Red Dust & Cicada Songs Shortlisted for the Victoria Butler Book Prize
We are thrilled to share that Red Dust & Cicada Songs by Mary Bomford has been shortlisted for the Victoria Butler Book Prize.
In her memoir, writer and educator Mary Bomford describes the formative years of her life working as a teacher in Zambia, and the long-lasting impact those years imprinted upon her.
The $5,000 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize, now in its 20th year, is awarded to a Greater Victoria author for the best book published in the categories of fiction, non-fiction or poetry. The five finalists are:
• Maleea Acker for Hesitating Once to Feel Glory (Nightwood Editions)
• Robert Amos for E.J. Hughes: Canadian War Artist (Touchwood Editions)
• Mary Bomford for Red Dust and Cicada Songs (Caitlin Press) • Pauline Holdstock for Confessions with Keith (Biblioasis)
• Katłįà (Catherine) Lafferty for This House Is Not a Home (Roseway Publishing)
The finalists were selected by an independent jury, comprised of representatives from the local literary arts community, from among books published between April 2022 and March 2023. The winners will be announced at the gala event, hosted by CBC Radio’s Kathryn Marlow, at the Union Club of British Columbia on Wednesday October 11 at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at victoriabookprizes.ca.