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Poetry collection YVR by W.H. New wins Vancouver Book Award

September 21 2012

The City of Vancouver Book Award has been presented every year since 1989 to recognize authors of books that demonstrate excellence and enhance our understanding of Vancouver’s rich history and culture.

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For the first time since 1999, a book of poetry has won the 2012 City of Vancouver Book Award. W.H. New’s YVR, his tenth book of poetry, is a city-wide Vancouver song presented in three distinct sections.  

An independent jury selected YVR for its maturity of concept and language, its musicality, rhythm and poetry of Vancouver place names, and the many political, geographic and community voices. The jury considered the poetry to be almost flawless, and they recommend the Main Street poems a must-read for Vancouverites.

W.H. New is well-known to Vancouver’s literary community as a prolific and versatile lecturer, editor of criticism and memoir and author of works of prose and poetry for adults and children. He has received the Governor General’s International Award in Canadian Studies and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

The City of Vancouver Book Award has been presented every year since 1989 to recognize authors of books that demonstrate excellence and enhance our understanding of Vancouver’s rich history and culture.

The other finalists for this year’s City of Vancouver Book Award were: John Mikhail Asfour and Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Editors, for V6A: Writing from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp Press); Claudia Cornwall for At the World's Edge: Curt Lang's Vancouver (Mother Tongue Publishing); Ali Kazimi for Undesirables: White Canada and the Komagata Maru (Douglas & McIntyre); and Jen Sookfong Lee for The Better Mother (Random House Canada).

The jury was comprised of former People’s Co-op bookseller Jane Bouey, author and educator David Chariandy, and retired Vancouver Sun books editor Rebecca Wigod.

Mr. New was also the recipient of a 2012 Mayor’s Arts Awards for Literary Arts. The Vancouver Book Award and Mayor’s Arts Awards were presented last night at a gala event at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre.

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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.