Thank you to the publishers who have submitted their books to the Victoria Book Prizes. Our juries will be reading them over the summer and we look forward to announcing the shortlist in the coming weeks!

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At the 19th annual Victoria Book Prize Gala, Esi Edugyan was awarded the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize for Out of the Sun: On Race and Storytelling (House of Anansi Press).  Wendy Proverbs won the City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize for Aggie & Mudgy: The Journey of Two Kaska Dena Children (Heritage House Publishing).

Victoria Children’s Book Prize

Wendy Proverbs

Aggie & Mudgy: The Journey of Two Kaska Dena Children
Heritage House Publishing


Themes of family, love and courage weave through the tale of Aggie and Mudgy. Using traditional storytelling in her gentle, loving way, Nan teaches her granddaughter Maddy the truth about their past with the heartbreaking story of two sisters from long ago. Over several days, Nan recounts the journey of the young girls, who were forced to travel 1600 kilometres to residential school where they remained far from their family for over ten years. Author Wendy Proverbs has created a triumph of a book that honours her family’s history, all the while weaving a magical tale with memorable characters.

City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

Esi Edugyan

Out of the Sun: On Race and Storytelling
House of Anansi Press


Esi Edugyan’s Out of the Sun: On Race and Storytelling is a complex and wide-ranging book that explores points in art, literature, history and contemporary events where peoples of African descent have been erased; their narratives re-told, distorted, ignored–or even fabricated. A six-part Massey Lecture series, each essay considers a distinct location, piece or art or historical narrative to weave personal reflection and cultural analysis that reveals “the ways we have constructed and continue to construct race”.


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