Esi Edugyan, Lorna Crozier among Victoria book prize nominees

A number of well-known authors drew nominations Wednesday for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and the Victoria Children’s Book Prize, each of which awards $5,000 to two winning writers from the Greater Victoria area.

Esi Edugyan (for Washington Black) and Lorna Crozier (God of Shadows) lead the pack of poets and fiction and non-fiction writers vying for the Butler Book Prize, a list that also includes Robert Amos (E.J. Hughes Paints Vancouver Island), Darrel J. McLeod (Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age), and Kathy Page (Dear Evelyn). Kit Pearson and Katherine Farris (The Magic Boat), Aidan Cassie (Sterling, Best Dog Ever) and Jenny Manzer (My Life as a Diamond) are among the authors and illustrators competing for the Victoria Children’s Book Prize.

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The nominees for both awards were chosen by two independent juries of local literary arts professionals assembled by the Victoria Book Prize Society.

The winners will be announced Oct. 9 at a gala at the Union Club of British Columbia (805 Gordon St.). Tickets are $20 at Munro’s Books, Ivy’s Bookshop, Tanner’s Books, Russell Books, Bolen Books and the Victoria Book Prize Society (250-294-7774).

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