2018 Victoria Book Prize Finalists Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

VICTORIA, BC – Celebrating a 15-year milestone, the Victoria Book Prize Society and our sponsors are proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize.

The $5,000 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize is awarded to a Greater Victoria author for the best book published in the preceding year in the categories of fiction, non-fiction or poetry. The five finalists are:

Lorna Crozier (poetry) – What the Soul Doesn’t Want (Freehand Books)

Patrick Friesen (poetry) – Songen (Mother Tongue Publishing)

Rhonda Ganz (poetry) – Frequent, Small Loads of Laundry (Mother Tongue Publishing)

Bill Gaston (fiction) – A Mariner’s Guide to Self Sabotage (Douglas & McIntyre)

Maria Tippett (non-fiction) – Sculpture in Canada (Douglas & McIntyre)

The $5,000 Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize is awarded to a Greater Victoria author or illustrator for the best children’s book published in the preceding year. The three finalists are:

Monique Gray Smith – Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation (Orca Book Publishers)

Julie Lawson – A Blinding Light (Nimbus Publishers)

Dr. Jillian Roberts – On Our Street: Our First Talk About Poverty (Orca Book Publishers)

Two independent juries comprised of representatives from the literary arts community adjudicate the entries for literary merit. The winners will be announced at the Awards Gala hosted by CBC’s Gregor Craigie to be held on Wednesday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.) at the Union Club of British Columbia at 805 Gordon Street. Tickets are $20 and are available now at Bolen Books, Munro’s Books, Ivy’s Bookshop, Tanner’s Books, and the Victoria Book Prize Society at 250.589.8430 or at www.eventbrite.ca.

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 the, Greater Victoria Public Library, Island Blue Print, Magnolia Hotel and Spa, Chateau Victoria, Inn at Laurel Point, Friesens Corporation and CBC Radio.

The Victoria Book Prize Society establishes policy and criteria for the prizes, administers the competition and appoints the juries. For more information: www.victoriabookprizes.ca or www.victoria.ca.

For More Information:

Nichola Reddington, City of Victoria

Senior Cultural Planner

Arts, Culture and Events Office

250.361.0363

 

Alyssa Polinsky, President

Victoria Book Prize Society

250.893.1311

victoriabookprizes@shaw.ca