Pair of local authors make longlist for CBC prize

The 2021 CBC Nonfiction Prize has announced its longlist of nominees, which includes three authors from the Vancouver Island area.

Books by Victoria writers Machenka Eriksen and Kirsten Dunbar, and Libby Gunn of Gabriola Island were selected from more than 2,000 English-language submissions. Gunn was feted for Whitefish, while Eriksen made the list for The Archaeologist’s Last Visit. Dunbar, who now lives in Creston, earned a nod for Ma.

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The shortlist will be announced on Wednesday. The winner — who will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, have their work published on CBC Books and the opportunity to attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity — will be announced on Sept. 29.

Each of the four finalists will receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their work published on CBC Books.

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