Three B.C. authors nominated for 2011 BC Book Prizes will be on tour in the Okanagan and hosted by three Okanagan Regional Library branches during April.
George Bowering, Julie Flett and Derek Lundy will be at free public events reading from their nominated works and signing books.
The three writers will be at the Salmon Arm Branch in Picadilly Mall on Saturday, April 16, 2 p.m.; in Vernon, the ORL branch will co-host the authors at Gallery Vertigo, 7 p.m., on Monday, April 18; in on Wednesday, April 20, 7 p.m.
Residents in the Central Okanagan can meet the authors at Mosaic Books in Kelowna on Bernard Avenue on Sunday, April 17, 2 p.m.
George Bowering, Canada’s first Poet Laureate, is nominated in the poetry category for his work titled My Darling Nellie Grey, which includes poems for each month of the year he experienced in 2006.
Julie Flett is nominated for the Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize for her illustrations in the picture book Owls See Clearly at Night: A Michif Alphabet.
Derek Lundy is nominated for his book Borderlands: Riding the Edge of America in the non-fiction category, in which he recounts his experiences riding his motorcycle along the U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada.
The ORL has copies of all three books, as well as other B.C. Book Prizes nominees, available in its collection. The B.C. Book Prizes, established in 1985, celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers. The seven awards are presented annually at the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prize Gala, set for April 21 in West Vancouver.