Jurors

2016 Jury

Bolen Books Children's Book Prize

Penny Chamberlain if a Victoria author who has written three children’s novels. The Olden Days Locket was a number one BC best seller. Chasing the Moon won the 2008 Chocolate Lily Award, and Shack Island Summer was short-listed for the 2015 Victoria Book Prize. She is inspired by the beautiful geography and fascinating history of British Columbia’s West Coast

Fatima Ferreira has been a librarian at the Greater Victoria Public Library for 9 years as a Children’s and Family Literacy Librarian. In September, she began her new position working with the Diversity Portfolio. Before library work, she tried her hand at fashion design, teaching, and a very short stint trying to learn sign language in order to be an interpreter. The problem was that no one understood what she was signing.

Freda Nobbs is a bookseller, editor, and consultant who believes that the right book in the right hands changes the world, one person at a time. She has worked with children’s literature for over 25 years, and for the last 15 has been the children’s book consultant for Bolen Books.

 

 

City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

With both an academic and practitioner background, Eileen Gillette has a wide range of experience in community development, cultural planning, libraries and placemaking. She is currently a Core District Coordinator at Greater Victoria Public Library.

Joan Givner has written two major biographies, an autobiography, two novels, several collections of short stories, and the Ellen Fremedon series of children’s books.

Cliff McNeil-Smith has enjoyed a life of reading since mom started weekly trips to the library in the early 1960s. After obtaining a degree in business with studies in philosophy, he turned his passion into a bookselling career 23 years ago. Cliff has been the owner of Tanner’s Books in Sidney for the past 15 years.

 

 

2015 Jury

Bolen Books Children's Book Prize

James Heneghan's growing-up was done in Liverpool, England, and in Kildare, Ireland. He served as a policeman in Liverpool for a couple of years but decided to give it up and sail for Vancouver, British Columbia. He became a Canadian citizen and worked as a fingerprint specialist with the Vancouver Police. After twelve years of fingerprints he decided he needed a change and decided to try teaching. He got a wonderful job teaching English in a Burnaby high school. He started writing children’s stories with friend and teaching colleague Bruce McBay.

Sarah Isbister is a Children’s and Family Literacy Librarian at the Greater Victoria Public Library. She loves leading Baby Time and Family Storytime, and riding the Bikemobile to outreach events around Victoria. Her background in teaching both elementary and middle grades informs her work and her reading selections, and her love of gardening has made her a passionate supporter of the Victoria Seed Library.

Maddy Smith is a bookseller at Bolen Books in Victoria.

 

City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

George Sipos is a poet and retired arts administrator living on Salt Spring Island. For many years he owned Mosquito Books in Prince George.

Delia Filipescu is a librarian at Greater Victoria Public Library.  She has a master’s degree in Germanic Linguistics and Literature and taught comparative literature for several years before becoming a librarian. She fell in love with quality literature at age ten, and since then she has never stopped reading and talking about books.

Lee Trentadue worked for many years as a psychologist at Vancouver General Hospital and then in private practice, and has continued this practice since opening Galiano Island Books almost twenty years ago. She started the Galiano Literary Festival in 2010. She loves sharing her passion for books through these pursuits.

2014 Jury

Bolen Books Children's Book Prize

Susan Adamson has been involved in publishing for 25 years, having worked with Orca and Whitecap. She is currently working with the Heritage Group of Publishers. It was a love of books for young readers that had her turn to publishing many years ago. Today, it is the fun of reading with her book-loving daughter.  

Sheena Lott has enjoyed a successful 30 year career as a professional artist combining gallery exhibition and children’s book illustration.   She has illustrated 11 books including the west coast themed classics Jessie’s Island and Salmon Forest. Sheena was a finalist for the Amelia Francis Howard Award for illustration for Midnight in The Mountains and Christie Harris Award for How Sleep found Tabitha.

Freda Nobbs is a bookseller, editor, and consultant who believes that the right book in the right hands changes the world, one person at a time. She has worked with children’s literature for over 20 years, and for the last 10 has been the children’s book consultant for Bolen Books.

City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

Tom Henry is a writer and farmer in Metchosin.

After finishing her degree in creative writing at the University of Victoria Vanessa Herman began working at Russell Books while continuing to write in her spare time. She’s now the event and marketing coordinator for the store, and loves talking about her favourite books to anyone who asks.

Devon Taton is a librarian at the Greater Victoria Library. She has been a book and library enthusiast her entire life. Devon enjoys reading a wide variety of books from romances to picture books, graphic novels to biographies. She doesn't care what format her books come in be it paper or digital, as long as they are interesting.

2013 Jury

Bolen Books Children's Book Prize

Leslie Hudson’s life has been shaped and enhanced by an enduring love for children’s literature. Early in her working life, she happily worked in bookstores where she ordered children’s books for those lucky kids whose parents could afford them. Later she became a youth librarian for the Greater Victoria Public Library and spent years ordering kids’ books for everyone. Performing and programming for children through the public library was a joy and a privilege, and in retirement Leslie is seeking further opportunities to exploit her talents in that area. Not only did she enjoy being a ham, but as well her repertoire of stories, songs, and fingerplays is huge!

Freda Nobbs is a bookseller, editor, and consultant who believes that the right book in the right hands changes the world, one person at a time. She has worked with children’s literature for over 20 years, and for the last 10 has been the children’s book consultant for Bolen Books.

Beryl Young is the author of 4 best-selling children’s books. Follow the Elephant won the 2012 Chocolate Lily award for the best BC novel and the 2010 Silver Moonbeam medal. Charlie: A Home Child’s Life in Canada has received many award nominations. Beryl’s first picture book, Would Someone Please Answer the Parrot! was recently published. Beryl lives in Vancouver and often visits her grandchildren in Victoria.

City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

George Fetherling is a novelist, poet, and cultural commentator who lives in Toronto and Vancouver. His most recent book is The Writing Life: Journals 1975-2005 (McGill-Queen’s University Press).

Laurie Ricou is Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at UBC. He served for many years as Associate Editor and Editor of the journal Canadian Literature, and is the author of The Arbutus/Madrone Files: Reading the Pacific Northwest.

A lifelong reader, Michelle Whitehead began working in libraries when she was 16. She has been a librarian with the Greater Victoria Public Library since 2006 and currently selects material for the adult fiction collection.

2012 Jury

Bolen Books Children's Book Prize

Maggie de Vries

Maggie de Vries is the author of one book for adults and nine books for children, including a new informational picture book, Big City Bees, and an upcoming teen novel, Rabbit Ears, which deals with issues arising from sexual abuse. Maggie is currently spending the fall in Prince George, where she is Writer in Residence at UNBC.

Phyllis Dalton

Phyllis Dalton, always a bookworm – from childhood (home library, church library, school library) through a Zoology degree, a teaching certificate, many moves and three sons – books were pivotal. Finally, a library degree from Columbus, Ohio, and now I am paid to read books and share them with children here in Victoria.

Adina Hildebrandt

Adina Hildebrandt can mostly be found mothering two fabulous kids or talking ideas at Salt Spring Books which she owns with her husband Andrew Haigh. She may also be seen getting dramatic as Artistic Director/Teacher with Stagecoach Theatre School. Her serious self is involved in various community building projects to make Salt Spring stronger than it already is.

City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

John Pass

Eighteen collections (books & chapbooks) of John Pass’s poetry have been published since 1971. Stumbling In The Bloom (Oolichan Books, 2005) won the Governor General’s Award in 2006. His most recent book, crawlspace (Harbour Publishing, 2011) won the 2012 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.

Jennifer Pike

Jennifer Pike began her career in the UK, where she worked in publishing. In Canada she has been involved with the cultivation of the printed and spoken word for many years, most recently as a writer and bookseller. She has long been active in the BC and Canadian book communities.

Kate Pollock

Kate Pollock is a librarian and Branch Head at the Greater Victoria Public Library. A long time member of a local book club Kate has also led book clubs at the library and is currently participating in the Library’s BookSmacked book review program.

2011 Jury

Bolen Books Children's Book Prize

Tracy Kendrick

librarian

Barbara Nickel

writer

Pat Oldroyd

bookseller

City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

Theresa Kishkan

writer

Cathy Sorensen

bookseller

Avi Silberstein

librarian

2010 Jury

Bolen Books Children's Book Prize

Tricia Kearns

Tricia Kearns has managed The Children’s Bookshop in Sidney for the past 12 years. She earned her Master’s Degree in Library Science, worked for fifteen years as a Teacher Librarian in Honduras, Spain and California and also spent five years in New York City working in children’s publishing.

Julie Lawson

Julie Lawson is the author of numerous books for children, including the award-winning novel White Jade Tiger. Her most recent book Where the River Takes Me was a finalist for last year’s Bolen Book Children’s Book Prize. Her newest book, Ghost of the Titanic is due out in 2011.

Bobbie Turner

Bobbie Turner, former teacher-librarian, is currently the co-owner of CanLit Books for Kids and Teens, a book wholesaler of Canadian children’s and young adult books to school libraries across Canada. She works and lives in North Saanich with her husband and three teenage children.

City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

Olivia Anderson

Olivia Anderson has been an avid reader and bibliophile from day one. Beginning in 1980, she worked in a variety of bookstores while completing a BA in History from UBC until she took her MLIS from McGill in 1992. For the past 6 years she has been a Branch Head at Greater Victoria Public Library and is active in building the library’s adult fiction collection.

Harold Rhenisch

Harold Rhenisch has written poetry, fiction, essays, memoir and literary and scientific nonfiction. He won the Malahat Long Poem Prize, the CBC Literary Prize, Theatre BC’s National Playwriting Prize and the George Ryga Prize in 2007 for his prose memoir, The Wolves at Evelyn. His latest book Motherstone: British Columbia’s Volcanic Plateau is a collaboration with photographer by Chris Harris.

Jean Wilson

Jean Wilson began her career in publishing at the University of Toronto Press in 1968. After 8 years there, she moved west – working as a freelance editor in both Vancouver and Toronto for the next 12 years. In 1988 she became Managing Editor at UBC Press where she stayed until 2008. During these 20 years she held a variety of positions including Senior Editor, Associate Director and Acting Director.

2009 Jury

Bolen Books Children's Book Prize

Thora Howell

Thora Howell began her career as a librarian and then a teacher librarian. She was a bookseller in Nanaimo for over 20 years and remains very active in the book community.

Andrea Brimmell

Andrea Brimmell is a librarian at the Greater Victoria Public Library. She is the Branch Head of both the Juan de Fuca Library in Colwood and the Goudy Express Branch in Langford. She was a Children‘s Librarian for many years at the Central Library and at the Esquimalt Branch. Andrea is a storyteller who has performed in numerous schools and at community events.

Bill Valgardson

Bill Valgardson has won multiple literary awards in multiple genres. He is a novelist, essayist, playwright, short fiction writer, and children‘s author. He recently retired from the University of Victoria‘s Creative Writing Department.

City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

Sandra Anderson

Sandra Anderson is a librarian. Born and educated in Toronto, she has worked in libraries in Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan. She moved to Victoria in 1995 to accept the position of CEO of the Greater Victoria Public LIbrary. She served in that capacity until she retired in 2006.

Marilyn Horsdal

Marlyn Horsdal is a respected publisher, editor and writer. She has been active in the book community of BC for over 30 years.

Brian Brett

Brian Brett is the author of ten books of poetry and fiction. He writes, teaches and runs a working farm on Salt Spring Island.

2008 Jury

Bolen Books Children's Book Prize

Victor Bosson

Children’s book illustrator

Megan Scott

Owner, Ivy’s Bookshop

Abby Ranger

Assistant editor, Scholastic Press

City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

Jessica Walker

Buyer, Munro’s Books

Neil McAllister

Branch Head, Oak Bay Library

Kathryn Bridge

Archivist and manager, British Columbia Archives, Royal BC Museum Corporation

2007 Jury

Bolen Books Children's Book Prize

Jennifer Rowan

Youth Librarian at GVPL

Dave Hill

Manager, Munro’s

George McWhirter

Vancouver author

City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

Jennifer Rowan

Youth Librarian at GVPL

Dave Hill

Manager, Munro’s

George McWhirter

Vancouver author

2006 Jury

Bolen Books Children's Book Prize

Mel Bolen

CEO Bolen Books

Katherine Pearson

Victoria author

Henry Wetselaar

Retired librarian

City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

Mel Bolen

CEO Bolen Books

Katherine Pearson

Victoria author

Henry Wetselaar

Retired librarian

2005 Jury

Bolen Books Children's Book Prize

Trevor Carolin

North Vancouver author

Mary Virtue

Retired librarian

Neil Williams

Owner, Williams Books

City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

Trevor Carolin

North Vancouver author

Mary Virtue

Retired librarian

Neil Williams

Owner, Williams Books

2004 Jury

Bolen Books Children's Book Prize

Barbara Greeniaus

John Moore

Yvonne Sharpe

City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

Barbara Greeniaus

John Moore

Yvonne Sharpe