Saltspring Island-based writer Brian Brett has been named this year’s recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence.
The award recognizes British Columbia writers who have contributed to the development of literary excellence in the province.
Brett has written 11 books of various genres, including his 2009 memoir Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life, which won the Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize and the B.C. Book Prize (Booksellers’ Choice).
He is also extremely active in the literary community. Brett inaugurated the BC Poetry-In-The-Schools program, was elected chair of The Writers’ Union of Canada in 2005, has organized festivals – including this year’s inaugural Words Without Borders festival – and has taught writing both at workshops and through the University of British Columbia’s online Master’s Degree program in creative writing.
The jury for this year’s award was author (and last year’s recipient) George Bowering, writer/critic Max Wyman and Evelyn Gillespie, who owns Laughing Oyster Books in Courtenay, B.C.
Lieutenant Governor Steven Point will present the award to Brett on May 12 at the BC Book Prizes Gala in Vancouver.