Victoria Book Prize Awards Gala is October 11

Victoria Book Prize Awards Gala - Tickets Available at the Door!

Winners of the Victoria Book Prize Awards will be announced at the Awards Gala on Wednesday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) at the Union Club of British Columbia at 805 Gordon Street.

Don't have a ticket? You can purchase tickets at the door for $20.

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:

M.A.C. Farrant  (poetry) – The Days: Forecasts, Warnings, Advice (Talonbooks)
Kevin Patterson (fiction) – News from the Red Desert (Random House Canada)
Steven Price (fiction) – By Gaslight (McClelland & Stewart)
Yasuko Thanh (fiction) – Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains (Hamish Hamilton)
Patricia Young (poetry) – Short Takes on the Apocalypse (Biblioasis)

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:

Kari Jones (ages 12+) – At the Edge of the World (Orca Book Publishers)
Margriet Ruurs (picture book) – Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey (Orca Book Publishers)
Robin Stevenson (ages 9-13) – Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community (Orca Book Publishers)

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, Friesens Corporation 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.