Betty Keller has been named the 2015 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence, the $5,000 honour handed out annually by the West Coast Book Prize Society, the same folks who bring us the B.C. Book Prizes every year.
Keller, the author or coauthor of a dozen-and-a-half books (histories, novels, plays, biographies, the works), is widely known as the founder and producer of the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts, “one of the great literary gatherings in Canada,” in the words of the award jury made up of author Kit Pearson, writer and artist Michael Kluckner, and Vancouver Public Library chief librarian Sandra Singh. The jury also praised Keller as “a long-respected matriarch of the literary arts in this province”.
B.C. Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon will present the award to Keller at the B.C. Book Prizes gala, set for April 25 at the Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel. See the book prizes’ website for details.