Thursday, September 9, 2010


The Wolsenburg Clock by Jay Ruzesky Published by Thistledown Press

Shortlisted for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

Victoria Book Prize

Jay Ruzesky's first novel, The Wolsenburg Clock, has been shortlisted for the 2010 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. The story follows the construction and reconstruction of a monumental church clock which charts the stars and planets and is covered with a fantasy of automated figures. First built in the medieval age, the clock is threatened by bombings during the second world war.

Ruzesky has been a member of the Victoria literary community since he came to Vancouver Island from the Okanagan in 1984. He has organized the reading series at Open Space and for The Malahat Review, and is the longest serving member of the editorial board of The Malahat Review (since 1990).  He has also been on the advisory board of The Claremont Review and has given readings from his poems and stories at a number of Victoria area schools. He teaches at the Cowichan Campus of Vancouver Island University.

“I'm honoured to be on the list,” Ruzesky says, “especially when you look at the company I'm keeping there. This city is so rich with literary talent and it's a supportive community. We're lucky.” When asked why the prize matters to him, Ruzesky said, “These days, there are so many things asking for our attention. The best honour for a writer is to have his or her book read and if the nomination encourages a few more readers, I'll be happy.”

The City of Victoria Butler Book Prize is awarded each year for the best book by a Victoria author.

Contact Jay Ruzesky:
The Wolsenburg Clock
Jay Ruzesky
ISBN 978-1-897235-62-1 / trade paper
$18.95 CAD

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