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Chocolate Lily winners

May 16th, 2023

Here are the 2023 Chocolate Lily Awards:

-Novel Category: My Best Friend is Extinct (Orca $10.95) by Rebecca Wood Barrett (pictured at right) is about a young boy who befriends a strange prehistoric-like creature. Barrett has published short fiction in literary journals such as Room and Antigonish Review. She has an MFA in creative writing from UBC and lives in Whistler, where she is the artistic and executive director of the Whistler Writers Society. 

Roy and Slavia Miki

Chapter Book/Early Novel Category: Peggy’s Impossible Tale (Tradewind Books $19.95) by Slavia and Roy Miki; Illustrated by Mariko Ando. Told in the voice of a remarkable guinea pig named Peggy, this lovable pet learns how to communicate with the family that adopted her, and goes on to win a much-coveted prize for her accomplishments. Roy Miki’s book of poetry, Surrender, won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a Member of the Order of British Columbia. Slavia Miki is a life coach and studied feng shui under the late Henry Dorst. She earned her teacher’s licence in ikebana while living in Tokyo. Mariko Ando was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. She is an artist and illustrator and has exhibited widely in Japan and Canada. Her work has garnered much critical acclaim. She has lived in Vancouver for many years.

Glenn Brucker

-Picture Book Category: City Day (Douglas and McIntyre $22.95) by Glenn Brucker. His illustrated book tells the humorous story of wild animals that take it upon themselves to teach people a lesson about respect for nature. Brucker studied fine art at Kwantlen Polytechnic and classical animation at Vancouver Film School. He has illustrated three other books, including one that he also wrote.


​First created in 2002, the BC Chocolate Lily Young Readers’ Choice Awards encourage grade-school students to read some of the best books written and illustrated by British Columbia’s authors and illustrators in three categories: picture books, chapter books and novels. Students read the nominated titles and then vote for their favourite book.

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