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.

2020 and 2021 Awards

Six books that cover a range of genres have been selected as finalists for the annual City of Vancouver Book Awards.

The awards will be presented in a hybrid event on November 20.  Since the 2020 award was postponed due to the pandemic, we will announce two winners of the award who will each receive a $3,000 prize.

Short list

Honourable mention

Selection panel

Previous Book Award winners

Previous winners of the City of Vancouver Book Award include Robert D. Watt and Susan A. Point for People Among the People: The Public Art of Susan Point, Chelene Knight for Dear Current Occupant, Carleigh Baker for Bad Endings, and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Karen Duffek and Tania Willard for Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories.

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

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