Award Nomination: Sylvia Olsen's Working With Wool Nominated for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize


Working With Wool has been nominated for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize, which honours members of the literary community and awards a $5,000 prize to an author for the best book published in the preceding year in the categories of poetry, non-fiction, and fiction.

Founded in 2004, the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize is a partnership between the City of Victoria and Brian Butler of Butler Brothers Supplies.

The winner will be announced at a gala event on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at the Union Club of British Columbia. Open to the public, the event will feature readings by the finalists and will provide guests with the opportunity to meet the authors and have their books signed.

Tickets are $15 and are available at Munro's Books at 1108 Government Street, Bolen Books at Hillside Mall, Ivy's Bookshop on Oak Bay Avenue and from the Victoria Book Prize Society by calling 250.592.1181 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Here's a bit more information about the book:

Working With Wool: A Coast Salish Legacy and the Cowichan Sweater

By Sylvia Olsen

Cowichan sweaters are a lot like the Coast Salish women who knit them: hardy, practical, and enduringly beautiful. An artistic fusion of indigenous and European handwork, the Cowichan sweater became a Canadian icon. Award-winning author, knitter, and Cowichan-sweater expert Sylvia Olsen recounts one of Vancouver Island’s most compelling stories in Working With Wool, a stunning, fully illustrated account of innovation, hard work and cultural strength.

Download a pdf with more information about Working With Wool.

Watch a video of Sylvia speaking about Working With Wool.

History, 328 pp, 200+ photos 8.5 x 9.25, Cloth, $38.95
ISBN 13: 978-1-55039-177-0; 1-55039-177-1

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