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Congratulations to our BC Book Prize Nominees

Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 4:23pm

The nominees for the 2014 BC Book Prizes were announced today, and Harbour Publishing would like to congratulate Russell Thornton, author of Birds, Metals, Stones and Rain, and Renée Sarojini Saklikar, author of children of air india. Both these books were shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. We would also like to congratulate Robert Budd and Roy Henry Vickers, whose book, Raven Brings the Light  was shortlisted for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice award.

Birds, Metals, Stones and Rain is a book of verse that explores powerful, primary human relationships through images of two worlds: the natural and the urban industrial.

Russell Thornton’s previous books include The Fifth Window, A Tunisian Notebook, House Built of Rain (which was also shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, as well as the ReLit Award for poetry) and The Human Shore. He won the League of Canadian Poets National Contest in 2000 and The Fiddlehead's Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize in 2009. Birds, Metals, Stones and Rain is his most recent collection. It was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Award in 2013.

children of air india is a powerful and deeply personal collection that offers a fresh perspective on a heartbreaking chapter in Canada’s history—the bombing of Air India Flight 182 that killed all 329 passengers and crew.

Renée Sarojini Saklikar’s work includes poetry and non-fiction. She also writes thecanadaproject, a life-long poem chronicle about her life from India to Canada, from Coast to Coast.

The Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize is given to a BC or Yukon poet for a new book of poems. The other nominees are The Place of Scraps by Jordan Abel (Talonbooks); The Lost Letters by Catherine Greenwood (Brick Books); and Wood by Jennica Harper (Anvil Press).

Raven Brings the Light is the first in a series of Northwest Coast legends written by iconic artist Roy Henry Vickers and oral historian Robert Budd. The books in the series are beautifully illustrated by Roy Henry Vickers. The series will give new life to stories that have been passed on from one generation to the next for thousands of years.

Roy Henry Vickers is s a renowned carver, painter and printmaker whose Eagle Aerie Gallery in Tofino, BC, has become a provincial landmark. In 1998, Roy was appointed to the Order of British Columbia and in 2006, the Order of Canada, and has received the Queen's Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals. He currently lives in Hazelton, BC.

Robert Budd has built a career on sharing stories. Holding an MA in history, he has digitized many high profile oral history collections including that of the Nisga'a First Nation. He is the author of the book Voices of British Columbia (Douglas & McIntyre), which was shortlisted for the 2011 Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award. He currently lives in Victoria, BC.

The Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award is given to book that is the most successful in terms of public appeal, initiative, design, production and content. The prize is shared by the publishers and the authors. The other finalists for the award are This Day in Vancouver by Jesse Donaldson (Anvil Press), The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie by Grant Lawrence (Douglas & McIntyre), The Land of Heart’s Delight: Early Maps and Charts of Vancouver Island by Michael Layland (Touchwood Editions) and The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous by Paula Wild (Doulgas & McIntyre).

For more information on the BC Book Prizes, go to