WIBA 2017 Winners Announced

Stella Harvey, Farida Somjee and Paul Shore

Whistler Writers Festival Director Stella Harvey with WIBA 2017 winners Farida Somjee (fiction) and Paul Shore (non-fiction)

WIBA 2017 Winners Announced

The winners of the Whistler Independent Book Awards 2017 were announced on Friday at the 16th Annual Whistler Writers Festival. The winner of the 2017 Fiction Award was Farida Somjee for her novel, The Beggar’s Dance. Paul Shore was named the non-fiction winner for his memoir, Uncorked: My Year in Provence. The Whistler Independent Book Awards were established to recognize excellence in Canadian self-publishing. They are the only juried awards for self-publishing in Canada, with each nominee being individually assessed by judges from the Canadian Authors Association (Metro Vancouver), and the finalists selected by a distinguished team of judges.

“The Beggar’s Dance is a challenging and captivating novel,” said Gail Anderson-Dargatz, a Giller Prize finalist and judge of the Fiction Award. “The real strength of this novel is in Somjee’s portrayal of the secondary characters’ heartache and joy, and how Juma, unwittingly or with purpose, orchestrates change within his community.”

“In Uncorked, Shore’s use of the game of Pétanque as a point of entry to address areas of personal alienation is a great literary and narrative choice,” said, J.J. Lee, one of the judges for the Non-Fiction award, and CBC radio host, author, and Governor General’s Literary Award finalist. “This memoir made me laugh; especially Paul’s foil Hubert, who is a star. And its funny and illuminating stories contain a soul that is touching too!”

Established in 2016 to recognize excellence in Canadian self-publishing, the Whistler Independent Book Awards offers prizes in two categories: fiction and non-fiction. Jointly administered by the Whistler Writing Society and Vivalogue Publishing, the Whistler Independent Book Awards (WIBAs) provide independent authors with a unique opportunity to have their work recognized through a juried process typically reserved for trade-published titles.

Entries for the 2018 WIBAs will open in March 2018. Canadian authors interested in participating should contact Vivalogue Publishing. More information about the Whistler Independent Book Awards can be found here.