At today’s opening ceremony, October 21st, of the Annual Surrey International Writers’ Conference at the Sheraton Hotel, the Surrey Board of Trade presented the 24th winner of the Surrey Board of Trade Special Achievement Award to Shari Green, in recognition of her work as a writer and her significant contribution to the community of writers.
The winner of the 2016 Surrey Board of Trade Special Achievement Award lives on Vancouver Island, BC, with her husband, her high school sweetheart. She writes Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction. She’s in love with stories and the sea, and can often be found curled up with a good book and a cup of tea, or wandering the beaches near her home. CM Magazine has said that her writing is captivatingly visual, with seamless inclusions of figurative language. The Canadian Children’s Book News says, about one of her books, that she aptly captures the journey of a girl faced with her first real heartbreak—the likely dissolution of her family. She is the author of FOLLOWING CHELSEA and a contributing author of FALLING FOR ALICE. Her middle grade novel in verse, ROOT BEER CANDY AND OTHER MIRACLES, launches this Fall from Pajama Press. She’s also the creator of a series of coloring books for adults, including TAKE ME TO THE SEA and CREATIVITEA.
The Surrey Board of Trade has sponsored this award for 24 years because business people are writers themselves, working as journalists, public relations or marketing professionals, technical writers, publishers, and of course a few booksellers. “We have an interest in the business of writing and publishing. In a literate society, cultures and peoples are best remembered by the stories that survive them,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.
The purpose of the Surrey Board of Trade Special Achievement Award is to honor writers who have made a significant achievement in their writing careers during the past year.
1. The person chosen to receive the award must be nominated by someone other than himself/herself.
2. The recipient must be commercially or self-published within the last year.
3. Nominees are those who have contributed to the writing community will be given priority consideration.
4. Works can include books, poetry, short stories, and/or articles. There is no restriction on genre or topic.
The Surrey Board of Trade represents over 6,000 business contacts, which employs over 60,000 people who work and live in Surrey.