Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Victoria Butler Prize News Release

For those who don't know, Patricia Young's Airstream made the short-list. It's a stacked one: Gaston, Page, Zuehlke, and Patricia's husband Terence. Anyone in the area might want to consider attending: from what I understand it's a pretty swell event.

Tickets on Sale for Victoria Butler Book Prize Awards

Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2007 For Immediate Release

VICTORIA, BC — Tickets are now on sale for the 4th Annual City of Victoria Butler Book Prize gala awards presentation to be held at the Union Club of British Columbia on Wednesday, October 17, 2007. The City’s $5,000 prize is awarded annually to a Greater Victoria author for the best book published in the preceding year in the categories of poetry, non-fiction, children’s books, fiction and biography.

The 2007 finalists include:

Bill Gaston Gargoyles (fiction), published by House of Anansi

PK Page Hand Luggage (poetry), published by Porcupine’s Quill

Patricia Young Airstream (fiction), published by Biblioasis

Terence Young Moving Day (poetry), published by Signature Editions

Mark Zuehlke For Honour’s Sake (non-fiction), published by Knopf Canada

The winner will be selected by three jurors, comprised of professionals from the writing, library, and book- selling community.

Open to the public, the event will feature readings by the five finalists and will provide guests with the opportunity to meet the writers and have their books signed. This year’s Master of Ceremonies is John Gould, an award-winning author, a teacher of creative fiction at the University of Victoria, and a past Giller Prize nominee.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at Bolen Books at Hillside Mall, Ivy’s Book Shop on Oak Bay Avenue and Munro’s Books on Government Street, or by calling 592-1464. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door. Refreshments will be served and there will be a no-host bar.

What: 4th Annual City of Victoria Butler Book Prize Awards

When: Wednesday, October 17, 2007, Event starts at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Where: Union Club of British Columbia, 805 Gordon Street

Founded in 2004, the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize is a partnership between the City of Victoria and Brian Butler of Butler Brothers Supplies and is sponsored by the Greater Victoria Public Library, the Magnolia Hotel and Spa and the Union Club of British Columbia. The Victoria Book Prize Society establishes the policy and criteria for the prize, appoints the jury and administers the competition.

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For More Information:

Gail Price Douglas, Community Development Planner Bess Jillings, President

Parks, Recreation and Community Development Department Victoria Book Prize Society

(250) 361-0358 (250) 592-1464

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