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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Shortlist Announced for BC Award for Canadian Non-Fiction

The shortlist for the second annual BC Award for Canadian Non-Fiction was announced by Premier Gordon Campbell and Keith Mitchell, Chair of the BC Achievement Foundation.

The finalists for the $25,000 prize are Rebecca Godfrey for Under the Bridge, J.B. MacKinnon for Dead Man in Paradise, John Terpstra for The Boys, or Waiting for the Electrician’s Daughter, and John Vaillant for The Golden Spruce.

More on the books is available at http://www.bcachievement.com/nonfiction/index.html

The winner will be announced in Vancouver on May 26th.

The BC Award for Canadian Non-Fiction is a national initiative of the BC Achievement Foundation, an independent foundation established in 2003 by the
Province of BC to celebrate excellence in the arts, humanities and community service.


The finalists:
Rebecca Godfrey for Under the Bridge (HarperCollins)
Rebecca Godfrey reconstructs the circumstances of the murder of 14-year-old Reena Virk, the unravelling of the secret of it, and the trial and its aftermath.

J.B. MacKinnon for Dead Man in Paradise (Douglas & McIntyre)
In Dead Man in Paradise, J.B. MacKinnon sets out to uncover the truth about the killing of an uncle he never knew, a Canadian Catholic priest, 40 years earlier in the Dominican Republic.

John Terpstra for The Boys, or Waiting for the Electricianís Daughter (Gaspereau Press)
A personal account of the short lives of his three young brothers-in-law, who each struggled with the gradual but relentless physical deterioration brought on by muscular dystrophy.

John Vaillant for The Golden Spruce (Knopf Canada)
The Golden Spruce makes a profound statement about manís conflicted relationship with the wilderness.

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