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Nominees for the 2022 Victoria Book Prizes include Esi Edugyan, Gregor Craigie

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Colwood author Esi Edugyan is nominated for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. THOMAS ALLEN

Eight local authors have made the short list for the 2022 Victoria Book Prize, which include the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize.

The five finalists competing for the $5,000 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize, which includes fiction, non-fiction and poetry released between April 2021 and March 202, are: Barry Gough (for Possessing Meares Island: A Historian’s Journey into the Past of Clayoquot Sound); Esi Edugyan (Out of the Sun: On Race and Storytelling); Arleen Paré (First), Gregor Craigie (On Borrowed Time: North America’s Next Big Quake); and Amanda Swinimer (The Science and Spirit of Seaweed: Discovering Food, Medicine and Purpose in the Kelp Forests of the Pacific Northwest).

The City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize, which also awards its winner $5,000, includes finalists Wendy Proverbs (for Aggie and Mudgy: The Journey of Two Kaska Dena Children), Frances Backhouse (Beavers: Radical Rodents and Ecosystem Engineers), and Teoni Spathelfer (White Raven).

The winners of both prizes will be announced Oct. 12 during an in-person gala at The Union Club of British Columbia (805 Gordon St.). Tickets are $26.74 and can be purchased from victoriabookprizes.ca.

mdevlin@timescolonist.com.