Among the picks is Cicely Belle Blain's debut book of poems, Burning Sugar, which was released this year.
Charlie Smith was born in Victoria and raised in Saanich. He has been extremely lucky to work at the Georgia Straight for 25 years. For seven years, he also taught investigative techniques at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (then known as Kwantlen University College) and worked at CBC Radio for 13 years. In addition, he's researched and reported stories on CBC TV and Global TV (then known as BCTV) newscasts, written for various publications, worked in private radio, and edited a business magazine. He's a Canadian Securities Course graduate who has won two Western Magazine Awards for business writing and twice been nominated for Jack Webster Foundation Awards for his business and science writing. In addition, Charlie has received an antiracism award from Spice Radio, a medal from Radical Desi for countering racist narratives in media, and a community builder award from the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society.