39th annual BC and Yukon Book Prizes Gala
The 39th annual BC and Yukon Book Prizes Gala will take place on Sunday, September 24th, 2023 at 6:00PM at the University Golf Club in Vancouver, British Columbia. Your ticket includes entry to our reception, awards ceremony, dinner, and two bottles of wine per table. The venue is wheelchair accessible, and free parking is available onsite.
Each table seats 8 to 10 guests, and the ticket order form allows you to purchase up to 10 tickets at a time. If you would like to order more than 10 tickets, please submit a second order through the form.
Until September 1st, tickets are $140 for members and $150 for non-members. Unsure if your membership is up to date? E-mail us to confirm. After September 1st, tickets for members and non-members will be $175. The deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, September 15th.
In the event that you need to cancel your order, refunds (minus service fees) will be offered until September 1st. We will be closely following all government health recommendations and protocols in regards to COVID-19, and will do everything we can to ensure a safe gathering. In the event that we need to cancel the Gala due to COVID-19, full refunds will be issued to all ticket holders.
As stated in our entry criteria, tickets to the Gala are not provided to finalists and are generally paid for by the finalist publisher. If you are a finalist and cost is an obstacle for you to attend, please contact us.
The Gala will be hosted by poet and performer jaye simpson. jaye (she/they) is an Oji-Cree Saulteaux Indigiqueer from the Sapotaweyak Cree Nation. simpson is a writer, advocate and activist sharing their knowledge and lived experiences in hope of creating utopia.
she is published in several magazines including Poetry Is Dead, This Magazine, PRISM international, SAD Magazine: Green, GUTS Magazine, SubTerrain, Grain and Room. They are in four anthologies: Hustling Verse (2019), Love After the End (2020), The Care We Dream Of (2021), and Queer Little Nightmares (2022). Their first poetry collection, it was never going to be okay (Nightwood Ed.) was shortlisted for the 2021 ReLit Award and a 2021 Dayne Ogilvie Prize Finalist while also winning the 2021 Indigenous Voices Award for Published Poetry in English. their next collection of poetry, a body more tolerable, is forthcoming Fall 2024.
she is a displaced Indigenous person resisting, ruminating and residing on xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-waututh), and sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) First Nations territories, colonially known as Vancouver.