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BC Book Prizes Soiree Celebrating 2015 Finalists on April 2

The BC Book Prizes Soiree, which celebrates the 2015 BC Book Prizes finalists, will be taking place on Thursday, April 2 at Joe’s Apartment (919 Granville Street, Vancouver).

The BC Book Prizes, established in 1985, celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers. The seven prizes (The Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, the Roderick Haigh-Brown Regional Prize, the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize, the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize, and the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award) are presented annually at the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala in the spring.

Along with announcing the winner of The Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence, the Soiree provides an opportunity to mix an mingle with the nominees and with BC’s vibrant literary community. There will be free appetizers and a silent auction during which attendees will be able to bid on weekend getaways, gift certificates and many other treats. There will be no host bar. Free admissions and all are invited.

Among this year’s finalists for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize is Michael Springate, whose novel The Beautiful West and the Beloved of God was published by Guernica Editions in Fall 2014.

The Beautiful West and the Beloved of God tells the story of Elena and Mahfouz, who meet in Montreal in the spring of 2008. That summer, however, Mahfouz doesn’t return from a trip to Cairo, and his father is picked up and held indefinitely for unknown charges on undisclosed evidence. No longer in contact with each other, Elena and Mahfouz must separately come to terms with their historical situation, preparing for a future shaped by forces they struggle to understand. The Beautiful West & The Beloved of God maps currents of world history as they coursed through Montreal in the first decade of the 21st century. 

Born in Montreal and currently a resident of Vancouver, Michael Springate’s produced writing for theatre includes Historical Bliss, Dog and Crow, The Consolation of Philosophy, The Geese Sonnets, Freeport Texas, and Kut: Shock and Awe. He is currently a dramaturg and Artistic Associate with Full Circle: First Nations Performance, a member of the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre, and a founding member of the film group Commercial Drive Productions.


For more information about the BC Book Prizes Soiree, visit their Facebook event page:

For a full list of BC Book Prizes finalists, visit the BC Book Prizes website:

The Beautiful West and the Beloved of God is available for purchase on the Guernica Editions website:

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