Victoria Book Prize finalists
September 10th, 2021
Two authors will come away with awards from the City of Victoria Book Prizes on the evening of Sunday, October 3.
Now in its 18th year, the $5,000 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize goes to a Greater Victoria author for the best book as selected by an independent jury (in the categories of fiction, non-fiction or poetry).
The five finalists are:
-Grant Buday (at right) for Orphans of Empire (fiction published by Brindle & Glass)
-Lorna Crozier for Through the Garden: A Love Story (with Cats) (non-fiction published by McClelland & Stewart)
-Briony Penn with Cecil Paul for Following the Good River: The Life and Times of Wa’xaid (non-fiction published by Rocky Mountain Books)
-Kyeren Regehr for Cult Life (poetry published by Pedlar Press)
-Madeline Sonik for Fontainebleau (fiction published by Anvil Press)
The $5,000 City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize, in its 14th year, goes to a Greater Victoria author or illustrator of the best children’s book. The three finalists, as judged by a second independent jury, are:
-Leanne Baugh for Wild Bird (fiction published by Red Deer Press)
-Leslie Gentile for Elvis, Me and the Lemonade Stand Summer (fiction published by Cormorant Books)
-Melanie Siebert for Heads Up: Changing Minds on Mental Health (non-fiction published by Orca Book Publishers).
This year, the submissions included books published between April 2019 and March 2021 to allow for books that missed last year’s submission deadline due to the pandemic. The winners will be announced at a free online event, hosted by CBC’s Gregor Craigie, on Sunday October 3 at 7 p.m. as part of the Victoria Festival of Authors.
Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance via the Victoria Book Prizes website: victoriabookprizes.ca