Four books that each reflect Vancouver's unique character and diverse culture have been selected as finalists for the 2018 City of Vancouver Book Award. Everyone is welcome to join the awards ceremony. The winner will be announced at the event, following an intimate conversation with authors and collaborators.
Spanning genres including poetry, long-form journalism, memoir, and anthology, the shortlisted books focus on connection and healing. The 2018 finalists are:
Chelene Knight for Dear Current Occupant (Book*hug), a genre-busting memoire of a childhood in precarious housing in 20 different homes in East Vancouver
Travis Lupick for Fighting for Space: How a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City's Struggle with Addiction (Arsenal Pulp Press), a deep dive into the citizen-led advocacy that placed Vancouver at the vanguard of harm reduction
Erín Moure for Sitting Shiva on Minto Avenue, by Toots (New Star Books), a meditation on the impermanence of life and memory-especially in our fast-changing city
Rachel Rose, Ed for Sustenance: Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food (Anvil Press), a pairing of bold new voices with award-winning writers who serve us poems, memories, recipes, sumptuous photos, and interviews that satiate and satisfy
This event is free. Everyone is welcome.