Local authors compete for cash prize

Victoria Butler Book Prize nominees announced. Winner chosen Oct. 10.

Madeline Sonik's collection of essays Afflictions and Departures has been nominated for the Victoria Butler Book Prize.

Ten authors from the Capital Region have been short listed for the 2012 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize for adult literature and the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize. The winner of each prize will be awarded $5,000.

The finalists for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize in adult literature are: Esi Edugyan: Half-Blood Blues, fiction (Thomas Allen Publishers); William Deverell: I’ll See You in My Dreams, fiction, (McClelland & Stewart); Madeline Sonik: Afflictions and Departures, non-fiction (Anvil Press); Rachel Fisher, Heather Stretch, Robin Tunnicliffe: All the Dirt: Reflections on Organic Gardening, non-fiction (TouchWood Editions); Mark Zuehlke: Breakout from Juno: First Canadian Army and the Normandy Campaign July 4-August 21, 1944: Fiction (Douglas & McIntyre)

The finalists for the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize are: Caitlyn Vernon: Nowhere Else on Earth: Standing Tall for the Great Bear Rainforest, non-fiction, (Orca Book Publishers); Kit Pearson: The Whole Truth, fiction (HarperCollins); Pamela Porter: I’ll Be Watching, fiction (Groundwood Books)

The winners will be announced at the Union Club of Victoria ( 805 Gordon), Oct. 10 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 and are available now at Bolen Books, Munro’s Books, Ivy’s Bookshop and the Victoria Book Prize Society at 250-589-8430. M

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