It was founded as a joint project by B.C. BookWorld, Vancity and the Vancouver Public Library in 1992.
The Vancity Book Prize was presented annually until 2005 to a B.C. author for best book in any genre pertaining to women’s issues.
It provided a $3000 award to the winner, with an additional $1000 from the provincial Ministry of Women’s Services, donated to a B.C. charitable organization of the winner’s choosing.
1992 – Sheila Baxter, Under The Viaduct: Homeless in Beautiful B.C. (New Star Books)
1993 – Barbara Woodley, Portraits: Canadian Women in Focus (Doubleday)
1994 – Karlene Faith, Unruly Women: The Politics of Confinement and Resistance (Press Gang)
1995 – Denise Chong, The Concubine’s Children (Viking)
1996 – Karen X. Tulchinsky, In Her Nature (Women’s Press)
1997 – Gail Anderson-Dargatz, The Cure for Death by Lightning (Random House)
1998 – Bonnie Sherr Klein and Persimmon Blackbridge, Slow Dance A Story of Stroke, Love and Discovery (Knopf)
1999 – Kate Braid, Inward to the Bones (Polestar)
2000 – Rita Moir, Buffalo Jump: A Woman’s Travel (Coteau)
2001 – Rosemary Neering, Wild West Women (Whitecap)
2002 – Madeleine Thien, Simple Recipes (McClelland & Stewart)
2003 – Nancy Lee, Dead Girls (McClelland & Stewart)
2004 – Maggie de Vries, Missing Sarah: A Vancouver Woman Remembers Her Vanished Sister (Penguin)
2005 – Debbie Palmer and Dave Perrin, Keep Sweet, Children of Polygamy (Dave’s Press)