A busy day in BC book news: Alan Twigg has been named recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence, and April 13, 2016 will be the third annual BC Book Day.
The BC Book Prizes announced on March 29 that Twigg is the recipient of the 13th annual Lieutenant Governor's Award.
"As the founder, publisher, editor and principal writer of B.C. BookWorld, Alan Twigg has been the tireless champion of the BC writing and publishing community for almost forty years," said the jury, in part. "In selecting Alan Twigg for this award, we are delighted to recognize both his literary contributions and the constant nourishment he has provided for so many years to this province's literary community."
The award will be presented at the Lieutenant Governor's BC Book Prizes Gala to be held at Government House in Victoria on Saturday, April 30, 2016.
Additionally, on April 13, 2016, the Legislature will host the third annual BC Book Day. The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia; the Honourable Linda Reid, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia; and MLAs and their staff will meet with the province’s publishers, authors, writers’ festival directors, librarians and booksellers. Following the display, a proclamation declaring April 13 as BC Book Day will be read in the Legislature before it goes into session.
In a press release, the Association of Book Publishers of BC made note of various milestones from BC's most recent year in books: the launch of BC Books Online; new imprints such as Caitlin Press's Dagger Editions and UBC Press's Purich; and acclaimed titles such as Little You (Richard Van Camp), Anna Carries Water (Olive Senior) and When Everything Feels Like the Movies (Raziel Reid).