City of Vancouver Book Award

City of Vancouver Book Award

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

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

The awards will be presented at an in-person event as part of the 2022 Vancouver Writers Fest  on Friday, October 21.

What's happeningFive finalists announced for the 2022 City of Vancouver Book Award

Five books that demonstrate excellence and reflect Vancouver’s unique character, rich diversity and culture, history, and residents have been selected as finalists for the annual City of Vancouver Book Award. 

The finalists are: 

  • Meghan Bell for Erase and Rewind (Book*hug Press)
  • Henry Doyle for No Shelter (Anvil Press)
  • Karen Duffek, Bill McLennan, and Jordan Wilson for Where the Power Is: Indigenous Perspectives on Northwest Coast Art (Figure 1 Publishing)
  • Grace Eiko Thomson for Chiru Sakura—Falling Cherry Blossoms (Caitlin Press)
  • Paul Wong, Debbie Cheung, and Christopher Lee for Occupying Chinatown (On Main)

Learn more about the finalists

Previous Book Award winners

Previous winners of the City of Vancouver Book Award include Michelle Good for Five Little Indians (2021); Catherine B Clement for Chinatown Through a Wide Lens: The Hidden Photographs of Yucho Chow (2020); Robert Watt and Susan Point for People Among the People: The public art of Susan Point (2019); Chelene Knight for Dear Current Occupant (2018); Carleigh Baker for Bad Endings (2017); and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Karen Duffek, and Tania Willard for Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories (2016).

Review more City of Vancouver Book Award winners and finalists from previous years

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