Joy Kogawa, Mohamed Fahmy among nominees for BC Book Prizes

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Finalists across seven categories have been announced for the annual BC Book Prizes. The provincial awards recognize B.C. writers and publishers.

Memoirs by Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy, who spent 438 days in a maximum security prison in Egypt, and CanLit icon Joy Kogawa are among the shortlisted nonfiction books that also includes books by 2012 Canada Reads winner Carmen Aguirre and 2016 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize winner Deborah Campbell.

Anosh Irani cracks the fiction shortlist for his novel The Parcel, which was nominated for both the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and Governor General's Literary Award for fiction last year.

The winners will be announced on April 29, 2017 in Vancouver. 

The finalists of the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, the award for best work of fiction, are:

The finalists of the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize, the award for the book that most contributes to the "enjoyment and understanding" of B.C., are:

  • The Recorded History of the Liard Basin 1790-1910 by Anthony Kenyon
  • A Perfect Eden by Michael Layland
  • Crossing Home Ground by David Pitt-Brooke
  • The Peace in Peril by Christopher Pollon, with photos by Ben Nelms
  • Mapping My Way Home by Neil J. Sterritt

The finalists of the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, the award for the best nonfiction literary work, are:

The finalists of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, the award for best poetry collection, are:

The finalists of the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize, the award for best picture book, are:

  • My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Julie Flett
  • Today by Julie Morstad
  • Stepping Stones by Margriet Ruurs, illustrated by Nizar Ali Badr
  • Deep Roots by Nikki Tate
  • Peace Dancer by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd, illustrated by Vickers

The finalists for the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize, awarded to the best non-illustrated book for children, are:

The finalists for the Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award, a prize for the "best book in terms of public appeal, initiative, design, production and content," are:

  • The Last Gang in Town by Aaron Chapman
  • Wade Davis: Photographs by Wade Davis
  • A Perfect Eden by Michael Layland
  • Peace Dancer by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd, illustrated by Vickers
  • Embers by Richard Wagamese
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