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2015 Vancouver Book Award finalists announced

October 13 2015

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Four books that reflect Vancouver's unique character, culture, and history have been selected as finalists for the 2015 City of Vancouver Book Award.

The 27th 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 November 12, 2015.

The books on this year's shortlist cover a range of genres: non-fiction, short stories, poetry, and children's literature. The short-listed books create a street-level walk through our city that amplifies our pride and understanding of Vancouver. 

List of finalists

The 2015 finalists are:

  • Aaron Chapman for Live at the Commodore (Arsenal Pulp Press), an homage to the the historic Commodore Ballroom, a music venue which for 85 years has served as a cultural barometer for Vancouver
  • Wayde Compton for The Outer Harbour (Arsenal Pulp Press), a story collection that acts as a creative manifesto for radical change in Vancouver's attitude toward its marginalized citizens and land use
  • Bren Simmers for Hastings-Sunrise (Nightwood Editions), a whimsical, yet political collection of poetry which balances vibrancy and eccentricity against the anxiety and despair of living amidst an affordability crisis in East Vancouver
  • Lois Simmie and Cynthia Nugent for Mister Got To Go, Where are you? (Red Deer Press), an illustrated Vancouver-based children's book featuring an impromptu journey by the iconic cat from the Sylvia Hotel

Book Award jury

The four shortlisted titles were chosen by an independent jury that included: Anna Ling Kaye, editor of Ricepaper Magazine and 2015 Journey Prize Anthology author; Zoey Leigh Peterson, novelist and librarian; and Sirish Rao, artistic director and co-founder of the Indian Summer Festival.

Learn more about the award and past winners