George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature

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The George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature is a literary award given to a British Columbian author "who has achieved an outstanding degree of social awareness in a new book published in the preceding calendar year."[1] The prize was established in 2004 by Alan Twigg and John Lent. It includes a cash award of $2,500.

Nominees and winners[edit]

Year Winner Finalists
Judge: Craig McLuckie
Blue ribbon Maggie De Vries, Missing Sarah: A Vancouver Woman Remembers Her Vanished Sister
Judge: Ross Tyner
Blue ribbon Robert Hunter, The Greenpeace to Amchitka: An Environmental Odyssey
Judge: Myrna Kotash
Blue ribbon Leslie A. Robertson and Dara Culhane, In Plain Sight: Reflections on Life in Downtown Eastside Vancouver
  • Jean Barman, Stanley Park's Secret: The Forgotten Families of Whoi Whoi, Kanaka Ranch, and Brockton Point
  • Michael Kluckner, Vanishing British Columbia
Judge: Sharon Josephson
Blue ribbon Harold Rhenisch, The Wolves at Evelyn: Journeys Through a Dark Century
Judge: Ivan Townshend
Blue ribbon Leilah Nadir, The Orange Trees of Baghdad: In Search of My Lost Family
Judge: Ivan Townshend
Blue ribbon Steven Galloway, The Cellist of Sarajevo
Judge: Greg Simison
Blue ribbon Larry Campbell, Neil Boyd and Lori Culbert, A Thousand Dreams: Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and the Fight for Its Future
Judge: Andrew Steeves
Blue ribbon Richard Wagamese, One Story, One Song
  • Gabor Gasztonyi, A Room in the City: Photographs of Gabor Gasztonyi
  • Sylvia Olsen, Working with Wool: A Coast Salish Legacy and the Cowichan Sweater
  • Benjamin Perrin, Invisible Chains: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking
  • John Vaillant, The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival
2012 No award presented
Judge: Angie Abdou
Blue ribbon Joel Bakan, Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children
  • Michael Christie, The Beggar’s Garden
  • Howard White, A Hard Man to Beat: The Story of Bill White, Labour Leader, Historian, Shipyard Worker, Raconteur
Judge: Sean Johnston
Blue ribbon Bev Sellars, They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School
Jury: George Brandak, Anne Chudyk, Beverly Cramp
Blue ribbon Shelley Wright, Our Ice is Vanishing / Sikuvat Nunguliqtuq: A History of Inuit, Newcomers, and Climate Change
  • Michael Buckley, Meltdown in Tibet: China’s Reckless Destruction of Ecosystems from the Highlands of Tibet to the Deltas of Asia
  • Ann Rogers and John Hill, Unmanned: Drone Warfare and Global Security
Jury: Trevor Carolan, Jane Curry, George Johnson
Blue ribbon Andrew MacLeod, A Better Place on Earth: The Search for Fairness in Super Unequal British Columbia''
Jury: Trevor Carolan, Jane Curry, Beverley Cramp
Blue ribbon Wade Davis, Wade Davis: Photographs''