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Vancouver Book Award 2014 Shortlist

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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 $2,000 prize is funded by the City's Publishing Reserve, which was established in 1977 as a permanent legacy for Vancouver writers and publishers. An independent jury short-lists nominated titles and selects a winner.
What Makes Olga Run?

What Makes Olga Run?

The Mystery of the 90-Something Track Star, and What She Can Teach Us About Living Longer, Happier Lives
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover

Part science book, part journey into the untapped potential of the human spirit, this is the remarkable story of a 94-year-old track and field champion (not retired).
     Olga Kotelko is most certainly a genetic outlier, one of those rare, blessed people whose bodies resist the degradations of age. More remarkably, she's not alone; there are men and women all over the world competing at ages at which most of us will be lucky even to be alive. But her secret, and theirs, isn't just the luck of …

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How Does A Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?

How Does A Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?

edition:Paperback

Building on the success of the Journey Prize-shortlisted title story, the stories of How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? present an updated and whimsical new take on what it means to be Canadian. Lau alludes to the personal and political histories of a number of young Asian Canadian characters to explain their unique perspectives of the world, artfully fusing pure delusion and abstract perception with heartbreaking reality.

Correspondingly, the book's title refers to an interview with …

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Anatomy of a Girl Gang

Anatomy of a Girl Gang

edition:Paperback
tagged : literary

Winner, Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize (BC Book Prizes)
Finalist, Vancouver Book Award

A sharply observed novel told in six voices, Anatomy of a Girl Gang is the powerful exploration of a young girl gang in Vancouver called the Black Roses: Mac, the self-appointed leader and mastermind; Mercy, the Punjabi princess with a skill for theft; Kayos, their former classmate who gave birth to a daughter at age thirteen; Sly Girl, who fled her First Nations reserve for a better life, only to find deprav …

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Artificial Cherry

Artificial Cherry

edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian, lgbt

Finalist, Vancouver Book Award

Billeh Nickerson is one of Canada's showiest poets; colourful, witty, and wise, with undertones of sexy. By turns outlandish and poignant, Artificial Cherry heralds the return of Billeh's cheeky/sweet sensibilities. From Elvis Presley and glass eyes to phantom lovers and hockey haiku, you're never quite sure where Billeh will take you, but the outcomes are worth the ride.

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Arthur Erickson

Arthur Erickson

An Architect's Life
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook

Winner of the City of Vancouver Book Award, the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Book Prize, and the 2014 Basil Stubbs-Stuart Prize, as well as long-listed for the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize, Arthur Erickson is an intimate portrait of the brilliant and controversial architect who put Canada on the world stage.

Arthur Erickson, Canada's pre-eminent philosopher-architect, was renowned for his innovative approach to landscape, his genius for spatial composition and his ep …

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