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City of Vancouver Book Award

2015 Book Award winner and finalists

By City of Vancouver

The 2015 shortlist covers a range of genres: non-fiction, short stories, poetry, and a children’s book. The short-listed books create a street-level walk through our city to amplify our pride and understanding of the flawed and beautiful, young but wise city we inhabit.

  • Wayde Compton, Winner

    By City of Vancouver

    The Outer Harbour | Arsenal Pulp Press | This collection of short stories is a creative manifesto for a radical change in Vancouver’s attitude to its marginalized citizens and land use to avert a crash-course with a dystopic, very-near future. Borrow this book from the library.

  • Bren Simmers, Finalist

    By City of Vancouver

    Hastings-Sunrise | Nightwood Editions | This book-length poem is a whimsical, yet political collection which balances vibrancy and eccentricity against the anxiety and despair of living amidst an affordability crisis in East Vancouver. Borrow this book from the library.

  • Aaron Chapman, Finalist

    By City of Vancouver

    Live at the Commodore | Arsenal Pulp Press | This work of non-fiction is an homage to the “Fabulous Commodore Ballroom,” a music venue which for 85 years has served as a cultural barometer for Vancouver. Borrow this book from the library.

  • Lois Simmie and Cynthia Nugent, Finalists

    By City of Vancouver

    Mister Got To Go, Where are you? | Red Deer Press | Author: Lois Simmie (top left). Illustrator: Cynthia Nugent (lower left) | This children’s book is the third in a lovingly written and illustrated Vancouver-based series featuring an impromptu journey by the iconic cat from the Sylvia Hotel. Borrow this book from the library.

  • Thank you to the jury

    By City of Vancouver

    We thank the independent jury for the months taken to read nominated titles and select the shortlist and winner. The 2015 jury 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).

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.

The $3,000 prize is funded by the City's Publishing Reserve, which was established in 1977 as a permanent legacy for Vancouver writers and publishers.

Previous award winners and finalists

Shortlists from past years

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