Friday, February 08, 2008

Goodison wins BC Book Prize

Lorna Goodison, the writer and poet who moves between Jamaica, Toronto, and the US, wins the British Columbia Book Prize for her memoir From Harvey River. Congratulations. Not so much a history title, but she wins over two rather more historical works, Beaverbrook: A Shattered Legacy, by Jacques Poitras, and Some Family, Don Akenson's quirky study of genealogy, Some Family.

We read that the prize, funded by the government of B.C. (and for non-fiction published in Canada, not for specifically BC books, obviously) is run by an arm's length foundation. But when the premier shows up to present the award every year, there's a problem of optics, I'd say.
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