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City of Vancouver Book Award

City of Vancouver Book Award

2016 Book Awards finalists

By City of Vancouver

This year's shortlist is an eclectic collection that includes a non-fiction memoir, a book of poetry, and an art exhibition catalogue. Each book reveals the complicated vision of a city coming to terms with its past and a desire to better itself.

  • Wayde Compton and Renée Sarojini Saklikar, Finalists

    By City of Vancouver

    The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them l Anvil Press and SFU Public Square l This exquisite and accessible collection of poetry invites an intimate exploration of our complex city. Expertly edited, this gem of an anthology contains a myriad of perspectives, styles, and voices to celebrate our city in all of its diversity.

  • Lorimer Shenher, Finalist

    By City of Vancouver

    That Lonely Section of Hell l Greystone Books l In this memoir, ex-police detective Lorimer Shenher recounts his experience working on Vancouver's Missing and Murdered Women Investigation. Detailing the prejudices that shrouded the case, it is an honest look at our institutionalized failures, and a call to value all lives in our city.

  • Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Karen Duffek, and Tania Willard, Finalists

    By City of Vancouver

    Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories l Figure 1 Publishing and Museum of Anthropology at UBC l This provocative book explores the emphatically political and visually stunning artwork by celebrated contemporary artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. It is a beautiful and well-written publication, providing a timely challenge to the notion of what Vancouver is, as the city moves towards reconciliation with First Nations communities.

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

Get details City of Vancouver Book Award winners and finalists from previous years.

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