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2016 Victoria Book Prize Finalists

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VICTORIA, BC – Celebrating 13 years, the Victoria Book Prize Society is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2016 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize. ** Missing from this list is Save Me, Kurt Cobain, by Jenny Manzer.
Once They Were Hats

Once They Were Hats

In Search of the Mighty Beaver
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook Audiobook (CD)
tagged : wildlife

Finalist for the 2015 Lane Anderson Award and the 2016 Butler Book Prize

Discover deeper truths and quirky facts that cast new light on this keystone species

Beavers, those icons of industriousness, have been gnawing down trees, building dams, shaping the land, and creating critical habitat in North America for at least a million years. Once one of the continent’s most ubiquitous mammals, they ranged from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and from the Rio Grande to the edge of the northern tundra. Wh …

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Becoming Lin

Becoming Lin

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : literary

It's 1965. Twenty-two-year-old Linda Wise despairs of escaping her overprotective parents and her hometown, where far too many know she was sexually assaulted as a teenager. Deliverance arrives in the form of marriage to the charismatic, twenty-six-year-old Ronald Brunson, a newly ordained Methodist minister who ignites her passion for social justice. Ron tells her war and racial discrimination are symptoms of the "moral rot" destroying the country, conjuring up something dark and rancid in her …

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The Hunter and the Wild Girl

The Hunter and the Wild Girl

edition:eBook

Winner, City of Victoria Butler Book Prize
Shortlisted, Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize

A feral girl roams the dense forests of nineteenth-century France, stealing food from remote farmyards and avoiding human contact. Seen on one of her thieving missions in the village of Freyzus, she is chased by suspicious townspeople to the edge of a deep gorge, where she jumps and disappears, vanishing into village legend.

On the other side of the gorge, in an abandoned estate, Peyre Rouff lives out his self-impos …

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He Leaves His Face in the Funeral Car

He Leaves His Face in the Funeral Car

edition:Paperback
tagged : women authors

HE LEAVES HIS FACE IN THE FUNERAL CAR is elegiac, lyrical, ironic; a series of reflections, recollections; a collection about relationships-to family, clocks, water, trees, ungulates, endings-recognizing that not all relationships are straightforward: a mother's secret false teeth, a teakettle riddled with bullet holes, pears and small knives. To leave a face in the funeral car is to fall out of time, to fall into history, to ponder the meanings of dust, the quiet records of suicide. Thisis poet …

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Double Dutch

Double Dutch

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

Danuta Gleed Literary Award finalist

City of Victoria Butler Book Prize finalist

Intensely imaginative and darkly emotional, the weird and wonderful stories in Double Dutch deftly alternate between fantasy and reality, transporting readers into strange worlds that are at once both familiar and uncanny — where animals are more human, and people more mysterious, than they first appear.

Shape-shifters, doppelgangers, and spirits inhabit the extraordinary worlds depicted in Trunkey’s stories: a sin …

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The Summer We Saved the Bees

The Summer We Saved the Bees

edition:eBook
also available: Paperback

Wolf’s mother is obsessed with saving the world’s honeybees, so it’s not too surprising when she announces that she’s taking her Save the Bees show on the road—with the whole family. Wolf thinks it’s a terrible plan, and not just because he’ll have to wear a bee costume—in public. He likes his alternative school and hates the idea of missing weeks of classes. His teenage stepsister doesn’t want to leave her boyfriend, and one of his little half sisters has stopped talking altog …

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