Book prize finalists take their stories on a road trip

B.C. Book Prize finalists are about to hit the road this year for free events throughout the province.

B.C. Book Prize finalists are about to hit the road this year for free events throughout the province.

Six finalist authors will tour northern B.C. and the Okanagan, giving readings at local bookstores and library branches along the way.

The tour runs from April 7 to 20.

The author contingent touring the Okanagan will be:

• George Bowering, My Darling Nellie Grey, shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize

• Julie Flett, Owls See Clearly at Night: A Michif Alphabet (Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak Lii Swer: L’alfabet di Michif), shortlisted for the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize

• Derek Lundy, Borderlands: Riding the Edge of America, shortlisted for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize

The Okanagan tour will make a stop in Kelowna on Sunday, April 17, 2 p.m., at Mosaic Books, 411 Bernard Ave. ; in Vernon at Gallery Vertigo, 7:30 p.m., co-hosted with the Vernon Public Library, 3001-31st St.; and in Penticton on Tuesday, April 19, 7 p.m. at Hooked On Books, 225 Main St.

Authors will also visit students at elementary and high schools in all three communities. Complete details and the On Tour Blog are at www.bcbookprizes.ca.

The winners in seven B.C. Book Prizes categories will be announced at the Lieutenant Governor’s B.C. Book Prizes Gala on Thursday, April 21, at the Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver, hosted by Bob Robertson and Linda Cullen. B.C.’s Lieutenant Governor Steven  Point will be in attendance. Tickets for the event are available via www.bcbookprizes.ca.