Monday, April 28, 2014

Prize watch: BC award to Kit Pearson

We don't generally cover historical fiction or kids' books much here, but can't help noticing that the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's award for literary excellence, a career achievement recognition, has gone to Kit Pearson, the admirable writer of historically-based fiction for young readers. Quill and Quire reports:
"In both her fantasies and her historical fiction [Pearson] looks to the past: to Canada’s war guests, to the War of 1812, to Alberta in 1949, and to Mayne Island in the 1930s. She sees children as those residents of the past who are largely overlooked in the story of where we have come from.”
The jury citation further praises Pearson’s “meticulous research, her narrative skill, her imaginative choice of subjects from all across this country, and her clearly crafted prose.
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