The City of Vancouver announced the four books shortlisted for the City of Vancouver Book Award on November 8, 2018. Three of the books are BC-published and all four finalists will be celebrated at a special event on December 8, 2018. Let’s look a little deeper into each nominated title.
Sustenance: Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food (Anvil Press), is an anthology conceived of and edited by Rachel Rose during her tenure as City of Vancouver Poet Laureate.
Pairing bold new voices with award-winning writers, Sustenance, serve us poems, memories, recipes, sumptuous photos and interviews that satiate and satisfy. Each contributor looks at our living history through the lens of food in illuminating ways.
Aside from being an interesting read, Sustenance is also a community response to the needs of new arrivals or low-income families in our city. The contributors have donated their honoraria to the BC Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Program and a portion of sales from every book goes towards providing a refugee or low-income family with fresh, locally grown produce, and at the same time will support B.C. farmers, fishers, and gardeners.