Victoria’s Sarah Cox won the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize for region-specific writing at the B.C. Book Prizes gala in Vancouver over the weekend, one of the strongest years on record for writers from Vancouver Island and the surrounding region.
Cox, one of seven winners feted at the event, won for Breaching the Peace: The Site C Dam and a Valley’s Stand Against Big Hydro. She bested several fellow local nominees for the award, including the Council of the Haida Nation, Victoria’s Bil Gaston and Salt Spring Island’s Harley Rustad.
Cox was the only local writer to be honoured by the West Coast Book Prize Society, despite nearly half of this year’s 35 nominees hailing from the Vancouver Island area.
B.C. Book Prizes are open to British Columbia writers and publishers whose work has had a print run of at least 350 copies within its first 12 months of publication.
— Times Colonist