From left: Susin Nielsen (Tallulah Photography, Anakana Schofield and Susan Juby are finalists for the BC Book Awards.
The shortlists for the 2016 BC Book Prizes were announced on Wednesday. The winners of the seven categories will be revealed on April 30 at the Lieutenant Governor's BC Book Prizes Gala.
Anakana Schofield's Martin John is among the finalists. Schofield's novel was also shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, but lost out to André Alexis's Fifteen Dogs.
We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen is nominated in the children's literature category. Nielsen is also nominated for a CILIP Carnegie Medal for her book.
Here are all of the shortlisted books:
Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize:
Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize for the book that "contributes most to the enjoyment and understanding of British Columbia":
- Tod Inlet: A Healing Place by Gwen Curry
- Ground-Truthing: Reimagining the Indigenous Rainforests of BC's North Coast by Derrick Stacey Denholm
- Resettling the Range: Animals, Ecologies, and Human Communities in British Columbia by John Thistle
Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize:
- The Real Thing: The Natural History of Ian McTaggart Cowan by Briony Penn
- Made in British Columbia: Eight Ways of Making Culture by Maria Tippett
Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize:
- Transmitter and Receiver by Raoul Fernandes
- The Fire Extinguisher by Miranda Pearson
- Foreign Park by Jeff Steudel
Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize:
- Peace is an Offering by Annette LeBox, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
- This Is Sadie by Sara O'Leary, illustrated by Julie Morstad
- Orca Chief by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd, illustrated by Roy Henry Vickers
Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize:
- Seven Dead Pirates by Linda Bailey
- The Case of the Missing Moonstone by Jordan Stratford
Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award for the publisher and author of "the best book in terms of public appeal, initiative, design, production and content":
- Cold Case Vancouver: The City's Most Baffling Unsolved Murders by Eve Lazarus
- Orca Chief by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd