Deborah Campbell, Richard Wagamese and Jennifer Manuel among B.C. Book Prize winners

The awards — worth $2,000 each — highlight outstanding writers and publishers from British Columbia.
Deborah Campbell, Richard Wagamese and Jennifer Manuel were three of the authors to win B.C. Book Prizes this year. (J.L. Campbell/File photo/Nick Caumanns)

The winners of the 2017 B.C. Book Prizes were announced on April 29, 2017. The awards, which have been given out annually since 1985, highlight outstanding writers and publishers from British Columbia. Each prize winner receives $2,000.

Jennifer Manuel won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for her debut novel, The Heaviness of Things That Float. The book's protagonist is Bernadette, a nurse living in a West Coast First Nations reserve. When a boy with close ties to her goes missing, the community is thrown into disarray.

Deborah Campbell won the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize for her book, A Disappearance in Damascus: A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War. The book, which is about her experience working undercover as a journalist in Damascus, also won the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction.

The Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award went to Richard Wagamese for Embers: One Ojibway's Meditations. This book of short meditations include thoughtful reflections and lessons about being human. Wagamese died on March 10, 2017.

The other winners were:

  • The Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize: If I Were in a Cage I'd Reach Out for You by Adèle Barclay
  • Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize: Mapping My Way Home: A Gitxsan History by Neil J. Sterritt
  • Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize: The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence
  • Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize: My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray Smith

Douglas Coupland received the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence for his contributions to B.C. literary culture.


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