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2019 City of Victoria Book Prize Finalists

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The Victoria Book Prize Society is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2019 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and the Victoria Children’s Book Prize. In its 16th year, the $5,000 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize is awarded to a Greater Victoria author for the best book published in the preceding year in the categories of fiction, non-fiction or poetry. In its 12th year, the $5,000 Victoria Children’s Book Prize is awarded to a Greater Victoria author or illustrator for the best children’s book published in the preceding year.
EJ Hughes Paints Vancouver Island

EJ Hughes Paints Vancouver Island

edition:Hardcover

Finalist for a 2019 BC Book Prize

A handsome new retrospective on one of BC’s most beloved artists that unveils, for the first time, photographs, sketches, and ephemera from the artist’s estate.

The reputation of E. J. Hughes in British Columbia is second only to that of Emily Carr. His paintings, collected by every major gallery in our country, fetch more than $1 million at auction. Yet Hughes lived a notoriously private life.

Hughes painted scenes from all over BC, but he especially loved Van …

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God of Shadows

God of Shadows

edition:Hardcover

The celebrated poet hailed by Ursula K. Le Guin as a "storyteller, truth-teller, and visionary" gives us a mesmerizing new collection of poems that are funny, wise, moving, and surprising.

How many gods can dance on the head of Lorna Crozier's pen?

The poet Lorna Crozier has always been brilliant at fusing the ordinary with the other-worldly in strange and surprising ways. Now the Governor General's Literary Award-winning author of Inventing the Hawk returns with God of Shadows, a wryly wise book …

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Washington Black

Washington Black

A Novel
edition:Hardcover
tagged : literary

Winner of the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize

A dazzling, original novel of slavery and freedom, from the author of the international bestseller Half-Blood Blues

When two English brothers arrive at a Barbados sugar plantation, they bring with them a darkness beyond what the slaves have already known. Washington Black – an eleven year-old field slave – is horrified to find himself chosen to live in the quarters of one of these men. But the man is not as Washington expects him to be. His new master …

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Mamaskatch

Mamaskatch

A Cree Coming of Age
edition:Hardcover

Growing up in the tiny village of Smith, Alberta, Darrel J. McLeod was surrounded by his Cree family’s history. In shifting and unpredictable stories, his mother, Bertha, shared narratives of their culture, their family and the cruelty that she and her sisters endured in residential school. McLeod was comforted by her presence and that of his many siblings and cousins, the smells of moose stew and wild peppermint tea, and his deep love of the landscape. Bertha taught him to be fiercely proud o …

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Dear Evelyn

Dear Evelyn

edition:Paperback

WINNER OF THE 2018 ROGERS WRITERS' TRUST FICTION PRIZE

A 2018 KIRKUS BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

A GLOBE AND MAIL BEST BOOK OF 2018

A TORONTO STAR TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEAR

A WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FAVOURITE BOOK OF THE YEAR

A QUILL & QUIRE BEST BOOK OF 2018

Born between the wars on a working-class London street, Harry Miles wins a scholarship and a chance to escape his station, but discovers instead that poetry is what offers him real direction. While searching for more of it he meets Evelyn Hill on the st …

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Sterling, Best Dog Ever

Sterling, Best Dog Ever

illustrated by Aidan Cassie
edition:Hardcover
tagged : dogs

Aidan Cassie's Sterling, Best Dog Ever, is a heartwarming and hilarious debut picture book for dog lovers about a dog in search of a forever family.

Sterling the dog has always wanted a home. But no home has ever wanted him. So when Sterling sees a sign on the side of the Butlery Cutlery Company advertising free "shipping to homes around the world," he is determined to become the most terrificforkever! For what home doesn't need flatware?

Sterling is delivered on time and undamaged to the Gilbert …

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My Life as a Diamond

My Life as a Diamond

edition:eBook
also available: Paperback

Ten-year-old Caspar "Caz" Cadman loves baseball and has a great arm. He loves the sounds, the smells, the stats. When his family moves from Toronto to a suburb of Seattle, the first thing he does is try out for the local summer team, the Redburn Ravens. Even though Caz is thrilled when he makes the team, he worries because he has a big secret.

No one knows that back in Toronto, Caz used to live life as a girl named Cassandra. And it's nobody's business. Caz will tell his new friends when he's …

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The Magic Boat

The Magic Boat

edition:Audiobook
also available: Hardcover eBook

Every summer morning, Ellie and her Nonna go to the beach. They swim and build sandcastles, and while Nonna reads, Ellie watches the other children play. One day Ellie builds up the courage to approach an older girl playing on her own in a beached rowboat. Piper has a gift, an imagination so great that she whisks Ellie off on grand adventures, going high in the air, deep below the ocean and everywhere in between in their little blue boat, their magic boat. When Piper has to leave, Ellie discover …

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