Finalists Announced for Victoria Book Prizes

Celebrating 12 years, the Victoria Book Prize Society is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2015 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:

Grant Buday - The Delusionist, fiction (Anvil Press)
Karen Enns - Ordinary Hours, poetry (Brick Books)
Arleen Paré - Lake of Two Mountains, poetry (Brick Books)
Julie Paul - The Pull of the Moon, fiction (Brindle & Glass Publishing)
Nancy Turner - Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge, non-fiction (McGill-Queen’s University Press)

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

Penny Chamberlain: Shack Island Summer, ages 8 - 12 (Sono Nis Press)
Laura Langston: The Art of Getting Stared At, ages13 - 17 (Razorbill Canada)
Chris Tougas: Dojo Daycare, ages 5 - 7 (Owlkids Books)

Two independent juries comprised of representatives from the literary arts community reviewed the entries for literary merit.

Gala Awards Tickets

The winners will be announced at the Awards Gala to be held on Wednesday, October 14 at 7:30 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 and the Victoria Book Prize Society by calling 250.595.8430.

About

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 Union Club of British Columbia, Greater Victoria Public Library, Island Blue Print, Magnolia Hotel and Spa, Hotel Grand Pacific, Chateau Victoria 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 here.