Sooke author Darrel J. McLeod and his first book, Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age, have been recognized by the Victoria Book Prize Society as a finalist for the 2019 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. (Contributed)

Sooke author Darrel J. McLeod and his first book, Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age, have been recognized by the Victoria Book Prize Society as a finalist for the 2019 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. (Contributed)

Sooke author finalist for Victoria book prize

Winner announced on Oct. 9

Sooke author Darrel J. McLeod and his first book, Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age, have been recognized by the Victoria Book Prize Society as a finalist for the 2019 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize.

The winner will be announced Oct. 9.

In its 16th year, the $5,000 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize is awarded to a Greater Victoria author for the best book published in the preceding year in the categories of fiction, non-fiction or poetry.

The five finalists are:

• Robert Amos (non-fiction) – E.J. Hughes Paints Vancouver Island (TouchWood Editions)

• Lorna Crozier (poetry) – God of Shadows (McClelland & Stewart)

• Esi Edugyan (fiction) – Washington Black (Patrick Crean Editions)

• Darrel J. McLeod (biography) – Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age (Douglas & McIntyre)

• Kathy Page (fiction) – Dear Evelyn (Biblioasis)

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McLeod’s book is an account of overcoming personal and systemic obstacles while living in the village of Smith, Alta. and came about as a result of McLeod’s interaction with a village elder with whom he shared family stories.

The stories were put to paper while McLeod was serving as a principal in a northern B.C. school. The writing of the accounts took six years.

McLeod is working on a second memoir, Peyakow, following the events in Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age, which will publish in the fall 2020 with Douglas & McIntyre.

Earlier this year, McLeod won the Governor General Literacy Award for non-fiction for Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age.



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