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Vancouver Book Award Winner – 2022

October 28th, 2022

Authors Karen Duffek, Bill McLennan and Jordan Wilson have won the 2022 Vancouver Book Award for their co-authored title, Where the Power Is: Indigenous Perspectives on Northwest Coast Art (Figure 1 Publishing $65).

Where the Power Is brings together over eighty contemporary Indigenous knowledge holders with works of historical Northwest Coast art. First Nations Elders, artists, scholars and other community members visited the Museum of Anthropology to connect with these objects, learn from the hands of their ancestors, and share their thoughts and insights.

2022 Vancouver Book Award Winners Karen Duffek (left) and Jordan Wilson. Photo by Jessica Jacobson.

The winner was announced last Friday afternoon at a ceremony at the NEST hosted by the Vancouver Writer’s Fest in partnership with the City and Vancouver Public Library.

The runners-up were:

Meghan Bell for Erase and Rewind (Book*hug Press)

Henry Doyle for No Shelter (Anvil Press)

Grace Eiko Thomson for Chiru Sakura—Falling Cherry Blossoms (Caitlin Press)

Paul Wong, Debbie Cheung, and Christopher Lee for Occupying Chinatown (On Main).

2022 Vancouver Book Award finalists and speakers: from L-R, Sandra Singh, Christopher Lee, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Councillor Pete Fry, Debbie Cheung, Paul Wong, Grace Eiko Thomson, Jordan Wilson, Meghan Bell, Karen Duffek, Henry Doyle, Christina de Castell. Photo by Jessica Jacobson.


The annual City of Vancouver Book Award has been recognizing authors of excellence of any genre since 1989. These authors contribute to the appreciation and understanding of Vancouver’s diversity, history, unique character, or the achievements of its residents.

The $3,000 prize is funded by our Publishing Reserve, which was established in 1977 as a permanent legacy for Vancouver writers and publishers.

Learn more about the Vancouver Book Awards, including details on the 2022 shortlist and previous years, and information about the selection committee.


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