Vancouver’s literary community will rally around computer screens this weekend.
This is because the City of Vancouver Book Awards will be awarded. This year they are duplicating as there was no award in 2020. Although there is a limited in-person event, everything will be streamed live via Zoom so people can watch it for free at home. .
“The city will announce two award winners and a $ 3,000 prize. There will also be a special announcement featuring the City of Vancouver’s New Poet Laureate, ”the Vancouver Public Library website says.
The six books competing for the award this year are:
- Catherine B. Clément for Chinatown through a wide lens
- Francine Cunningham for on me
- Joseph Dandurand for The east side of everything
- Michelle Good for Five little Indians
- Alex Leslie for Vancouver for beginners
- Danny Ramadan & Anna Bron for Salma the Syrian leader
The books are quite varied, from Clement’s book of historical photographs showcasing Yucho Chow’s work to Good’s novel following the lives of friends who survived the residential school system.
“We have a deep and connected literary community in Vancouver and it is a pleasure to celebrate and recognize the work that brings forth such rich and diverse voices,” said a spokesperson for the city. “With the Vancouver Book Award now in its 33rd year, we continue to champion creativity, diversity and connection through stories that encourage reflection in ourselves, our communities and our common city. “
The ceremony will also be the occasion to announce the new poet laureate of the city.
It starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 20.