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Yes – I know there was an election last night but …

October 20, 2015 | by

On Wednesday, October 14,  while my colleague Ryan was cheering for the Jays and dodging beer cans

in Toronto I was at the Victoria Book Prize Gala held at the historic Union Club in Victoria.

There were no boos or cries of foul play only applause for the 8 finalists who were shortlisted

for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize.    Chris Tougas, winner

of the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize – (for the second time!) gave a rousing reading of Dojo Daycare

published by Owlkids – and the audience responded with the vocal enthusiasm of kindergarteners.


Here is a photo of Kate Manga – fan; Samantha Holmes of Bolen Books and Chris Tougas

practicing some Dojo moves.


Samantha, Chris - Dojo moves

Nancy Turner, author of Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge published by McGill Queens,

was unable to attend as she was picking up an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Hawaii

but one of her students  spoke about Nancy’s work which integrates the fields of botany and ecology with

anthropology, geography and linguistics.

Ancient Pathways

And here is a photo of Nancy who was definitely with us in spirit!


Nancy Turner

Congratulations to the  winners and finalists.  I can honestly say a good time was had by all!




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