Teacher, mentor, editor, and writer, Betty Keller, has been named the recipient of the 12th annual Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence.
Born in Vancouver and currently living on the Sunshine Coast, Keller has authored or co-authored many books, including biographies, histories, plays, and novels, winning numerous awards for her literary work. She is a founder of the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts and the Writers in Residence Program and is an avid potter, gardener, and fisher.
In awarding Keller with the award, the jury said: “Betty Keller has long been a passionate and versatile contributor to the BC writing community. Her fiction, biographies, drama, non-fiction, and articles provide unique perspectives on the province she has lived in all her life. Hundreds of writers have been nourished and encouraged by her dedicated teaching and mentoring. Her greatest legacy is as the indefatigable founder and innovative producer of the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts, one of the great literary gatherings in Canada. Betty Keller is a long-respected matriarch of the literary arts in this province. We are delighted to recognize her remarkable literary career and her outstanding community contributions.”
This year’s jury consisted of Kit Pearson, author and last year’s recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence; Canadian writer and artist, Michael Kluckner; and, Sandra Singh, the Chief Librarian for the Vancouver Public Library.
The award will be presented to Keller by British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Judith Guichon, at the BC Book Prizes Gala on April 25.
The Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence was established in 2003, to recognize British Columbia writers who have contributed to the development of literary excellence in the province. The recipient receives a cash award of $5,000 and a commemorative certificate.