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Victoria Book Prize 2014 Finalists Announced


The Victoria Book Prize society announced the 2014 nominations for the City of Victoria Bulter Book Prize and the Bolen Books Children's Book Prize on September 17th. Two independent juries selected the finalists, looking for the best books by Greater Victoria authors from the past year.

Many of our publishers and their authors were selected as finalists for both awards this year. Congratulations to:

Brick Books for The Lost Letters by Catherine Greenwood (Butler Prize)

Coteau Books for Every Happy Family by Dede Crane (Butler Prize) and Day of the Cyclone by Penny Draper (Children's Book Prize)

Biblioasis & ECW Press Both Celebrate 2014 Giller Prize Longlist Nominees


The Scotiabank Giller Prize celebrated its 21st year by announcing its longlist at McGill University, alma mater of the Prize's founder Jack Rabinovitch, on September 16th. Over 160 titles were submitted from over 60 publishers nationwide and this year's jury of Shauna Singh Baldwin, Justin Cartwright, and Francine Prose, narrowed it down to a longlist of 12 titles.

Of those 12 titles, a quarter come from our very own member publishers. Congratulations to Biblioasis and ECW Press on their nominations.

Biblioasis author Kathy Page was nominated for her short story collection, Paradise and Elsewhere, and

Theytus Books Authors Honoured at the Ontario Premier’s Awards


The Ontario Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts were handed out on September 16th at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. The Awards were created by the Government of Ontario in 2006 and are given out annually to individual artists as well as arts organizations that make significant contributions to the arts in Ontario. The Ontario Arts Council selects a jury to evaluate the candidates and select a winner each year.

Congratulations to Theytus Books on having two of its authors recognized this year:

Lee Maracle, author of many books including her first poetry collection Bent Box, received the Individual Artists Award, and