BC Yukon Book Prizes Finalists’ Reading

Free admission

Please join Munro’s Books in celebrating three local authors who are finalists for 2024 BC Yukon Book Prizes:

Darrel J. McLeod, finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for A Season in Chezgh’un
David Norwell, finalist for the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize for A Complex Coast: A Kayak Journey From Vancouver Island to Alaska
Chelsea Wakelyn, finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for What Remains of Elsie Jane

A Season in Chezgh’un is a subversive novel by acclaimed Cree author Darrel J. McLeod, infused with the contradictory triumph and pain of finding conventional success in a world that feels alien.

DARREL J. MCLEOD is Cree from Treaty-8 territory in Northern Alberta. Before deciding to pursue writing, he worked as an educator, chief negotiator of land claims for the federal government and executive director of education and international affairs with the Assembly of First Nations. He holds degrees in French literature and education from the University of British Columbia. He is the author of two memoirs: the award-winning Mamaskatch (2018; winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction; shortlisted for many other major prizes; translated into French and German editions), followed by Peyakow (2021) which was also shortlisted for several literary prizes. He currently lives in Sooke, BC, and divides his time between writing and singing in a jazz band.
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A Complex Coast is a soul-searching personal account of a young man’s 1,700-kilometre kayak journey from Victoria, BC, to Gustavas, Alaska, illustrated with whimsical watercolour maps and illustrations of local flora, fauna, and landscapes.

DAVID NORWELL is an author, illustrator, and world traveller. He holds a BSc in Geography from the University of Victoria, and has worked for six seasons conducting biological and geological surveys In BC, Alberta, and the Yukon. His passion is communicating science in a way that accesses the human heart. David has visited thirty-three countries, sailed across the Atlantic and Indian Ocean, trekked over the Himalayas with a kitten, and hitchhiked over two hundred rides. He is dedicated to understanding the human experience and sharing his findings. When not working on books, he is volunteering at schools, studying Buddhism, and practising meditation.
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What Remains of Elsie Jane is a heartbreaking and darkly funny portrait of a woman unravelling in the wake of tragedy.

CHELSEA WAKELYN is a writer, musician, and mother to two lovely, eccentric humans. She lives on Vancouver Island.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 5th at 7:00 p.m. (doors at 6:30).
WHERE: In-store at Munro’s Books, 1108 Government Street in Victoria.
WHAT: Readings from three BC Yukon Book Prizes finalists: Darrel J. McLeod, David Norwell, and Chelsea Wakelyn.
HOW: This event is free to attend.

Destination Greater Victoria is honoured to be based on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples of the Songhees Nation and the Esquimalt Nation, whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.