Eden Robinson, David Chariandy among 2018 BC Book Prize finalists

The West Coast Book Prize Society announces finalists for the 34th Annual BC Book Prizes in seven categories.
Novles by Eden Robinson and David Chariandy are shortlisted for the BC Book Prize. (Red Works Photography/Joy van Tiedemann)

The West Coast Book Prize Society announced its finalists for the 34th Annual BC Book Prizes this week. Among the shortlisted are the coming-of-age novels Brother by David Chariandy and Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson.

The seven categories, which honour books by B.C. writers and publishers, include best fiction, non-fiction, regional work highlighting British Columbia, poetry, illustrated children's literature, non-illustrated children's literature and booksellers' choice, awarded for public appeal, initiative and overall design and content.

See all of the 2018 nominees below.

Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize:

Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize:

Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize:

  • Where It Hurts by Sarah de Leeuw
  • Changing Tides: Vanishing Voices of Nikkei Fishermen and Their Families edited by Kotaro Hayashi, Fumio "Frank" Kanno, Henry Tanaka and Jim Tanaka
  • Secwépemc People, Land, and Laws: Yerí7 re Stsq'ey's-kucw by Marianne Ignace and Ronald E. Ignace 
  • Fighting for Space: How a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City's Struggle with Addiction by Travis Lupick
  • Surrey: A City of Stories by K. Jane Watt

Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize:

  • Prison Industrial Complex Explodes by Mercedes Eng
  • Frequent, small loads of laundry by Rhonda Ganz 
  • An Honest Woman by Jónína Kirton 
  • The Rules of the Kingdom by Julie Paul 
  • Fragments, Desire by Onjana Yawnghwe 

Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize:

  • A Day with Yayah by Nicola Campbell, illustrated by Julie Flett 
  • The Nameless City: The Stone Heart by Faith Erin Hicks 
  • Charles by Stephen Hume, illustrated by Jessica Bromley Bartram 
  • Wolf Island by Ian McAllister and Nicholas Read 
  • The Alphabet Thief by Bill Richardson, illustrated by Roxanna Bikadoroff 

Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize:

Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award:

  • Bad Endings by Carleigh Baker 
  • On Island: Life Among the Coast Dwellers by Pat Carney
  • Spindrift: A Canadian Book of the Sea edited by Anita Hadley and Michael L. Hadley
  • Dirty Windshields: The Best and the Worst of the Smugglers Tour Diaries by Grant Lawrence
  • Hello Humpback! by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd

The winners in the seven categories will be announced at the Lieutenant Governor's BC Book Prizes Gala on May 4, 2018 in Vancouver.


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