City of Victoria Butler Book Prize
Each spring, authors and illustrators from Greater Victoria are invited to participate in the Victoria Book Prize Society's annual awards consisting of the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and the Bolen Books Children's Book Prize. Finalists are announced in early September, with the annual Awards Gala taking place in mid-October.
Congratulations to the 2013 Victoria Book Prize Winners!
Two Greater Victoria authors were recognized for their literary achievements at the 2013 Victoria Book Prize Awards on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at the Union Club of British Columbia.
Stephen Reid, author of A Crowbar in the Buddhist Garden, was named the winner of the 10th annual City of Victoria Butler Book Prize; and
Polly Horvath, author of One Year in Coal Harbour, was named the winner of the 6th annual Bolen Books
Children's Book Prize.
Mayor Dean Fortin and event sponsor Brian H. Butler presented Al Forrie, Publisher of the Thistledown Press, with the $5,000 prize on behalf of Stephen Reid for his award-winning non-fiction book. Colin Holt of Bolen Books, presented the $5,000 Bolen Books Children's Book Prize to Polly Horvath for her award-winning fiction novel published by Groundwood Books.
About A Crowbar in the Buddhist Garden
Reid has created an affecting book about growing
old in prison in his collection of essays, A
Crowbar in the Buddhist Garden. He grapples with issues such as the painful
separation of family and friends, and the nature of addiction.
About One Year in Coal Harbour
In Polly Horvath's One Year in Coal Harbour, Primrose Squarp is back! The wise and
curious heroine of the Newbery Honor Book
Everything on a Waffle is facing another adventure-filled year in Coal
Harbour. Primrose's parents are safe at home, having once been lost at sea. But
now other people and places that Primrose loves are in precarious circumstances. Through a year of turmoil, Primrose is
undaunted as she tries to save what matters to her.
Congratulations to All of the Finalists!2013 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize Finalists:
C. P. Boyko, Psychology and Other Stories (fiction) published by Biblioasis
Lorna Crozier, The Book of Marvels: A Compendium of Everyday Things (non-fiction) published by Greystone Books
Bill Gaston, The World (fiction) published by Hamish Hamilton, an imprint of Penguin Canada
Christina Johnson-Dean, The Life and Art of Ina D. D. Uhthoff (non-fiction) published by Mother Tongue Publishing
Stephen Reid, A Crowbar in the Buddhist Garden (non-fiction) published by Thistledown Press
2013 Bolen Books Children's Book Prize Finalists:
Sarah N. Harvey, Three Little Words (fiction) published by Orca Book Publishers
Polly Horvath, One Year in Coal Harbour (fiction) published by Groundwood Books
Kit Pearson, And Nothing But the Truth (fiction) published by HarperCollins Canada
Victoria Book Prize Society
10th Annual City of Victoria Butler Book Prize
6th Annual Bolen Books Children's Book Prize
Madeline Sonik, Afflictions & Departures in 2012
Previous Bolen Books Children's Book Prize winners include:
How to Apply
April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013.
- City of Victoria Butler Book Prize - Submission Form and Guidelines
- Bolen Books Children's Book Prize - Submission Form and Guidelines
Submissions were to include the following:
- A submission form - completed and signed.
- FIVE copies of the book. (One copy will be part of a display at Victoria City Hall.)
- Entry fee. $25 per entry, payable by cheque to: The Victoria Book Prize Society
NOTE: Finalists were required to provide SEVEN additional copies for promotional purposes.
How to Submit
The Victoria Book Prize Society
c/o Target Storage Ltd., 13 - 747 Princess Avenue
Victoria, BC V8T 1K5
(Drop off: Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m./Sat, Sun and holidays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Victoria Book Prize Society
Manager of Culture, Sport and Neighbourhoods
Parks, Recreation and Culture Department