REPORTING · 14th April 2011
The BC Book Prizes Tour was in Kitimat on Wednesday, April 13th. This was their 8th annual tour and their 7th time in Kitimat. Three British Columbian authors, all of whom were nominated for an award, were present to read from their books and talk about what inspired them.
Gary Kent, who wrote the children’s books Fishing with Gubby, read first. Kent was shortlisted for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award. The book focuses on Gubby and his boat while educating the reader on the life of a fisherman.
Stephen Collis wrote a book of poetry: On the Material. He was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. He read several of his poems, creating visuals of sound and current events.
Gina McMurchy-Barber was the last reader and she read from her book, Free as a Bird, which was shortlisted for the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize. Before she was through, she painted a picture of Woodlands School in New Westminster, where her story is set. The chapter she read is about how a girl who was born with a mental disability is abandoned at the school by her parents.
The authors visited Roy Wilcox Elementary School and Mount Elizabeth Secondary School, as well as two schools in Terrace. There was a comment about the largest crowd, which came out to meet the authors, was at the Kitimat Library.