Author Jack Hodgins and Illustrator Kristi Bridgeman Win Victoria Book Prize Awards

A Greater Victoria author and an illustrator were recognized for their literary achievements this evening at the 2011 Victoria Book Prize Awards Gala. Jack Hodgins, author of The Master of Happy Endings was named the winner of the 8th annual City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. Kristi Bridgeman, illustrator of Uirapurú (pronounced oor-a-pur-u), was named winner of the 4th annual Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize.

Mayor Dean Fortin and Brian H. Butler of Butler Brothers Supplies presented Jack Hodgins with a $5,000 cheque for his novel published by Thomas Allen Publishers, for best book published in the preceding year in the categories of fiction, literary non-fiction and poetry.

Samantha Holmes, owner and general manager of Bolen Books, presented Kristi Bridgeman with a $5,000 cheque for her illustration of the children’s book Uirapurú, written by P.K. Page and published by Oolichan Books.