Authors Stephen Reid and Polly Horvath Win 2013 Victoria Book Prize Awards

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.   

Congratulations to all of this year's 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

Read about the winning authors and their books.

Victoria Book Prize Society 

The Victoria Book Prize Society is a non-profit organization that establishes the policy and criteria for the two prizes, appoints the juries, and administers the competitions. Two independent juries comprised of representatives from the literary arts community are appointed by the Society to review and assess the submissions. Learn more.