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Andrew MacLeod Wins George Ryga Award for A Better Place on Earth!

Posted: Monday, May 30, 2016 at 11:11am

Andrew MacLeod, journalist and Legislative Bureau Chief for The Tyee, has won the twelfth annual George Ryga Award for Social Awareness for A Better Place on Earth: The Search for Fairness in Super Unequal British Columbia.

The literary prize is awarded to a B.C. writer who has achieved an outstanding degree of social awareness in a new book published in the preceding calendar year. MacLeod was chosen from a shortlist of six authors, including David Boyd, Larry Gambone, Chris and Josh Hergesheimer, Carrie Saxifrage, and David Suzuki.

Extensively researched and poignantly written, A Better Place on Earth explores the reasons for, and consequences of, inequality in British Columbia – a province where the top ten percent of the population hold more than half the wealth, and more than one in five children live below the poverty line.

Speaking to BC BookWorld about his win, MacLeod explained, “Christy Clark became premier promising to put families first,” he says, “but five years later British Columbia continues to have one of the worst records in Canada for child poverty…B.C.’s economic growth may be leading Canada as the provincial government frequently reminds us, but it’s little comfort to the many people who are struggling to afford a place to live, coping with high debt payments and receiving stagnating wages.”

The award will be presented on Wednesday, June 29 at 7pm at the Vancouver Public Library (350 West Georgia Street). Everyone is welcome to attend.