Congratulations to CWILL’s BC Book Prizes 2017 finalists!
Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize presented to the best illustrated book written for children:
- Margriet Ruurs, illustrated by Nizar Ali Badr, Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey (Orca Book Publishers)
Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize awarded to the best non-illustrated book written for children:
- Kathleen Cherry, Everyday Hero (Orca Book Publishers)
- Kit Pearson, A Day of Signs and Wonders (HarperCollins Publishers)
- Robin Stevenson, Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community (Orca Book Publishers)
The winners will be announced at the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala on Sat, April 29, 2017 at the Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel in Vancouver. British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, will be in attendance.
At the Gala, the 2017 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence will also be presented (announcement date April 4). This award was established in 2003 by the Honourable Iona Campagnolo to recognize British Columbia writers who have contributed to the development of literary excellence in the province. In 2016, the 13th annual award was presented to Alan Twigg. Winners in the seven categories and the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence will collectively receive $19,000 in cash prizes.
A selection of the shortlisted authors (to be announced in the coming weeks) will be part of BC Book Prizes On Tour. This author reading tour will take finalists to schools and public venues in many communities throughout BC in April 2017.
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR’S AWARD FOR LITERARY EXCELLENCE announcement: April 4, 2017
BC BOOK PRIZES ON TOUR: April 2017, FREE events in several BC communities (more info to come)
BC BOOK PRIZES SOIRÉE: April 5, 2017; Vancouver, location TBA (a casual celebratory event to kick off the festivities)
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR’S BC BOOK PRIZES GALA: Saturday, April 29, 2017, Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel in Vancouver; Tickets online starting Monday, March 13, 2017.
— Karen Green, Rebus Creative