Vancouver author Aislinn Hunter was the winner of the 2015 Ethel Wilson fiction prize for the best work of fiction at the 2015 BC Book Prizes. Photo: Twitter
Vancouver author Aislinn Hunter was the winner of the 2015 Ethel Wilson fiction prize for the best work of fiction at the 2015 BC Book Prizes. Photo: Twitter

British Columbia’s writers and publishers were honoured at the 31st Annual BC Book Prizes gala over the weekend. Each winner took home a share of the $14,000 in prize money during the ceremony.

The award for the best work of fiction went to Vancouver author Aislinn Hunter for The World Before Us, while the non-fiction prize went to Eve Joseph for In the Slender Margin: The Intimate Strangeness of Death and Dying. 

Richard Beamish and Gordon McFarlane were presented with the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize for The Sea Among Us: The Amazing Strait of Georgia, recognizing a book that contributes most to the enjoyment and understanding of British Columbia.

The award for the best work of poetry went to Cecily Nicholson for From the Poplars, while Aaron Chapman’s Live at the Commodore: The Story of Vancouver’s Historic Commodore Ballroom took the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award for the best book in terms of public appeal, initiative, design, production, and content.

In the children’s book categories, Roy Miki, Slavia Miki, and Julie Flett took home the award for best illustrated book written for children for Dolphin SOS and Maggie de Vries won for Rabbit Ears in the award for best non-illustrated book written for children category.

Previously announced, author Betty Keller, was the recipient of the 12th annual Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence.

The BC Book Prizes were established in 1985 to celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers. The prizes are administered and awarded by a non-profit society that represents all facets of the publishing and writing community.