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B.C. Book Prizes
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- Multiple media
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- Source of title proper: Title based on contents of series.
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- Twigg, Alan
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66.5 cm of textual records and other material
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Name of creator
Alan Twigg was born in North Vancouver, British Columbia in 1952. Since 1987, he has owned and published the newspaper, B.C. BookWorld, Canada’s largest circulation publication about books.
In 1985, Twigg co-founded the B.C. Book Prizes, and he was its executive director and chief fundraiser in the 1990s. He also created the Van City Women’s Book Prize, and coordinated it between 1992 and 2005. Twigg was a representative of the Writers Union of Canada, on the original Board of Directors for the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing at Simon Fraser University. He also served on the boards of the City of Vancouver’s Public Art Committee and the Vancouver Cultural Alliance. He is a founder of British Columbia’s annual Lifetime Achievement Award for an outstanding literary career in British Columbia, which he has also coordinated since 1995. In 1994, he organized events aiming to honor George Woodcock, who was British Columbia’s most prolific man of letters.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Alan Twigg worked as a freelance writer. From 1995 to 1998, he wrote a weekly editorial column for The Province newspaper. He has written for The Quill & Quire, BC Historical News, as a theatre critic for The Georgia Straight, Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, Maclean’s, Vancouver Sun, Step and Pacific Northwest Review of Books.
Alan Twigg appears frequently as a guest on CBC Radio, and he has been the host of a CBC television series about B.C. authors.
Alan Twigg has taught at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria, and at high schools. He hosted Simon Fraser University’s third annual Symposium on the Novel at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue in 2004. In 1999, Twigg coordinated a fundraising campaign for the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, an organization which he continues to support.
Scope and content
Series contains materials concerned with B.C. Book Prizes. Textual records consist of title submissions, score sheets, legal documents, minutes, correspondence and financial records.
Immediate source of acquisition
Twigg arranged most of the series into files based on activities. This arrangement by activity was retained. However, some files had to be rearranged chronologically for the ease of access. Twigg did not impose any arrangement on photographs, videocassettes, audio cassettes and the programs, and consequently those materials were arranged based on form.
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Further accruals are expected.
Includes 6 drawings, 17 brochures, 10 bookmarks, 56 certificates, 11 newsletters, 103 newspaper clippings, 4 pamphlets, 15 business cards, 18 prints, 1 receipt book, 17 tickets, 2 wine labels, 2 boxes of photographs, 118 slides, 21 programs, ca. 140 stickers, 5 audio cassettes, 3 videocassettes and 7 banners.