Esi Edugyan, Charlotte Gill win B.C. Book Prizes
Late Vancouver historian Chuck Davis a double-winner
West Coast authors Esi Edugyan and Charlotte Gill won further acclaim on the weekend, with the two writers among the latest recipients of the B.C. Book Prizes.
Edugyan won the Ethel Wilson fiction prize for Half-Blood Blues, which follows the story of jazz musicians in 1940s Paris and later, in Poland in the 1990s. The Victoria writer nabbed the Giller in November and she earned a nomination for the U.K.'s upcoming Orange Prize.
Gill's Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe, picked up the Hubert Evans non-fiction prize. Her vivid book, based on 17 years she spent as a tree-planter, examines the logging industry. In February, it won the prestigious B.C. National Award for Canadian non-fiction.
The late Chuck Davis, a former broadcaster and beloved historian who died in November 2010, was a posthumous winner at Saturday's ceremony in Vancouver.
His final book, The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver, won both the Roderick Haig-Brown regional prize and the Bill Duthie booksellers' choice award.
Other winners included:
- Dorothy Livesay poetry prize: crawlspace by John Pass.
- Christie Harris illustrated children's literature prize: When I was Small, Sara O'Leary (author) and Julie Morstad (illustration).
- Sheila A. Egoff children's literature prize: Blood Red Road by Moira Young.
Each category winner receives $2,000.
Author, poet and farmer Brian Brett was previously announced as the latest recipient of the B.C. Lieutenant Governor's Award for literary excellence, which carries a $5,000 prize.
Established in 1985 to celebrate British Columbian writers and publishers, the B.C. Book Prizes are administered by the West Coast Book Prize Society.