A number of authors who have become familiar with literary prize shortlists have another one to add to the virtual trophy cabinet, with the finalists revealed for the 28th annual BC Book Prizes on Thursday.
Up for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize are Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Esi Edugyan’s Half-Blood Blues; Vancouver Book Award winner Michael Christie’s The Beggar’s Garden, BBC National Short Story Prize winner D.W. Wilson’s Once You Break a Knuckle (the prize was for his story The Dead Roads, which appears in this debut collection), Frances Greenslade’s Shelter and Steven Price’s Into That Darkness. Price is Edugyan's husband.
Up for the Hubert Evans Non-fiction Prize are Carmen Aguirre’s memoir Something Fierce, which recently won the first non-fiction edition of CBC’s Canada Reads; Charlotte Gill’s Eating Dirt, which won BC’s National Award for Creative Non Fiction; JJ Lee’s The Measure of a Man, which was shortlisted for the Charles Taylor Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award; Gary Geddes’ Drink the Bitter Root; and Theresa Kishkan’s Mnemonic: A Book of Trees.
The nominees for the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize, which recognizes the book that contributes most to the enjoyment and understanding of B.C., are Chuck Davis for The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver; Fred Herzog for Fred Herzog: Photographs; Andrew Nikiforuk for Empire of the Beetle: How Human Folly and a Tiny Bug are Killing North America’s Great Forests; Sheryl Salloum’s The Life and Art of Mildred Valley Thornton; and Scott Watson’s Thrown: British Columbia’s Apprentices of Bernard Leach and Their Contemporaries.
Nominated for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award are Davis, Gill, and Herzog’s books, as well as Gary Hynes’ Island Wineries of British Columbia and Robert J. Wiersema’s Walk Like a Man: Coming of Age with the Music of Bruce Springsteen.
Poets Patrick Lane, Susan McCaslin, Garry Thomas Morse, John Pass and Sharon Thesen are up for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, and there are prizes as well for children’s literature – -illustrated and non-illustrated.
The prizes, worth $14,000 collectively, will be awarded on May 12.