Congratulations to George Bowering for winning this year’s George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award!
Since 1995, the Award annually honours an outstanding literary career in British Columbia. Co-sponsored by BC BookWorld and the Vancouver Public Library, the $5,000 prize is awarded to a BC author whose enduring contribution to society spans several decades. The Award is also sponsored by Dr. Yosef Wosk, the Writers’ Trust of Canada, and the Pacific BookWorld News Society.
A poet, novelist, historian, and biographer of over 100 books, George Bowering has been recognized for his extraordinary accomplishments over the years. In 2000, he was named Canada’s First Poet Laureate. The much lauded Officer of the Order of Canada has won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 1969, the Governor General’s Award for Fiction in 1980, the Nichol Chapbook Award for Poetry in both 1991 and 1992, the Canadian Author’s Association Award for Poetry in 1993, and was awarded an Honourary Degree (D. Litt.) from the University of British Columbia in 1994.
We wish George all the best and look forward to what comes next.
For a Q&A with George Bowering and a list of his works published in Canadian Literature, see here.