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The Best Books from British Columbia

The Sky is Falling by Kit PearsonBritish Columbia’s top authors, poets, and illustrators were honored this past weekend at the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala in Vancouver, BC.  Established in 1985, the BC Book Prizes consists of seven annual prizes, including prizes for fiction, poetry, and children’s literature. AbeBooks is a proud sponsor of the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize.

This year’s big prize, the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence, was awarded to beloved children’s author Kit Pearson.

In a career spanning three decades, Kit Pearson has demonstrated mastery in that most traditional of genres, the novel for young readers. In both her fantasies and her historical fiction she looks to the past: to Canada’s war guests, to the War of 1812, to Alberta in 1949, and to Mayne Island in the 1930s. She sees children as those residents of the past who are largely overlooked in the story of where we have come from.

– Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence jury

2014’s BC Book Prizes winners include CBC celebrity Grant Lawrence. David Stouck’s biography of architect Arthur Erickson took home two awards. Keep reading for the the complete list of prizes and winners.

BC Book Prizes

Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize: Anatomy of a Girl Gang by Ashley Little

Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize: Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life by David Stouck

Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize: The Place of Scraps by Jordan Abel

Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize: Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life by David Stouck

Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize: The New Normal by Ashley Little

Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize: How To, illustrated by Julie Morstad

Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award: The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie by Grant Lawrence

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