British Columbia’s writers and publishers were honoured at the 30th Annual BC Book Prizes gala over the weekend.
The big winners at this year’s ceremony includes two awards each for authors Ashley Little (photo above) and David Stouck. Little won best work of fiction award for Anatomy of a Girl Gang and for best non-illustrated children’s book for The New Normal. Stouck walked away with two prizes, non-fiction and the regional prize, for Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life.
The best work of poetry award went to Jordan Abel for The Place of Scraps and best illustrated book written for children was given to Julie Morstand for How To. The Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award went to Grant Lawarence for The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie.
Author Kit Pearson was the recipient of this year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence, which recognizes her contribution to the development of literary excellence in the province.
Established in 1985 to celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers, the BC Book Prizes are administered and awarded by The West Coast Book Prize Society, a non-profit society that represents all facets of the publishing and writing community. Each prize comes with a $2,000 cash award and the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s award receiving $5,000.