The West Coast Book Society has announced the winners for the 2023 B.C. and Yukon Book Prizes. Prizes are awarded annually to recognize the achievements of BC and Yukon authors, illustrators and publishers. Award winners are selected through a juried system, with five finalists in each prize category.

Congratulations to this year’s winners from British Columbia:


Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize | Billy-Ray Belcourt, A Minor Chorus (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin Random House Canada)



Hubert Evans Nonfiction Prize | Karen Bakker, The Sounds of Life: How Digital Technology Is Bringing Us Closer to the Worlds of Animals and Plants (Princeton University Press)



Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize | Cole Pauls, Kwändǖr (Conundrum Press)



Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize | Otoniya J. Okot Bitek, A is for Acholi (Wolsak & Wynn)



Jim Deva Prize for Writing That Provokes | Michael J. Hathaway, What a Mushroom Lives For: Matsutake and the Worlds They Make (Princeton University Press)



Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize | Jessika Von Innerebner, That’s My Sweater! (Scholastic Canada Ltd)



Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize | Rachel Hartman, In the Serpent’s Wake (Penguin Teen Canada/Penguin Random House Canada)



Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award | Chief Robert Joseph, Namwayut: We Are All One: A Pathway to Reconciliation (Page Two Books)