B.C. authors make stop at Vernon library

Writers J.J. Lee and Gary Kent, both shortlisted for B.C. Book Prizes will be at grand opening of the Vernon branch May 5

Author J.J. Lee is one of two writers appearing at Vernon’s Okanagan Regional Library branch

Author J.J. Lee is one of two writers appearing at Vernon’s Okanagan Regional Library branch

Vernon’s Okanagan Regional Library branch will host a tour of authors shortlisted for B.C. Book Prizes.

The two authors touring in the Okanagan are J.J. Lee and Gary Kent.

They will be at the new branch at 2800-30th Ave. on its opening day, Saturday at 4 p.m.

Lee wrote The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit, which is  shortlisted for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, and Kent’s Fishing with Gubby is shortlisted for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award.

“If you’re not familiar with the work of these talented B.C. writers, the ORL has copies of the shortlisted books,” said Marla O’Brien, ORL’s public relations officer.

The B.C. Book Prizes, established in 1985, celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers.

The seven prizes are presented annually at the Lieutenant Governor’s B.C. Book Prizes Gala, which will be held May 12 and hosted by humourist Charles Demers.

For more information, visit the B.C. Book Prizes website at www.bcbookprizes.ca.