Word Vancouver and Pandora’s Collective: 2016 Literary Awards



Janet Kvammen welcoming Ashok Bhargava to the podium



Literary Awards Gala at CBC Studio 700 Vancouver B.C.



Program Schedule of awards on Saturday, September 24, 2016




“Citizenship Award” recipient Ashok Bhargava speaking to audience


Word Vancouver and Pandora’s Collective announce the winners of the 2016 Literary Awards


The Pandora’s Collective Literary Awards are presented to those who by their example and hard work continue to maintain and foster the Vancouver literary community.

This year’s awards recipients (see list below) will be honoured at a special Gala to be held on Saturday, September 24 at CBC Studio 700, 700 Hamilton St., 7 p.m. Festivities will include a cash bar and silent auction. Admission is free. The event will be hosted by Sean Cranbury, a previous recipient of a Pandora’s Collective Award, and host of Books on the Radio and Real Vancouver Writers’ Series.

Ashok Bhargava – Citizenship Award

Kate Braid – Writer Mentor Award

David Zierroth – Publisher Award

Bill Bissett – Dintinctive Body of work Award


The Pandora’s Collective Citizenship Award recognizes Ashok Bhargava as an individual who has excelled in his support of writers within our community (local and global). Ashok is poet, creative writer, public speaker, community activist, management consultant, and energetic volunteer.

The evening featured music by Franki Lemon. Awards given to each recipient are created by artist Judith Atkinson. Sponsor: Spud.ca

Pandora’s Collective Literary Awards Gala

Sat. Sept. 24

Studio 700, CBC, 700 Hamilton St.


Recognize, Appreciate, Understand

WIN awards are to recognize, appreciate and understand the author

We Write What We Want to Write

WIN Canada believes that we must write what we want to write, not what others want us to write.

Merit, Not Competition

WIN Awards are not based on comparing one’s work with others and determining the winner, but understanding what a writer is saying and recognizing that message
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