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News from Harbour Publishing
Six new titles to liven up Fall 2013!
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 10:24am
Harbour Publishing is delighted announce our Fall 2013 list, with six new exciting titles on history and regional interest, First Nations, literary criticism, and sport.
In Haunting Vancouver: A Nearly True History, beloved author Mike McCardell takes readers on a personal tour of Vancouver’s past, introducing the eccentric characters who built the city. Full of McCardell’s trademark humour, this title proves that truth really is stranger than fiction.
Harbour’s signature anthology Raincoast Chronicles returns with Raincoast Chronicles 22: Givers, Guardians, Helpers and Volunteers, edited by David R. Conn, offers a collection full of memorable characters and laudable deeds set on British Columbia’s coast
Local history fans are sure to be captivated by local legend Frank White’s Milk Spills and One-Log Loads: Memories of a Pioneer Truck Driver. At 99 years old, Frank tells the story of his life in transportation spanning from the age of the horse and buggy, chronicling the growth of trucking in British Columbia’s freight and logging industries.
Be sure to catch Harbour’s First Nations release We Are Born with the Songs Inside Us: Lives and Stories of First Nations People in British Columbia. Written by Katherine Palmer Gordon, with a foreword by National Chief Shawn a-in-chut Atleo, this inspirational title features compelling and candid stories of young Aboriginal people in Canada.
Nicolas Bradley, associate professor at the University of Victoria has gathered the correspondence of Al Purdy and Earle Birney into one carefully annotated volume, We Go Far Back in Time: The Letters of Earle Birney and Al Purdy, 1947–1984. This is an illuminating and entertaining record of Canada’s most celebrated poets as they looked to each other for advice and shared the pleasures and dissatisfactions of literary life.
To round out Harbour’s roster, we have End Zones and Border Wars: The Era of American Expansion in the CFL by sports journalist and author Ed Willes. Football fans will be intrigued by this authorative account of a bizarre chapter of Canada’s sports history.
Six new titles to intrigue and inspire this Fall 2013!
Meet the Authors of 'Sea Salt: Recipes from the West Coast Galley' in Victoria, Nanaimo & Vancouver!
Monday, May 13, 2013 at 4:53pm
Join the Malone family of authors: Lorna Malone, Alison Malone Eathorne, and Hilary Malone, as they sign copies of their new sailing-themed cookbook, Sea Salt: Recipes from the West Coast Galley this May and June!
They'll be signing copies of Sea Salt at the following locations:
Victoria ~ Munro's Books (1108 Government Street) on Saturday, May 25 from 2pm to 3pm
Nanaimo ~ Nanaimo Maps and Charts (8 Church Street) on Saturday, June 1 from 2pm to 3:30pm
Nanaimo ~ On the city pier at the Van Isle 360° International Yacht Race on the first morning of the race, which starts at 10am on Saturday, June 8
Vancouver ~ Barbara Jo's Books to Cooks (1740 West 2nd Avenue) on Saturday, June 22 from 2pm to 4pm.
Sea Salt is the perfect cookbook to complement life on BC’s coast. It features ingredients from local producers on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, including places Hilary’s Cheese, Nanoose Edibles Heritage Farm, and Vancouver Island Brewery. It’s full of fun, creative recipes that are beautifully illustrated with photography from Christina Symons and best served with a fresh sea breeze, such as Sablefish Frittata, Salt Spring Island Mussels with Fennel and Ale, and Sea Salt and Caramel Brownies. And the best part is that everything can (and has!) be made out on the water in the galley kitchen of a sailboat! ...
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Don Pepper Launches 'Fishing the Coast' in Vancouver
Monday, April 22, 2013 at 1:24pm
Here, finally, is a book about commercial salmon fishing through the eyes of a commercial fisherman! Join Don Pepper, whose life on the water as a fisherman spanned over fifty years, as he launches his new book, Fishing the Coast: A Life on the Water, with a slideshow, talk and book signing at the Vancouver Maritime Museum (1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver) on Thursday, May 9 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. Light refreshments provided.
Fishing for a living is dangerous. Boats sink, men are swept out to sea, lines snap and sometimes just standing up is a chore. Nature conjures up storms and rocks and reefs; overloaded boats capsize and tired men fall asleep at the wheel or fall overboard. And yet it is pleasurable too—a world of catastrophic beauty, camaraderie and sometimes financial reward.
Fishing the Coast: A Life on the Water is Don Pepper’s first-hand story of the commercial fishing industry of British Columbia and sure to become a West Coast classic. Pepper fished salmon on and off from 1953 to 2006. Over the years, he saw profound technological changes in the industry that would not only affect the lives of individual fishermen, but the balance of the world’s oceans and economies....
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Sandy Pool Shortlisted for an Alberta Book Award
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 4:49pm
The Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry is one of nine Alberta Literary Awards, administered by the Writers Guild of Alberta, which recognize and celebrate the highest standards of literary excellence from Alberta authors.
Sandy Pool is a multidisciplinary artist and recently appointed Killam scholar. She holds a degree in Theatre Performance and English from the University of Toronto, as well as a M.F.A in Creative Writing from the University Guelph. Currently, she is a doctoral student in Canadian Literature and Poetics at the University of Calgary, where she is the editor of Dandelion magazine. Sandy’s first book, Exploding into Night, was nominated for the 2010 Governor General’s Award for Poetry. She is also a librettist and voice work artist.
Undark, Pool’s luminous volume of poetry, is a dramatic elegy and poetic inquisition written in seven distinct voices. Drawing from the historical record of the ‘radium women’ who painted glow-in-the-dark numbers on watch dials in the early 1900s, the work urges us to engage deeply with questions of time and women’s history. ...
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Celebrate National Poetry Month with Harbour Publishing and Nightwood Editions Poets!
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 12:08pm
Harbour Publishing and Nightwood Editions are pleased to announce new books by some of Canada’s finest poets. Over the next month, there will be poetry events across the country featuring readings with Russell Thornton (Birds, Metals, Stones and Rain), Elizabeth Bachinsky (The Hottest Summer in Recorded History), Tim Bowling (Selected Poems), Jay MillAr (Timely Irreverence), Blaise Moritz (Zeppelin), Brad Cran (Ink on Paper), Sandy Pool (Undark) and Tom Wayman (Dirty Snow):
—with Brad Cran, Elizabeth Bachinksy and Jay MillAr
—Russell Thornton will be launching Birds, Metals, Stones and Rain
—With a reading by Sandy Pool
—With readings by Sandy Pool and Tom Wayman
—With Blaise Moritz, Jay MillAr, Elizabeth Bachinsky and Brad Cran
—Elizabeth Bachinsky will be touring the country with The Hottest Summer in Recorded History
—Jay MillAr will be reading in St. Catherines and Toronto
—Tim Bowling is launching Selected Poems, a beautiful hard-cover collection
For a complete list of author events, see our events calendar.
Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd Launch Book at One-Day-Only Vancouver Art Show
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 1:38pm
Roy Henry Vickers, one of Canada’s most-lauded artists, is unveiling his largest-ever collection of new prints at a public gallery and storytelling event on Saturday, April 6, 2013, from 10:30am to 4pm, at Vancouver’s iconic Waterfall Building. The introduction and storytelling will begin at 11am.
The creations on display were inspired by Raven Brings the Light—a highly-anticipated book co-authored by Robert Budd—telling the legend of how Raven brought light to the world. Advance copies of the books will be available at the launch.
“This story belongs to the people of the Northwest Coast, where it has been passed from generation to generation for thousands of years,” said Vickers. “It is a great joy
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Congratulations to our BC Book Prize Nominees!
Friday, March 15, 2013 at 11:06am
It’s been a significant year for Harbour Publishing! Hot on the heels of acquiring the publishing imprint Douglas & McIntyre just last month, we are pleased to announce that the BC Book Prizes shortlist has been released and we have numerous nominations, not only for our Harbour titles, but also for the Douglas & McIntyre list.
The Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award category, which is presented to the publisher and author of the best book in terms of public appeal, initiative, design, production and content, includes the following nominations: British Columbia: A New Historical Atlas by Derek Hayes (Douglas & McIntyre), Bruno and the Beach: The Beachcombers at 40, by Marc Strange and Jackson Davies (Harbour Publishing), Exploring Vancouver: The Architectural Guide, by Harold Kalman and Robin Ward (Douglas & McIntyre), and Trucking in British Columbia: An Illustrated History, by Daniel Francis (Harbour Publishing).
We also received a number of nominations in the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Book Prize category, for Harbour's Bruno and the Beach: The Beachcombers at 40, as well as Douglas & McIntyre's British Columbia: A New Historical Atlas and Undesirables: White Canada and the Komagata Maru – An Illustrated History, by Ali Kazimi. The Roderick Haig Brown Regional Book Prize is awarded to the author whose book contributes most to the enjoyment and understanding of British Columbia.
The press also received a nomination for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize--which goes to the best original non-fiction literary work written by a BC author--for The Art of the Impossible: Dave Barrett and the NDP in Power, 1972-1975, by Geoff Meggs and Rod Mickleburgh (Harbour Publishing).
The BC Book Prizes is awarded annually in seven categories, with the intent to celebrate the best writing and publishing in the province. The awards carry a cash prize of $2000 plus a certificate. The winners of the BC Book Prizes will be announced in Victoria at an awards gala at Government House, on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Congratulations to all!
Ryan Wahl Signs 'Legacy in Wood' (Now in Paperback!) in Nanaimo
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 8:50am
Join Ryan Wahl, whose great-grandfather founded one of the most legendary boatyards on the West Coast of B.C., as he signs copies of his book Legacy in Wood: The Wahl Family Boat Builders, now in paperback for the first time! The signing will take place on Saturday, March 23 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm at Nanaimo Maps and Charts (8 Church Street).
The golden age of commercial fishing in British Columbia has passed, and one industry that has disappeared along with its decline is the construction of wooden vessels. For three generations, the Wahl family built wooden fishing boats, and in that time the Wahl boatyard in Prince Rupert, B.C., became so highly esteemed in the West Coast commercial fishing industry that their boats were the standard by which fishermen judged all others. The Wahl boats, built over a sixty-year span, were revered above all for their high quality and their beauty....
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Rachel Rose Wins the Audre Lorde Award
April 29, 2013
Rachel Rose's latest book, Song and Spectacle, has won the prestigious Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry, presented by the Publishing Triangle. This award is given to a poet in Canada or the United States and honours Lorde, an American poet, essayist, librarian and teacher. Rose was presented with the award at a ceremony in New York City on April 25th.
Song and Spectacle is the third collection by Rose, whose
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DOUGLAS & MCINTYRE FORGES ALLIANCE WITH HARBOUR PUBLISHING
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 4:55pm
Douglas & McIntyre, the original imprint of British Columbia’s long-time flagship book publisher, will live to see another day thanks to a new alliance with Harbour Publishing, another long-established British Columbian publisher. Harbour owners Howard and Mary White reached an agreement to purchase assets associated with the famous imprint from its former owner, D&M Publishers Inc.
D&M Publishers Inc. published under two imprints, Douglas & McIntyre and Greystone Books. During reorganization the imprints have been separated and sold as individual entities. The Douglas & McIntyre imprint dates back to 1971 when the original publishing company was co-founded by Jim Douglas and Scott McIntyre. The Douglas & McIntyre list is made up of some 500 titles including the Giller-Prize-winning novel The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skribsrud; the CBC Canada Reads contender Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese; British Columbia: A New Historical Atlas by Derek Hayes and works by such eminent Canadian authors as Emily Carr, Bill Reid, Wayson Choy, Doris Shadbolt, Wade Davis, Bill Richardson, Douglas Coupland, Will Ferguson and others.
The Whites plan to operate Douglas & McIntyre as a separate company with its own editorial direction, maintaining the press’s focus on First Nations, art, fiction and books directed at the national and international market. All Douglas & McIntyre titles will continue to be distributed by Harper Collins in Canada with no interruption of service.
White had been “concerned, like everyone else,” when D&M filed for creditor protection last year. “I have been admiring Douglas & McIntyre since we started publishing books together 40 years ago,” White says. “I just felt if there was a role for Harbour to play in keeping that great program going, we had to do it.”
Harbour has successfully partnered with other presses in past, including Nightwood Editions, Caitlin Press, Bluefield Books and Lost Moose Books. None of these was the size of D&M and White doesn’t underestimate the scale of the new undertaking.
“We plan to take it one step at a time,” he says, adding that he will be contacting D&M authors over the next few days and urging them “to work with us to make sure this great Canadian publishing tradition carries on for years to come.”
New Kindle ebooks available this month
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 10:26am
Three great new Kindle ebooks are now available from Harbour Publishing:
by Barry Gough
A riviting history of intrigue and exploration on the high seas during the age of the discovery of the Northwest Coast.
by Rachel Rose
A collection of poems by the award-winning poet, Rachel Rose, that delve into topics of the particular and universal struggles of birth, passion and loss, and the paradoxical quest for non-attachment in a treacherous, unpredictable and yet deeply beloved world.
by Tom Hawthorn
This collection of obituaries by Globe and Mail columnist Tom Hawthorn, present the best, the funniest and the most memorable of the passing parade of characters who make life in British Columbia so remarkable.
Get Into Gardening This Spring with Advice from Harbour Publishing Authors!
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 4:40pm
It's that time of year again – time to start planning and planting your garden patch. Luckily, Harbour Publishing authors Senga Lindsay, Christina Symons, John Gillespie and Christine Allen are here to help, sharing their insider tips in Vancouver at the Wellness Show and BC Home + Garden Show, in Victoria at the Home Design & Renovation Show, and in Toronto at Canada Blooms! Below are the dates and times of their presentations:
Wellness Show (Vancouver Convention Centre)
- Senga Lindsay, author of Edible Landscaping, gives her seminar “Senga’s Edible Living - The Best Herbs You Need to Know and Grow!” on Saturday, February 16 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Home Design & Renovation Show (Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre, Victoria)
- Christina Symons & John Gillespie, authors of Sow Simple and Everyday Eden, give three seminars on gardening at 3:30pm on Friday, February 15, and at 2:30pm on Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17
BC Home + Garden Show (BC Place Stadium, Vancouver)
- Christina Symons & John Gillespie, authors of Sow Simple and Everyday Eden, give their seminar “Let’s Make a Great Garden! Learn the Trade Secrets” on Friday, February 22 from 2pm to 3pm
- Christine Allen, author of A Year at Killara Farm, gives a presentation about the joys of gardening on Friday, February 22 from 6pm to 7pm
- Senga Lindsay, author of Edible Landscaping, gives her seminar “Senga’s Seven Edible Garden Ideas to Inspire” on Sunday, February 24 from 1pm to 2pm
Canada Blooms (Direct Energy Centre, Toronto)
Thirteen reasons to look forward to Spring 2013!
Harbour Publishing is pleased to announce our Spring 2013 list, with titles on cooking, gardening, fishing, First Nations art, as well humour, memoir, poetry and nature.
Get ready for a culinary sailing adventure with 100+ fresh recipes showcasing local ingredients and creative flavours. Sea Salt: Recipes from the West Coast Galley, by Alison Malone Eathorne, Hilary Malone & Lorna Malone, is a gorgeous new collection of over a hundred sea-tested gourmet recipes suitable for meals aboard but equally satisfying for the home dining table.
Harbour is excited to be offering two First Nations art titles this Spring, with the children’s book Raven Brings the Light by renowned carver, painter and printmaker Roy Henry Vickers (with Rob Budd) and the Bill Reid Art Gallery title Carrying On “Irregardless”: Humour in Contemporary Northwest Coast Art.
Another exciting recent acquisition is Free Magic Secrets Revealed, a mirthful (and magical) coming-of-age story by Vancouver author, playright and journalist Mark Leiren-Young. Leiren-Young’s bestselling Never Shoot a Stampede Queen won the 2009 Leacock Medal for Humour.
Keeping true to Harbour’s tradition of producing quality British Columbia regional history are two titles sure to become West Coast classics: House Calls by Float Plane: Stories of a West Coast Doctor by Dr. Alan Swan and Fishing the Coast: A Life on the Water by by well-known fisherman and industry analyst Dr. Don Pepper.
Dog lovers can look forward to Tails Don’t Lie: A Decade of Dog Cartoons by Adrian Raeside, with a charming assortment of canine characters, gleaned from ten years of Raeside’s dogged observations in the comic strip The Other Coast.
Four new additions to the brochure field guide series are also planned, with A Field Guide to Medicinal Wild Plants of Canada by Beverley Gray; A Field Guide to Birds of the Pacific Northwest by Tony Greenfield with photographs by Penny Hall; A Field Guide to Wildlife of the Rocky Mountains by Hälle Flygare; as well as a French translation of the bestselling Field Guide to the Identification of Pebbles by Eileen Vander Flier Keller.
Just thirteen reasons to look forward to Spring 2013!
Howard White Shortlisted for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature
Friday, December 7, 2012 at 4:41pm
Howard White has been shortlisted for the 2012 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature for his book, A Hard Man to Beat: The Story of Bill White, Labour Leader, Shipyard Worker, Raconteur.
The George Ryga Award is awarded to a British Columbia author who has achieved an outstanding degree of social awareness in a newly published book, and is administered by Okanagan College. Past winners include Stephen Galloway, author of The Cellist of Sarajevo and Larry Campbell, Neil Boyd and Lori Culbert for their book, A Thousand Dreams: Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and the Fight for Its Future. Other books shortlisted for the 2012 award are Michael Christie’s The Beggars Garden (Harper Collins) and Joel Bakan’s Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children (Penguin). The winner will be announced in March of 2013 and the award will be presented at a ceremony in Kelowna, BC on Saturday, March 23 during Okanagan College’s literary festival Word Ruckus.
In A Hard Man to Beat: The Story of Bill White, Howard White (no relation to Bill) has documented
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The Zero-Mile Diet Cookbook Launch in Victoria
Friday, December 7, 2012 at 3:39pm
There are few better ways to enjoy the holiday season than to indulge in locally sourced, sustainable meals with family and friends. Carolyn Herriot’s The Zero-Mile Diet Cookbook: Seasonal Recipes for Delicious Homegrown Food contains over 160 recipes using homegrown ingredients, and is full of ideas for connecting with the environment that surrounds us. She will be launching the book in Victoria at Spinnakers Gastro Brew Pub (308 Catherine Street) on Monday, December 17 from 4pm to 6pm. Come by for a some of the tasty recipes featured in the book and a complimentary drink. Admission is free.
The Zero-Mile Diet Cookbook is full of ...
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Kindle Editions Now Available: Unlikely Love Stories and The Art of the Impossible
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 9:59am
Unlikely Love Stories and The Art of the Impossible: Dave Barrett and the NDP in Power 1972-1975 are both now available as Kindle editions! Two great new books to add to your digital library.
Distribution Change: Caitlin Press
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 2:53pm
Please note that Caitlin Press titles will be represented by Michael Reynolds & Associates, and distributed by Publishers Group Canada in 2013.
Important Dates for Retailers:
Caitlin Spring 2013 frontlist titles will be available for order from Michael Reynolds & Associate beginning January 1, 2013.
Backlist titles are available through Harbour Publishing only until February 22, 2013.
After February 22, 2013, all orders must be placed with Michael Reynolds & Associates.
Please note that Caitlin returns will be only be accepted by Harbour Publishing until February 28, 2013.
Please visit caitlin-press.com for more information.
James Bryner Joins Harbour
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 6:23pm
Harbour Publishing is pleased to announce that James Bryner has joined the company as Sales Manager effective September 3, 2012. James has a long history in book sales, first as bookseller/buyer/manager with Duthies' flagship store in Vancouver (1981-2000) then from 2000 to 2005 as BC Sales Representative for the Literary Press Group (with whom he was chosen CBA Sales Rep of the Year in 2004) and most recently from 2005 to 2012 as BC Account Manager with John Wiley & Sons of Canada. At Harbour he will handle chains, house accounts, special sales and online sales. James replaces Berglind Hendrickson, who is taking maternity leave. James will work from his home office in Vancouver.
James Bryner contact information:
Phone: 604 734 4300;
Fax 734 6964
Cell: 778 997 4772
Vancouver office: Apt. 22, 1390 West 14th Ave. V6H 1R1
KnowBC: Revamped & Renewed
Monday, January 9, 2012 at 12:35pm
Harbour Publishing and ERAC have partnered, once again, to include KnowBC.com in this year’s ERAC bundle. Member schools across British Columbia will have access to the new and expanded edition of KnowBC.
KnowBC.com was launched in 2001 as the online edition of Harbour Publishing’s Encyclopedia of British Columbia. In 2010, KnowBC underwent expansive changes to include, not just a new design, but the addition of major reference works from Harbour Publishing:
· Where Mountains Meet the Sea: A History of Coastal BC
Other features of the expanded edition include quizzes, fact pages, French language articles, resources for students and curriculum-based resources for teachers, such as lesson plans and handouts
“This has been a major redevelopment of the KnowBC website. Our aim is to make KnowBC the main vehicle for delivering Harbour’s continually expanding library of BC reference and history texts online. We intend this site to be a must-have product for every BC school, library and public institution.”
— Howard White, publisher
KnowBC.com continues to evolve—videos, maps, feature articles, and related online and print resources are added weekly, and the KnowBC blog is updated regularly by the Encyclopedia of BC editors with, among other things, installments of a major new historical work, Where Mountains Meet the Sea: The History of Coastal BC.
The redevelopment of KnowBC.com has succeeded in making the website an essential resource for the province’s educational institutions, and represents a commitment to teaching our children their own unique local history, culture and geography. To confirm your school or library’s membership, please visit www.knowbc.com. For technical inquiries, please email email@example.com.
ERAC is a member based association of BC public school districts and many independent schools. ERAC evaluates resources such as novels, educational software and print, and shares the results with its members through its online collection.
KnowBC.com is also available for subscription by individuals. With reference books valuing nearly $300 in printed form, and more information added regularly, KnowBC.com is an affordable and convenient medium for accessing this expansive collection. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1.800.667.2988 to subscribe.