Winners of the 26th Annual BC Book Prizes Announced

The West Coast Book Prize Society announced the winners of the 2010 BC Book Prizes at Government House in Victoria on Saturday, April 24, 2010. Emceed by Shelagh Rogers of CBC Radio and featuring many well-known and beloved authors and personalities, the Gala is the province’s premier annual celebration of BC literature. British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Steven L. Point, OBC, was in attendance to present the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence. The winners of the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize and the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize are listed below.

Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize

Supported by the BC Library Association
Judges: Lois Brymer, John Burns, Ann Walsh

The Gryphon Project
Written by Carrie Mac
(Puffin Canada)

The Gryphon Project Phoenix envies her brother Gryphon. The daredevil and sports hero has all of his recons left: three more chances at life. But she is left with only one, and learns that her beloved brother is responsible for one of her deaths. When Gryphon himself has an accident, the governing body Chrysalis refuses to recon him, deeming his death to be a suicide. His friends’ code of silence makes it difficult to find out what happened, but Phoenix is determined to unravel the mystery and save her brother. Carrie Mac is the author of nine novels including Charmed, Crush, the Triskelia series and Pain & Wastings. Her novel The Beckoners won the Arthur Ellis YA Award, is a CLA Honour book, and has been optioned for film. She was raised in small-town British Columbia and now lives in Vancouver.

Finalists included Counting on Hope by Sylvia Olsen (Sono Nis Press); Inferno by Robin Stevenson (Orca Book Publishers); Return to Bone Tree Hill by Kristin Butcher (Thistledown Press); and The Ship of Lost Souls by Rachelle Delaney (HarperTrophyCanada)

Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize

Supported by Kate Walker and Company
Judges: Rae Maté, Phyllis Simon, Maggie de Vries

Maggie Can’t Wait
Written by Frieda Wishinsky
Illustrated by Dean Griffiths
(Fitzhenry & Whiteside)

Maggie Can’t Wait Maggie can’t wait to show her friends the picture of her soon-to-be adopted sister, but she is mortified by their reaction. Maybe the baby is as ugly as they say. Maybe her parents shouldn’t adopt that baby after all. But could it be that beauty is in the eye of the beholder? A delightful sequel to Give Maggie a Chance, Maggie Can’t Wait again features the little girl with the big imagination as she dreads the arrival of a new adopted sister and learns how easy it is to make up her own mind. Frieda Wishinsky is the author of many children’s books, including Jennifer Jones Won’t Leave Me Alone, The Man Who Made Parks and Nothing Scares Us. In 1999, Frieda was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Award for Each One Special. She lives in Toronto. Dean Griffiths is an illustrator and computer graphics animator from Duncan.

Finalists included Bubble Homes and Fish Farts by Fiona Bayrock, illustrated by Carolyn Conahan (Charlesbridge Publishing); Ella’s Umbrellas by Jennifer Lloyd, illustrated by Ashley Spires (Simply Read Books); On My Walk by Kari-Lynn Winters, illustrated by Christina Leist (Tradewind Books); and Vanishing Habitats by Robert Bateman with Nancy Kovacs, illustrated by Robert Bateman (Scholastic Canada/Madison Press)

About the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize
Awarded to the author of novels, including chapter books, aimed at juveniles and young adults, as well as non-fiction books for children (including biography) which have not been highly illustrated. The author must be a B.C./Yukon resident or have lived in B.C. or the Yukon for three of the past five years. The book may have been published anywhere.

About the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize
Awarded to the author and illustrator of picture books, picture story books, and illustrated non-fiction books. The prize is shared by the author and the illustrator. The author and/or illustrator must be a B.C./Yukon resident or have lived in B.C. or the Yukon for three of the past five years. The book may have been published anywhere.

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For more information, please contact:

West Coast Book Prize Society
#901– 207 W. Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7
Tel (604) 687-2405
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info@bcbookprizes.ca