The Beggar's Garden wins Vancouver Book Award
A short story collection set in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside has earned the 2011 City of Vancouver Book Award.
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson awarded the $2,000 prize to The Beggar's Garden author Michael Christie at a city council meeting on Tuesday.
Now based in his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ont., Christie is a former professional skateboarder who previously lived in Vancouver and worked in homeless shelters and as a mental health outreach worker in the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood.
The City of Vancouver Book Award jury found the short story collection to be "an exciting debut that presented a sensitive and playful portrayal of those working and inhabiting this part of Vancouver. Beautifully written, the book humanized the neighbourhood," according to a statement.
Other nominees included:
- Lynne Bowen for Whoever Gives us Bread.
- Wayde Compton for After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, and Region.
- Lesley McKnight for Vancouver Kids.
Established in 1989, the Vancouver Book Award celebrates writers who "demonstrate excellence and enhance our understanding of Vancouver's rich history and culture."