The Whistler Independent Book Awards 2020 Judges

Evelyn LauFinalists’ Judge for Fiction

Evelyn Lau began publishing stories, essays and poetry in literary magazines as a teenager.  She is now the Vancouver author of twelve books, including two short story collections (Fresh Girls and Choose Me, published by HarperCollins and Random House respectively) and a novel (Other Women, published by Random House).  Her fiction and non-fiction have been translated into a dozen languages; her poetry has won numerous awards.  Evelyn has served as writer-in-residence at UBC, Kwantlen and Vancouver Community College, as well as Distinguished Visiting Writer at the University of Calgary. In 2011, she was named Vancouver’s Poet Laureate for a three-year term.  Evelyn works for SFU Continuing Studies and as a freelance manuscript consultant.

Darcie Friesen HossackFinalists’ Judge for Fiction

Darcie Friesen Hossack is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers and, for eleven years, wrote food memoir for various western Canadian newspapers. Her short story collection, Mennonites Don’t Dance, was a runner-up for the 2011 Danuta Gleed Award, shortlisted for the 2011 Commonwealth Writers Prize and the 2012 OLA Forest of Reading Evergreen Award for Adult Fiction. She is at work on the second draft of a novel, Strange Fruit, which marries Seventh-day Adventists into the Mennonite homescapes for which she’s already known.

JJ LeeFinalists’ Judge for Non-fiction

JJ Lee is a well-known author, journalist and broadcaster. In 2014, he hosted the CBC radio show, Head to Toe (now available in podcast). His fashion and personal essays are published in ELLE Canada. His memoir piece, “ELLE First: You are beautiful”, tied for Gold at the 2011 National Magazine Award for Best Short Feature. His debut book, The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, the BC Book Prize Huber Evans Non-Fiction Prize and the Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. It was longlisted for the 2018 Canada Reads.

Sue Oakey-BakerFinalists’ Judge for Non-fiction

Sue Oakey Baker is a teacher, guide, painter and a writer and holds degrees in French Literature and Language Education.  Her photographs and writing have been published in Pique Newsmagazine, the Alpine Club of Canada Gazette and the  Canadian Alpine Journal. Her memoir, Finding Jim, was published in 2013 by Rocky Mountain Books.