Bolster your fall book list with these winners from British Columbia

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Local authors honored with nominations, awards.

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With the weather drawing closer like a dark gray curtain, it seems like now is a pretty good time to select some fall readings. A good place to start is a price list – and even better – a price list dedicated to British Columbia writers.

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Last week, writing awards were presented to a group of talented local writers. Leading the Way was a tender library shelf from the 2020 British Columbia and Yukon Literary Awards.

Winning the award for best fiction was Steven Price, with his novel Lampedusa (McClelland and Stewart). The prize for non-fiction went to Alexandre frid for Changing Tides: An Environmentalist’s Journey to Making Peace with the Anthropocene (New Society Publishers).

The awards, bestowed by the West Coast Book Prize Society, have also increased this year with the inclusion of the Borealis and Jim Deva Awards for provoking writing. The society also once again hosted the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence. The last of these two awards went to Julie Flett and Joy Kogawa.

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The winners were honored at the 36th annual gala held online earlier in the week. You can check it at British Columbia and Yukon Literary Awards website.

Here is the list of the 2020 British Columbia and Yukon Literary Awards winners:

• Ethel Wilson Fiction Award – Steven Price, Lampedusa (McClelland and Stewart).

• Dorothy Livesay Prize for Poetry – Chantal Gibson, How She Read (Caitlin Press).

• Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize – Alejandro Frid, Changing Tides: An Ecologist’s Journey to Make Peace with the Anthropocene (New Society Publishers).

• Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize – Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Carpe Fin: A Haida Manga (Douglas and McIntyre).

Carpe Fin: A Haida Manga, by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas.
Carpe Fin: A Haida Manga, by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. PNG

• Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize – Robin Stevenson, My Body, My Choice: The Fight for Abortion Rights (Orca Book Publishers).

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• Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Award – Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad, It Started With One Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Made the Way (Tundra Books).

• Bill Duthie Bookseller’s Choice Award ‚Aaron Chapman, Vancouver After Dark: A City’s Wild Nightlife History (Arsenal Pulp Press).

• Jim Deva Award for Causing Writing – Ivan Coyote, Rebent Sinner (Arsenal Pulp Press).

• Borealis Award: Yukon Commissioner’s Award for Literary Contribution – Patti Flather and Leonard Linklater.

• Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence – Julie Flett and Joy Kogawa.

In other awards news, finalists for the CBC Nonfiction Prize 2020 were also selected this week. Four of the five finalists chosen from 1,700 nominations are British Columbians. The winner will be announced on October 1. You can read the shortlisted stories on bookscbc.ca.

The finalists from British Columbia are:

• Joseph Kakwinokanasum of White Rock for Ray Says.

• Amy MacRae from Vancouver for Take a picture before you leave.

• Jonathan Poh of Burnaby for Value Village.

• Rachael Preston of Nanaimo for The Story Teller.

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