Crozier and Leiren-Young
(Lorna Crozier/Simon Fraser University Flickr, and Mark Leiren-Young/IMDB, Mark Halliday)

Authors Lorna Crozier and Mark Leiren-Young were honoured at the 17th annual Victoria Book Prize Gala in a virtual ceremony Sunday night.

Crozier was awarded the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize for The House the Spirit Builds (Douglas & McIntyre), while Leiren-Young took home the City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize for Orcas Everywhere; The Mystery and History of Killer Whales (Orca Book Publishers).

The winners were announced by Mayor Lisa Helps and co-sponsor Brian Butler during the virtual gala as part of the Victoria Festival of Authors. Each will receive $5,000.

“Victoria’s local authors bring inspiration and joy into our everyday lives, connecting us at this time when it is more challenging to be together,” said Mayor Lisa Helps.

“Congratulations to both Lorna and Mark on their tremendous achievement.”

Criteria and eligibility for the prizes was determined by the Victoria Book Prize Society. Eligible works were judged by two three-member juries.

Other finalists for the Butler Book Prize were Every Little Scrap And Wonder by Carla Funk, Cultivated: The Elements Of Floral Style by Christin Geali, Picking Up the Pieces: Residnetial School Memories and the Making of the Witness Blanket by Carey Newman and Kirstie Hudson, and Lampedusa by Steven Price.

Other finalists for the Children’s Book Prize included Nevers by Sara Cassidy and Neekah’s Knitting Needles Sylvia Olsen and Odelia Smith.