The board of the West Coast Book Prize Society is pleased to announce that Sean Cranbury will take over as Executive Director, in charge of managing, administering and publicizing the BC Book Prizes. He replaces Bryan Pike of Rebus Communications, who is retiring after nearly twenty years at the helm.
“Sean brings to the prizes a perfect combination of administration and communication experience together with long-standing, wide connections to the publishing and writing community,” says Kathryn Shoemaker, society president.
Cranbury’s commitment to books and writing began with jobs at independent bookshops like Vancouver’s Duthie Books and Sophia Books, among others. In 2009 he created Books on the Radio, a monthly radio show and podcast that airs on Simon Fraser University’s CJSF 90.1 FM.
In 2010 Cranbury founded the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series to celebrate the literary arts during the Vancouver Olympics. The series, which Cranbury helps to organize and co-hosts, continues to treat Vancouver audiences to four curated readings a year.
Cranbury has served on book publishing advisories and juries. He helped plan and deliver the 2014 National Forum on the Literary Arts, sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts. His years as a presenter and facilitator for the Surrey International Writers’ Conference won him a special achievement award from the Surrey Board of Trade in 2015.
Besides strong ties and experience with the writing and publishing world, Cranbury brings to the BC Book Prizes valuable team-building experience that includes successful administrative, financial, and marketing skills honed during his five years as general manager of the Storm Crow Tavern and Storm Crow Alehouse. Cranbury helped to grow this emergent brand from one Vancouver restaurant to two, with future locations in the works.
“The BC Book Prizes is entering an exciting chapter in its history,” Cranbury says. “I look forward to making myself available to the entire writing and publishing community in BC and Yukon to listen to and consult with anybody who wants to talk about who we are and what we should be doing moving forward. We are going to cultivate a shared and collaborative approach to taking our message out into the writing and publishing communities locally, nationally and globally. The writers and publishers in BC and Yukon are some of the best in the world and we’re going to celebrate that fact every time that we get a chance.”