For a stirring final event of the mini-Incite season, the Vancouver Writers Fest partners with the BC and Yukon Book Prizes to celebrate some of British Columbia’s incredible Indigenous talent, all nominees for the 2020 BC and Yukon Book Prizes. The BC and Yukon Book Prizes, established in 1985, celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers. These are stories of place, of displacement, of resilience and healing. Join the special event on YouTube Live Wednesday, June 17 at 7pm PDT.

In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience (University of Regina Press)

Helen Knott, a 2019 RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Author, shares her deeply intimate and provocative memoir of intergenerational trauma and becoming, In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience (University of Regina Press), which is nominated for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize.


SH:LAM (The Doctor) (Mawenzi House Publishers)

Joseph A Dandurand shares his insightful and sweeping poetry collection SH:LAM (The Doctor) (Mawenzi House Publishers), which follows the story of a Kwantlen man given the gift of healing. His collection has been shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Award for Poetry.


On/Me (Caitlin Press)

Francine Cunningham shares her debut poetry collection On/Me (Caitlin Press), a suite of emotive and powerful poems on her lived experience as an Indigenous woman, mental illness and urban life. Her collection has been nominated for the Jim Deva Prize for Writing That Provokes.

Tune in with their host Sean Cranbury, the Executive Director of the BC and Yukon Book Prizes, live on YouTube for an unforgettable discussion, before the winners are announced Saturday, September 19, 2020. Learn more about the nominees at

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