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.
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).
For more information, visit victoriabookprizes.ca.