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2014 Vancouver Book Award finalists announced

September 11 2014

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Five books that reflect Vancouver’s unique character, culture and history have been selected as finalists for the 2014 City of Vancouver Book Award.

The 26th annual City of Vancouver Book Award will be presented at the Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre on October 7, 2014.

The books on this year’s shortlist cover a range of genres: fiction, non-fiction, short stories, poetry, and biography. Each book offers an original perspective on Vancouver’s diversity.

List of finalists

The 2014 Vancouver Book Award finalists are:

  • Bruce Grierson for What makes Olga Run? (Random House)
  • Doretta Lau for How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? (Nightwood Editions)
  • Ashley Little for Anatomy of a Girl Gang (Arsenal Pulp Press)
  • Billeh Nickerson for Artificial Cherry (Arsenal Pulp Press)
  • David Stouk for Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life (Douglas & McIntyre)

Book Award jury

The five shortlisted titles were chosen by an independent jury that included: Elee Kraljii Gardiner, an award-winning poet and director of Thursdays Writing Collective; Anna Ling Kaye, editor of Ricepaper magazine; and Jordan Abel, editor for Poetry Is Dead magazine and the former poetry editor for PRISM international.

Alma Lee, founder and former artistic director of the Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival, served as chair.

Discover more about the award and past winners

City of Vancouver Book Award

City of Vancouver Book Award

Since 1989, the annual City of Vancouver Book Award has been recognizing authors of excellence of any genre who contribute to the appreciation and understanding of Vancouver's history, unique character, or the achievements of its residents.