Our Sponsors

Thank you to our Sponsors, for their generous contributions.

The City of Victoria

The City of Victoria is a founding member of the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. The City’s financial commitment and constant support is evidence of their belief in the exceptional creative talent in this region and the need to celebrate local writers.

Brian Butler

Brian H. Butler has contributed generously to the arts community of Greater Victoria throughout many years to the present time. He is Past-President of the Victoria Symphony Society and has served on various community boards, including a church and a school, and a corporate campaign for the United Way. Recent directorships have included the Urban Development Institute, Aggregate Producers of B.C., and the B.C. Ready-Mixed Concrete Association.

Brian Butler was born locally and graduated from The University of Victoria with a B.A. in Philosophy. His business career began by operating several local businesses and has been the President and C.E.O. of Butler Brothers Supplies Ltd., an aggregate and ready-mix producer on lower Vancouver Island, since 1985.

Bolen Books

October 2008 marked in inaugural presentation of the $5000 Bolen Books Children’s Book award in Victoria. Until that time children’s books were competing with adult fiction and non-fiction as well as poetry. Mel Bolen, owner of Bolen Books said “Children’s books are adjudicated for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and their quality and variety is acknowledged. However, we felt that it was difficult for the many fine children’s books published in the region to compete with adult literature. We hope to address this problem by establishing this prize.”

Bolen Books received national acclaim in 2007 when presented with CBA Libris Award for Bookseller of the Year.