All True took home the BC Book Prizes Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize last night at the big Government House party! I'm still feeling exlamatory! Given the competition, I was not prepared for this eventuality and managed to bumble my way through some thank-yous onstage, subsequently descending the wrong stairs. So I'd like to properly thank the BC Book Prizes committee and volunteers, the jury and presenters, the Honourable Judith Guichon for hosting us, all those who came out to see us on the prize tour, my publishers and editors, my family, and especially my mum for introducing me to Ethel Wilson's stories years ago.
Big congratulations to all the other finalists and winners. So glad to have met you, and to have seen some old friends too.
Here we are on the red carpet! Back row is Lieutenant-Governor's Medal winner Alan Twigg, Illustrated Children's Book winner Annette LeBox, and me. Front row: Nonfiction winner Briony Penn, Her Honour Judith Guichon, Children's Book winner (and partner in crime) Susan Juby, Poetry winner Raoul Fernandes. Check out all their books. Amazing stuff.