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City of Vancouver Book Award

City of Vancouver Book Award

The annual City of Vancouver Book Award has been recognizing authors of excellence of any genre since 1989. These authors contribute to the appreciation and understanding of Vancouver's history, unique character, or the achievements of its residents.

The $3,000 prize is funded by the City's Publishing Reserve, which was established in 1977 as a permanent legacy for Vancouver writers and publishers.

This year, the City of Vancouver honours local authors at the Mayor's Arts Awards on October 11. In its 29th year, the award ceremonies celebrate Vancouver's arts, creative and cultural sector, which reflect the city's unique character and identity.

2017 finalists

Mysterious crimes, pandas living in a warehouse, love, loss, self-revelation, and Coast Salish art are highlighted through bold creativity and historical stories told by this year's four finalists for the Book Award.


Book cover image with a blurred image of a woman

Sam Wiebe
Invisible Dead

The first novel in a series of mysteries focused on character Dave Wakeland. This fast-paced thriller set in Vancouver's criminal underworld follows a private investigator on a journey to solve an unsolvable mystery.


Book cover illustration of a girl under an umbrella walking on a rainy street with a panda profile in the shadows

Gabrielle Prendergast
Pandas on the Eastside

A middle-grade novel about a young girl who rallies her friends and neighbors on the poverty-stricken Eastside to save two pandas from being sent back to China.


Book cover illustration of two stylized red fish entwined in a loose circle

Carleigh Baker
Bad Endings

A collection of 15 stories themed on love, loss, connections and self-revelation told through often flawed characters that face adversity and hard choices.


Book cover image of a red, flat circle of wood with Indigenous animal shapes carved into it

Grant Arnold, Ian M. Thom, Susan Point, Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse, Thomas Cannell, Myrtle Mckay, and William (Bill) McLennan
Susan Point: Spindle Whorl 

A visually pleasing discovery of the works of Coast Salish artist Susan Point who uses the spindle whorl to create traditional art.




  • Shirley Lew, Dean, Library, Teaching and Learning Services at Vancouver Community College and Secretary of The Vancouver Writers Festival Board of Directors
  • Baharak Yousefi, Librarian and Head of Library Communications at Simon Fraser University, Vice-Chair and Chair Elect on the Board of the BC Libraries Cooperative
  • Dory Nason (Anishinaabe), Senior Instructor, Institute of Critical Indigenous Studies & Department of English, Status of Woman Chair UBC Faculty Association, Faculty Affiliate for the Centre of Teaching, Learning and Technology


Previous award winners and finalists

Shortlists from past years

Get details City of Vancouver Book Award winners and finalists from previous years.

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