The Sunshine Coast is well represented in this year’s BC and Yukon Book Prizes shortlist.
Harbour Publishing’s British Columbia in Flames: Stories from a Blazing Summer, by North Vancouver author Claudia Cornwall, is a finalist for the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Book Prize, which is awarded to the author of the book which contributes the most to the enjoyment and understanding of the province of British Columbia.
Harbour Publishing also has two nominations for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award -- one for On the Cusp of Contact: Gender, Space and Race in the Colonization of British Columbia, by renowned historian Jean Barman and editor Margery Fee; and the other for Raven Squawk, Orca Squeak, a vibrant board book aimed at young children, by award-winning and bestselling authors Robert Budd and Roy Henry Vickers.
The Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award is presented to both the originating BC publisher and author of the best book published in the preceding year that is the most successful in terms of public appeal, initiative, design, production and content. It is determined by a ballot vote by independent booksellers throughout BC.
The BC and Yukon Book Prizes, established in 1985, are awarded annually in eight categories, with the intent to celebrate the best writing and publishing in the region. The awards carry a cash prize of $3000 plus a certificate. The winners of this year’s awards will be announced on Saturday, September 18, 2021. For more information, visit www.bcyukonbookprizes.com.