City of Victoria names nominees for annual book prize

Several notables from the Victoria writing community — including Steven Price, Lorna Crozier, and Carla Funk — scored nominations for the 2020 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize on Wednesday.

The prize, now in its 17th year, awards $5,000 to a Greater Victoria author for the best book published in the preceding year in fiction, non-fiction or poetry categories.

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Finalists this year are Lorna Crozier (poetry) for The House the Spirit Builds; Carla Funk (non-fiction) for Every Little Scrap and Wonder: A Small-Town Childhood; Christin Geall (non-fiction) for Cultivated: The Elements of Floral Style; Carey Newman and Kirstie Hudson (non-fiction) for Picking Up the Pieces: Residential School Memories and the Making of the Witness Blanket; and Steven Price (fiction) for Lampedusa.

Nominees for the City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize, now in its 13th year, were also announced Wednesday.

The $5,000 prize is awarded to a Greater Victoria author or illustrator for the best children’s book published in the preceding year. Finalists are Sara Cassidy for Nevers; Mark Leiren-Young for Orcas Everywhere: The Mystery and History of Killer Whales; and Sylvia Olsen and Odelia Smith for Neekah’s Knitting Needles.

This year’s winners will be announced at Oct. 4 during a free online event hosted by CBC’s Gregor Craigie during the Victoria Festival of Authors. Tickets for the event are free but must be reserved in advance. For more information, visit

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