BC Book Prizes Finalists Announced

Congratulations to the authors and illustrators on the shortlists for this year's BC Book Prizes. With five finalists in each of seven categories, the 31st Annual BC Book Prizes celebrates the best of BC books published in 2014.

The winners in the seven categories will be announced at the Lieutenant Governor's BC Book Prizes Gala on Saturday, April 25, 2015. The sit down dinner will be held at the Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel. Tickets will be available for purchase online from the BC Book Prizes website beginning Monday, March 16.

Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize (Supported by Friesens and Webcom):

The Beautiful West & The Beloved of God 
by Michael Springate 
Publisher: Guernica Editions

Ellen in Pieces 
by Caroline Adderson 
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Paradise & Elsewhere 
by Kathy Page 
Publisher: Biblioasis

The Wind is Not a River 
by Brian Payton 
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

The World Before Us 
by Aislinn Hunter 
Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize (Supported by TBA):

Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge: Ethnobotany and Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples of Northwestern North America 
by Nancy J. Turner 
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press

The Elusive Mr. Pond: The Soldier, Fur Trader and Explorer Who Opened the Northwest 
by Barry Gough 
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre

In the Slender Margin: The Intimate Strangeness of Death and Dying 
by Eve Joseph 
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

Northern Dancer: The Legendary Horse That Inspired a Nation 
by Kevin Chong 
Publisher: Viking

Olive Odyssey: Searching for the Secrets of the Fruit That Seduced the World 
by Julie Angus 
Publisher: Greystone Books

Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize (Supported by the BC Teachers’ Federation):

Dreamland Theatre 
by Rob Budde 
Publisher: Caitlin Press

For Your Safety Please Hold On 
by Kayla Czaga 
Publisher: Nightwood Editions

From the Poplars 
by Cecily Nicholson 
Publisher: Talonbooks

by Jen Currin 
Publisher: Coach House Books

by Patrick Lane 
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize (Supported by Marquis, Victoria Bindery, and First Choice Books):

Born Out of This 
by Christine Lowther 
Publisher: Caitlin Press

Great Bear Wild: Dispatches from a Northern Rainforest 
by Ian McAllister 
Publisher: Greystone Books

The Sea Among Us: The Amazing Strait of Georgia 
by Richard Beamish, Gordon McFarlane (editors) 
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

Surveying Southern British Columbia: A Photojournal of Frank Swannell, 1901-07 
by Jay Sherwood 
Publisher: Caitlin Press

Tofino and Clayoquot Sound: A History 
by Margaret Horsfield, Ian Kennedy 
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize (Supported by CUPE and Friends of Sheila Egoff):

Blue Gold 
by Elizabeth Stewart 
Publisher: Annick Press

by Gabrielle Prendergast 
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Finding Grace 
by Becky Citra 
Publisher: Second Story Press

Rabbit Ears 
by Maggie de Vries 
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

Sophie, in Shadow 
by Eileen Kernaghan 
Publisher: Thistledown Press

Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize (Supported by Kate Walker and Kidsbooks):

Dolphin SOS 
by Roy Miki, Slavia Miki 
Illustrated by Julie Flett 
Publisher: Tradewind Books

Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin 
by Chieri Uegaki 
Illustrated by Qin Leng 
Publisher: Kids Can Press

The Most Magnificent Thing 
by Ashley Spires 
Illustrated by Ashley Spires 
Publisher: Kids Can Press

Norman, Speak! 
by Caroline Adderson 
Illustrated by Qin Leng 
Publisher: Groundwood Books

Stop, Thief! 
by Heather Tekavec 
Illustrated by Pierre Pratt 
Publisher: Kids Can Press

Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award (Supported by the BC Booksellers’ Association):

by Roy Henry Vickers, Robert Budd 
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

Live at the Commodore: The Story of Vancouver's Historic Commodore Ballroom 
by Aaron Chapman 
Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press

A Rock Fell on the Moon: Dad and the Great Yukon Silver Ore Heist 
by Alicia Priest 
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

The Sea Among Us: The Amazing Strait of Georgia 
by Richard Beamish, Gordon McFarlane (editors) 
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

The Sobo Cookbook: Recipes from the Tofino Restaurant at the End of the Canadian Road 
by Lisa Ahier 
Publisher: Appetite by Random House


For synopses and author biographies, visit the BC Book Prizes website.

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