City of Vancouver Book Award

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The City of Vancouver Book Award is a Canadian literary award, that has been presented annually by the city of Vancouver, British Columbia to one or more works of literature judged as the year's best fiction, non-fiction, poetry or drama work about the city.

As with the City of Toronto Book Award, the award may go to one or more books.

The award has a monetary value of $3,000. The prize is funded by interest earned from the city’s publishing reserve, which was established in 1977 as a permanent legacy for writers and publishers. The fund received royalties generated from Vancouver’s First Century: a photo history of Vancouver, edited by city staff. The third edition of the book, renamed Vancouver: A City Album, for many years generated royalty payments for the fund.


Lincoln Clarkes, Ken Dietrich-Campbell, Patricia Canning and Elaine Allan, Heroines
Reid Shier, ed., Stan Douglas: Every Building on 100 Block West Hastings
  • 2004 - Daniel Francis, L.D.: Mayor Louis Taylor and the Rise of Vancouver
  • 2005 - Lance Berelowitz, Dream City: Vancouver and the Global Imagination
  • 2006 - multiple winners
Jean Barman, Stanley Park’s Secret: The Forgotten Families of Whoi Whoi, Kanaka Ranch and Brockton Point
James P. Delgado, Waterfront: The Illustrated Maritime History of Greater Vancouver

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