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2013 BC Book Prize Winners

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The West Coast Book Prize Society is thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2013 BC Book Prizes. Congratulations to the authors, illustrators and publishers! The winners of the 2013 Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence were announced at the BC Book Prizes Soirée on April 10.
The World

The World

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Weaving together five heartbreaking stories, Bill Gaston transforms the cruelty of life into something not only beautiful but heartwarming.

A recently divorced, early retiree accidentally burns down his house on the day he pays off the mortgage, only to discover that for the first time in his life he’s forgotten to pay a bill: his insurance premium. An old friend of his, a middle-aged musician, prepares for her suicide to end the pain of esophageal cancer. Her father, who left his family to st …

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The Art of the Impossible

The Art of the Impossible

Dave Barrett and the NDP in Power, 1972-1975

At his first cabinet meeting Premier Dave Barrett takes off his shoes, leaps onto the leather-inlaid cabinet table and skids the length of the room. "Are we here for a good time or a long time?" he roars. His answer: a good time, a time of change, action, doing what was needed and right, not what was easy and conventional.

He set the tone for a government that changed the face of the province. During the next three years, he and his team passed more legislation in a shorter time than any governme …

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Geographies of a Lover

Geographies of a Lover

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Sarah de Leeuw's Geographies of a Lover is a sexually charged travelogue of love, lust, and loss.Drawing inspiration from such works as Pauline Réage's The Story of O and Marian Engel's Bear, de Leeuw's poetry uses the varied landscape of Canada--from the forests of North Vancouver through the Rocky Mountains, the prairies, and all the way to the Maritimes--to map the highs and lows of an explicit and raw sexual journey, from earliest infatuation to insatiable obsession and beyond.

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Something terrible may one day happen to you.

A car accident in the countryside when you are collecting
two new kittens for your children. A random act of terrorism
in a café you nipped into while looking for a book of poetry
(perhaps even for me). A subway derailment as you travel to
work after making breakfast for your family. A heart attack
on a Tuesday morning. A drunk driver careening into a busy
sidewalk. A misstep on the stairs of your university's fire exit.
Or, much more likely, something small and without reason
or warning.

I would never know.

Our lines of communications would just end.

Maybe you finally had second thoughts, or feelings of guilt,
and lacked the courage to tell me.

Maybe the time finally came when you chose your family
over me.

It would be my burden to respect not hearing from you. Those
who love you like I do, your wife, your children, your in-laws
and family members, they would be the ones to plan details.
In the ways that loved ones do. With phone lists and contact
sheets and word of mouth.

I am a detail impossible to factor in.

Distance is what defines a lover.

I am far from waking up beside you day after day. I am separate
from leaking windows and weeds in the driveway. I am beyond
a kitchen sink with dishes calling.

I will never experience mourning you publicly.

I will never see how your youngest child brought you close to tears
by asking why red finger paint looks so much like the blood of
that woman you all saw in a faraway place last night on TV

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this tender wound is my missing your body, standing on a lake
shore with the sun at my back, my shadow-outline fractured
into filaments and halo shards broken into summer fattened
fish i dissolve into thick overlapping scales, protective but
useless against a hurt that is nothing at all, the nothing of
emptiness gaping between rock edges torn apart from millennia
of seismic shuddering, of sky wedges visible between red cedar
roots upended and hurled into driftwood with tide stripped-back
bark, the nothing of the unlit moon when it rises far from full
and we simply trust that what is not visible exists, like you, not
here with your hips settling against my lower back you not here
with your thumb in my mouth you not here with your hand
resting between my upper thighs and you are not a river during
break-up full against banks straining through muscled ice blocks
nor are you the wrist-thick sturdy roots of water lilies wedged
firmly into muskeg bogs warm below the line of decomposition,
you are certainly not and this aches.

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British Columbia

British Columbia

A New Historical Atlas
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Winner of the Lieutenant-Governor's Medal for Historical Writing, the BC Book Prizes' Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize, the Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award, and the Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia.

Over 900 maps tell the story of the planners, schemers, gold seekers and fur traders who built Canada's westernmost province.

When gold was discovered in quantity in 1858, leading to the gold rush that created British Columbia, the interior of the pro …

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Middle of Nowhere

Middle of Nowhere

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Winner of the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize, shortlisted for the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award and the Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, and selected as an OLA Best Bet for 2012

At first Curtis isn’t that worried when his mother doesn’t come home from her all-night job at the local gas bar. She’ll be back, he’s ten out of ten positive. After all, she promised she would never leave him again.

Besides, Curtis is used to looking after himself and his five-year-ol …

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Maggie's Chopsticks

Maggie's Chopsticks

by Alan Woo
illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant
also available: eBook

In this lovely picture book, a young girl named Maggie gets her own pair of chopsticks. Now everyone insists on telling her how to use them. Her grandmother says, “Do it like me!” while she rapidly works her old wooden sticks with a “click-clack-clicketing.” Her sister instructs, “Be graceful like this!” as she crosses her pair “back and forth, like legs, dancing.” But it's no use. No matter how hard Maggie practices to be like the others, they keep telling her she's doing it wro …

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Making Headlines [Ebook]

100 Years of The Vancouver Sun
tagged : journalism

The story of a young city growing up, and the gutsy reporters and fearless photographers who told its stories.

It has been said, and it is true, that a daily newspaper is the first draft of history. But it is so much more than that, at least in the case of the Vancouver Sun, which for the past century has been telling the story of its young namesake city and the people who live there.

Publishing through race riots and hockey riots, the tragedy of missing women and the glory of the Olympic Games, V …

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