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Holy smoke! The Sacred Herb/The Devil’s Weed is a BC Book Prize finalist


The BC Book Prizes announced its 2018 final­ists today.  The list includes Vic­to­ria word- and film­smith Andrew Struthers, final­ist for this year’s Hubert Evans Non-Fic­tion Prize, award­ed to the best orig­i­nal work of lit­er­ary non-fic­tion pub­lished in the pre­vi­ous year.

Woo-hoo!  Although might be fair to point out that the orig­i­nal plan was for The Sacred Herb / The Devil’s Weed to be eli­gi­ble for last year’s prize.  (This is addressed in the book.)

Struthers is no stranger to book prizes, hav­ing nev­er won any, but he did once win a Nation­al Mag­a­zine Award (remem­ber mag­a­zines?) for the orig­i­nal ver­sion of The Green Shad­ow.  He describes that har­row­ing expe­ri­ence in The Last Voy­age of the Loch Ryan.

He is also the author of Around the World on Min­i­mum Wage.  Copies of the pro­fuse­ly cor­rect­ed sec­ond edi­tion of this suc­ces d’estime are still avail­able.