BC Book Prizes’ 2015 shortlist announced

The West Coast Book Prize Society announced the award shortlist for the 31st annual BC Book Prizes today. Authors, illustrators, and publishers are recognized in seven categories, the winners of which will be announced on April 25, 2015 at the annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala.

Several authors with SFU connections are on the 2015 shortlist:

Michael Springate, who received an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at SFU and has been an instructor for the School of Contemporary Art, is shortlisted for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for The Beautiful West & The Beloved of God (Guernica Editions).

Caroline Adderson, a former Writers’ Studio mentor and writing instructor in the Continuing Studies department, is shortlisted in two categories for two different books. Ellen in Pieces (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.) is shortlisted for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and Norman, Speak!, illustrated by Qin Leng (Groundwood Books) is shortlisted for the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize.

Margaret Horsfield, who received her BA in English from SFU, is shortlisted for the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize for Tofino and Clayoquot Sound: A History (Harbour Publishing), with co-author Ian Kennedy.

Kevin Chong, a current mentor for SFU’s The Writer’s Studio, is shortlisted for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize for Northern Dancer: The Legendary Horse That Inspired a Nation (Viking).

Jen Currin, a former Writers’ Studio mentor, received her MA in English at SFU. She is shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize for School (Coach House Books).

Roy Miki, professor emeritus in English at SFU, is shortlisted for the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize for Dolphin SOS (Tradewind Books), co-written by Slavia Miki and illustrated by Julie Flett.

To see the full list of titles, go to the BC Book Prizes website.