Monday, July 16, 2007

BC Book Prizes

BC Book Prizes Adopt-a-Library Program

Each year, the BC Book Prizes sends several finalist authors on tour around the province. As part of BC Book Prizes On Tour, these authors tour communities visiting one elementary school and one high school in each community, as well reading at a public event in a local bookstore or library (with book sales).

The 2007 BC Book Prizes On Tour is our biggest tour to date, visiting a record 15 communities and bringing “real live authors” to literally thousands of children and adults throughout BC. This year we established the Adopt-a-Library program to leave a lasting, tangible legacy of these author visits: a library of BC Book Prize finalist books donated to libraries in BC schools. These books will be purchased by the Book Prizes directly from the publishers with funding from local community-minded businesses and individuals, whose support will be acknowledged in commemorative book plates.

In its fledgeling year, the Adopt-a-Library program has confirmed the following sponsors of this initiative, so far:

Andy Wilhelmsen, Prince George Royal LePage
D.P. Todd Secondary School (Prince George) (photo)

Bulkley Valley Credit Union
Smithers Secondary School (Smithers) (photo)

The Fairmont Waterfront, Vancouver
Malaspina Elementary School (Prince George)

Gulbranson Logging Ltd.
Evelyn Dickson Elementary School (Vanderhoof) (photo)

Rogers’ Chocolates
Britannia Elementary and Secondary Schools (Vancouver)

Trafford Publishing
Vancouver Technical Secondary School (Vancouver)

16-37 Community Futures Development Corp.
Caledonia Senior Secondary School (Terrace) (photo)

Thanks to all for helping to bring the best of BC writing and publishing to the next generation of readers and authors.