-generation BC person as my great grandfather and grandfather arrived in Vancouver in the spring of 1886, a month before Vancouver was incorporated as a city."
Keller has authored or co-authored many books, including biographies, histories, plays, and novels. She is a founder of the Sunshine Coast's Festival of the Written Arts and the Writers in Residence Program and has won numerous awards for her literary work.
The 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.
The Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Judith Guichon, will present the award at the Lieutenant Governor's BC Book Prizes Gala to be held at the Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel in Vancouver on Saturday, April 25, 2015.
The 2015 jurors were Kit Pearson, author of literature for young adults, children’s librarian, and 2014 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence; Michael Kluckner, Canadian writer and artist; and Sandra Singh, Chief Librarian, Vancouver Public Library.