Winners of the 29th Annual BC Book Prizes Announced

The West Coast Book Prize Society handed out the 2013 BC Book Prizes on May 4 at Government House in Victoria. British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, was in attendance. From April 17-May 3, a selection of the shortlisted authors were part of BC Book Prizes On Tour presented by Rio Tinto Alcan. This author reading tour took finalists to schools, bookstores, and public libraries in many communities throughout BC. 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: Glen Huser, Sheryl McFarlane, Pam Wi\thers

Middle of NowhereMiddle of Nowhere
Written by Caroline Adderson
(Groundwood Books)
When his mother doesn’t return from her all-night job at the local gas bar, Curtis must keep her absence a secret and look after himself and his five-year old brother, Artie. He knows exactly what will happen if any of the teachers find out the truth. He remembers his last foster home all too clearly. But when it all becomes too much for him to handle, Curtis and Artie befriend Mrs. Burt, the cranky, lonely old lady across the street. When the authorities start to investigate, Mrs. Burt and the boys abscond to her remote cabin by the lake. At the lake, the boys’ days are filled with wood-chopping, outhouse-building, fishing, swimming and Mrs. Burt’s wonderful cooking. But then the weather grows colder, and Mrs. Burt seems to be preparing to spend the winter at the cabin. Have they really all just absconded to the lake for a summer holiday? Or have the two boys been kidnapped? Caroline Adderson is the author of several award-winning books for adults and children. She lives in Vancouver, BC.

Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize
Supported by Ampersand Inc. and Kate Walker
Judges: Dianna Bonder, Marguerite Ruurs, Yukiko Tosa

Maggie’s Chopsticks Maggie’s Chopsticks
Written by Alan Woo
Illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant
(Kids Can Press)
oor Maggie struggles to master her chopsticks — it seems nearly everyone around the dinner table has something to say about the “right” way to hold them! But when Father reminds her not to worry about everyone else, Maggie finally gets a grip on an important lesson. Alan Woo was born in England and grew up in Vancouver. His work has been published in RicePaper magazine and Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine. Isabelle Malenfant lives and works in Montréal with her family. She loves the creation of characters and sensitive stories, which are sometimes funny, sometimes dark.

For a complete list of the award winners and finalists in all categories, please visit the BC Book Prizes website at