2013 Victoria Book Prize Nominees Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

VICTORIA, BC – Celebrating our tenth anniversary, the Victoria Book Prize Society is pleased to announce that eight authors from the Capital Region have been short-listed for the 2013 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize for adult literature and the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize. The winner of each prize will be awarded $5000.

The finalists for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize for adult literature are:

C. P. Boyko: Psychology and Other Stories, fiction (Biblioasis)
Lorna Crozier: The Book of Marvels: A Compendium of Everyday Things, non-fiction (Greystone Books)
Bill Gaston: The World, fiction (Hamish Hamilton)
Christina Johnson-Dean: The Life and Art of Ina D. D. Uhthoff, non-fiction (Mother Tongue Publishing)
Stephen Reid: A Crowbar in the Buddhist Garden, non-fiction (Thistledown Press)

The finalists for the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize are:

Sarah N. Harvey: Three Little Words, fiction (Orca Book Publishers)
Polly Horvath: One Year in Coal Harbour, fiction (Groundwood Books)
Kit Pearson: And Nothing But the Truth, fiction (HarperCollins)

Two independent juries comprised of representatives from the literary arts community reviewed the entries for literary merit. The winners will be announced at the ten-year anniversary awards gala to be held at the Union Club of Victoria, 805 Gordon Street, on October 16 at 7:30. Tickets are $15 and are available now from Bolen Books, Munro’s Books, Ivy’s Bookshop and the Victoria Book Prize Society (250-595-8430).

Founded in 2004, the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize is a partnership between the City of Victoria and Brian Butler of Butler Brothers Supplies. The Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize was founded in 2008. Additional sponsors include: Union Club of British Columbia, Greater Victoria Public Library, Island Blue Print, Magnolia Hotel and Spa, Thrifty Foods and CBC Radio.

The Victoria Book Prize Society establishes policy and criteria for the prizes, administers the competition and appoints the juries.

For further information call Michelle Wong, President VBPS at 250-888-9219 or visit www.victoriabookprizes.ca.