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GoldenEagle’s Powerful Novel on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Shortlisted for two Saskatchewan Book Awards

Posted: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 5:51pm

The Saskatchewan Book Awards have announced that Bone Black, written by Carol Rose GoldenEagle, has been named a finalist for two awards: the Rasmussen & Co. Indigenous Peoples’ Writing Book Award, and the Muslims for Peace and Justice Fiction Book Award.

Bone Black is a powerful and incisive narrative that meditates on justice and revenge. After Wren StrongEagle’s twin sister Raven mysteriously disappears one evening, Wren is devastated—and angry. When Wren’s missing persons report is dismissed and the Canadian Government, RCMP and local police do infuriatingly little to solve her sister’s case, or the countless other cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women in the country, Wren decides it is time to take justice into her own hands. What follows is a thrilling and evocative story, and a penetrating social critique into prescient issues faced by Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA in Canada today. On being shortlisted, GoldenEagle says, “It is important that the voices, prayers and stories of Indigenous women be heard. The connection to spirit within this writing holds that hope.”

Carol Rose GoldenEagle (Osawa Mikisew Iskwew) is Cree and Dene with roots in Sandy Bay, Saskatchewan, and an acclaimed journalist and writer. In 2009 she won the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for her literary and journalistic achievements. Her poetry and short fiction have been included in several anthologies and she has published two previous books, Bearskin Diary (Nightwood, 2015), which won the 2017 Aboriginal Literature Award, the 2017 First Nation Communities READ Award and was shortlisted for the 2016 Saskatchewan Book Awards in the Fiction Book Award category, and Hiraeth (Inanna Poetry and Fiction Series, 2018), a finalist for the 2019 Rasmussen, Rasmussen and Charowsky Indigenous Peoples' Writing Award. She lives in Regina Beach, Saskatchewan.

The Saskatchewan Book Awards were established by the Saskatchewan Library Association, the Saskatchewan Publishers Group and the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild. Since 1993, the Saskatchewan Book Awards have been recognizing and celebrating excellence in writing and publishing in 13 different categories. The winners, who will receive $2000, will be announced at the 2020 Saskatchewan Book Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina.


Homage to the Sierra Club of BC Shortlisted for the George Ryga Award

Posted: Monday, February 10, 2020 at 12:30pm


The George Ryga award for social awareness shortlist has been announced, and Diane Pinch’s non-fiction homage to the Sierra Club of BC, Passion and Persistence: Fifty Years of the Sierra Club in British Columbia, has been named as a finalist. Initiated by The George Ryga Society, B.C. BookWorld, CBC Radio (Kelowna) and Okanagan College in 2004, the annual Ryga Award is given to a B.C. writer who has achieved an outstanding degree of social awareness in their book. The winner, who will receive $2500, will be celebrated at a ceremony at the Vancouver Public Library on June 25, 2020.

Passion and Persistence provides a captivating overview of the lasting impact the Sierra Club of BC has had in all of Canada. Replete with first-hand accounts, maps and photos, this book is a heartfelt in-depth look at environmentalism in Western Canada through the years, from the perspective of one of the most influential groups in operation. Diane Pinch evokes the Sierra Club’s philosophy of “passion and persistence” while gracefully presenting this important local history of political activism.

Diane Pinch is a retired psychologist and long-time volunteer with Sierra Club BC. She has spent the last five years digging through the archives and interviewing colourful and charismatic Sierra Club BC members to put together a faithful narration of the challenges and successes the club has faced over the last fifty years. She writes, “I am thrilled and honoured to be shortlisted for this award. My hope is that by documenting what BC environmentalists have accomplished over the past fifty years that others, especially our youth, will be inspired to continue the battle to protect our special planet with passion and persistence. Being one of the finalists helps to validate the relevance of this book.” She lives in Victoria, BC.


Award-winning BC Author-Illustrator Duo Nominated for Jeanne Clarke Award

Posted: Friday, January 31, 2020 at 4:12pm

The Prince George Public Library Board has announced that Voices from the Skeena (Harbour Publishing, $29.95), by Victoria author Robert “Lucky” Budd and Northern BC author Roy Henry Vickers, has been nominated for the 35th annual Jeanne Clarke Local History Award.

The award is presented annually to individuals or groups for outstanding contributions in the preservation and promotion of local and regional history. The awards reception will take place at the Central BC Railway and Forestry Museum on Sunday, February 23.

Voices from the Skeena takes readers on a journey inspired directly by the people who lived along the Skeena River. The Skeena, second longest river in the province, remains an icon of British Columbia’s northwest. Called Xsien (“water of the clouds”) by the Tsimshian and Gitksan, it has always played a vital role in the lives of Indigenous people of the region. Since the 1800s, it has also become home to gold seekers, traders, salmon fishers and other settlers who were drawn by the area’s beauty and abundant natural resources. Combining forty vivid and evocative illustrations with text selected from pioneer interviews recorded by CBC radio producer Imbert Orchard in the 1960s, the book follows the arrival of the Europeans and the introduction of the fur trade to the Omineca gold rush and the building of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway.

Budd was also recently honoured by the University of Victoria with a Distinguished Alumni Award. Budd completed a Masters in History in 2005 and now works as an author and oral historian. Vickers is an acclaimed artist known for his striking prints of West Coast landscapes. He runs an artist-owned gallery in Tofino, BC, where--if you’re lucky--you can find him telling stories around the centre pit. He lives in Hazelton, BC. Vickers and Budd have collaborated on many award-winning books over the years, including Raven Brings the Light (Harbour Publishing, $19.95) and the First West Coast Books series for children.

A big congratulations to Robert Budd and Roy Henry Vickers!


Spring 2020 Books Part II!

Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 11:28am

It’s January 2020 and that means we have a bevy of new and exciting books coming your way! Delve into stories about British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, from picture books to memoirs to field guides, poetry, essays and more. Keep reading to learn about some of our upcoming books… and check out Part I here!

Step into Wilderness: A Pictorial History of Outdoor Exploration In and Around the Comox Valley is a beautiful collection of photographs that depict the spectacular landscapes around Vancouver Island’s Comox Valley—but more than just beauty, this collection offers insight into our relationship with nature. These photographs, and the accompanying accounts of individuals surviving and thriving in the midst of natural beauty, illustrate a community’s evolving relationship with the natural wonders surrounding it, as well as the emergence of outdoor exploration on Vancouver Island. 

Nick Raeside’s memoir Slashburner: Hot Times in the British Columbia Woods is a lively, hair-raising memoir about working in the BC logging industry back in the days when anything went. Raeside recounts many hilarious anecdotes from his career in the BC woods during the 1970s, '80s and '90s. He worked as a forest firefighter for a time, but discovered he was more interested in starting fires than putting them out, and found his calling in slashburning. Including thirty colour photos that prove it actually did all happen, Slashburner is the first book to take readers beneath the smoke cloud to find out what really takes place on a slashburn. 

First published in 2006, Chainsaws: A History is an award-winning book that will captivate all machine enthusiasts, even if they’ve never held a chainsaw in their hands. Hundreds of full-colour photographs and fascinating ephemera, combined with an authoritative text listing chainsaw models from the 1800s to the present, make this book a handsome gift and an indispensable reference for anyone with an interest in chainsaws or technology. 

Featuring hilarious, horrible and heartwarming true stories, A Paramedic’s Tales is an uncensored look at the life of a first responder—and what really happens behind closed ambulance doors. Graeme Taylor, who worked as a paramedic for twenty-one years in Vancouver’s Lower Mainland, the BC Interior and Victoria, shares true stories that are both gritty and uncensored, yet the compassion and courage of co-workers, patients and strangers shine through the gore.

A new collection of poetry by celebrated poet Tom Wayman contemplates how to live in a fractious time. Watching a Man Break a Dog’s Back explores the question of how to live in a natural landscape that offers beauty even as it is being consumed by industry. The poet brings the perspective of age to our current troubled existence, and reminds us that as a society and as individuals we’ve faced perilous times before; our shared mortality links us more than circumstances and politics divide us.

From Nightwood Editions comes a myriad of wonderful new works. Body Count is a collection of poetry by acclaimed poet Kyla Jamieson that explores the poet’s concussion and post-concussion syndrome. Jamieson’s poems use plain language to journey through dreamscapes and pain states in search of a new understanding of self and worth. Body Count is about the toll illness takes, but it is also an insistence that the body, and somatic ways of knowing, count. Birding in the Glass Age of Isolation, poetry by Curtis LeBlanc, explores the experience and greater social implications of mental illness, specifically OCD and Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder. It asks: how does anxiety inform how we act and how we interpret those actions afterwards? Yusuf Saadi’s collection of poetry, Pluviophile, is a poetic rumination on where language originates and what value the sacred retains in a shifting postmodern landscape. Jean Marc Ah-Sen's In the Beggarly Style of Imitation, a collection of short form pieces—including essays, short stories, aphorisms and an epistolary chapter—explores the lengths and limits of imitation. Equal parts tribute to the historical genesis of the novel and the well-trodden subject of love, the exercises of imitation contained in this collection offer a brief survey through the illustrious forms and genres of literary expression.

Make sure to stay tuned to hear more about our upcoming spring books! Keep an eye on our events calendar to check out exciting events near you, and join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter!


Spring 2020 Books Coming Soon!

Posted: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 2:55pm

It’s January 2020 and that means we have a bevy of new and exciting books coming your way! Delve into stories about British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, from picture books to memoirs to field guides, poetry, essays and more. Keep reading to learn about our upcoming books… and stay tuned for part II!

A moving personal and journalistic account of wildfire season in BC, Claudia Cornwall’s British Columbia in Flames: Stories from a Blazing Summer presents stories from communities across the province that were affected by the fires of 2017. This memoir highlights the strength with which communities can and will come together to face a terrifying force of nature. Moving back in time, On the Cusp of Contact: Gender, Space and Race in the West, a collection of seventeen essays by the award-winning historian Jean Barman, pieces together stories of individuals and groups disadvantaged in white settler society because of their gender, race and/or social class. The essays in this collection include fascinating, though largely forgotten, life stories of the frontier—that space between contact and settlement, where, for a brief moment, anything seemed possible. 

For the life-long learners out there, we have some wonderful field guides and guide books coming soon! Learn about the importance of seeds in Saving Seeds: A Home Gardener’s Guide to Preserving Plant Biodiversity, a wonderfully compact garden guide and environmental manifesto by local author Dan Jason. If you’re curious about critters, check out Greg Jensen’s Field Guide to Crabs of the Pacific Northwest—a richly illustrated folding guide to over thirty species of crabs and hermit crabs from Oregon to BC. Budding paleontologist? You’ll fall in love with A Field Guide to Fossils by paleontologist and professor W. Scott Persons IV. From dinosaur bones to petrified wood, primordial seashells to archaic oddballs, this handy field guide makes identification of fossils a cinch!  

Also by Dr. W. Scott Persons IV is Mega Rex, a non-fiction book for kids ages eight to fourteen. Journey into the prehistoric world of dinosaurs and discover what it was like to excavate the skeleton 'Scotty,' the world's largest and longest T. rex ever discovered. Dr. Persons distills this research, plus thrilling details about the discovery of Scotty and the lives of tyrannosaurs, into this exciting illustrated account. 

Younger readers (ages three to five) will be captivated by The Great Grizzlies Go Home, from acclaimed artist and illustrator Judy Hilgemann. When two curious young grizzly bears go on a very long swim far from their usual home in the Great Bear Rainforest, they discover all sorts of exciting things. This hardcover picture book tells the story of the bears’ adventurous journey, ending in their safe relocation back to the mainland, all the while packing in bear safety tips and presenting a beautiful story that will enchant the imagination of readers young and old.  

From acclaimed Indigenous storyteller Joseph A. Dandurand comes a charming tale of the Sasquatch, spirit of the great cedar forest. The Sasquatch, the Fire and the Cedar Baskets, published by Nightwood Editions, will thrill those ages six to eight with its beautiful illustrations by Dionne Paul and its sweet story of a young Sasquatch falling in love and building a family.

For the youngest among us (ages zero to two), check out Raven Squawk, Orca Squeak from the dynamic (and highly acclaimed!) duo, Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd. In this fourth installment of the bestselling First West Coast Book series, sounds of the West Coast are paired with gorgeous glossy illustrations. From the roar of sea lions to the creak and rustle of cedar branches in the wind to the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean, this board book will delight the very youngest readers.

Stay tuned to hear more about our spring 2020 books! Keep an eye on our events calendar to check out exciting events near you, and join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter!


Laisha Rosnau Shortlisted for Prestigious Book Prize

Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 4:04pm

We are thrilled to announce that Laisha Rosnau’s poetry collection, Our Familiar Hunger, has been shortlisted for the 2020 Kobzar Book Award!

In its exploration of the lives of Eastern European women, Our Familiar Hunger tests and confirms the will, struggle and fortitude of generations of women, both contemporary and historical. The poems shift in time and place, moving from the Russian Revolution to Holodomor, the massive state-imposed famine in Ukraine, to early Ukrainian immigration to Canada and later, prisoner camps across Canada during the First World War. The collection explores different types of hunger—and what it means to be hungry, whether that be literal hunger for sustenance, sexual hunger and desire, or hunger for love. These poems are the fractured reality of trickle-down inheritance, studies of the epigenetic grief we carry and the myriad ways our grief interferes with or interprets our best attempts.

Laisha Rosnau is the author of The Sudden Weight of Snow, which received an honourable mention for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Rosnau’s first collection of poetry, Notes on Leaving, won the 2005 Acorn-Plantos People’s Poetry Award. Her second, Lousy Explorers, was a finalist for the Pat Lowther Award for best book of poetry by a Canadian woman. Our Familiar Hunger was the winner of the 2019 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.

The Kobzar Book Award is presented biennially to Canadian authors who explore the Ukrainian Canadian experience in their work, whether that be literary non-fiction, poetry, young readers literature, play, screenplay or musical. The other shortlisted authors are Alex Leslie for We All Need to Eat (Book*hug Press), David Demchuk for The Bone Mother (ChiZine Publications), John Paskievich for The North End Revisited (University of Manitoba Press) and Sandra Semchuk for The Stories Were Not Told: Canada’s First World War Internment Camps (University of Alberta Press). The winner will be announced at a celebration event on Thursday, March 12, 2020 in Toronto.


Sockeye Silver, Saltchuck Blue Wins Moonbeam Children's Award

Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 2:34pm

A huge congratulations to Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd! Their book, Sockeye Silver, Saltchuck Blue has won a Gold medal in the 2019 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards in the board books category. Sockeye Silver, Saltchuck Blue has been a perennial favourite on the BC bestseller list and the Canadian bestseller list since it came out in May 2019. The Moonbeam Children’s Awards are designed to bring increased recognition to exemplary children's books and their creators, and to support childhood literacy and life-long reading. Again, congratulations to these wonderful authors!

With vibrant illustrations and a glossy tactile finish, Sockeye Silver, Saltchuck Blue introduces babies and toddlers to a kaleidoscope of colours and the rhythm of changing seasons on the West Coast. This sturdy board book follows the shifting spectrum of the Pacific Northwest including the quiet grey rain of winter, the verdant growth of spring, the jewel red tones of tart summer huckleberries and the shimmering scales of a spawning sockeye salmon as it turns from silver to red in fall.


Rum Running Author Wins Big!

Posted: Friday, September 6, 2019 at 11:40am

It’s been a banner year for Vancouver Island writer Rick James, author of Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ No How: The Real Story of West Coast Rum Running.

James used first-hand accounts of old-time rum-runners, newspaper coverage of the day, and many archival photographs to create Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ No How, a thoroughly researched and lively history that explains what really went down along the West Coast during the American “Noble Experiment” of Prohibition.

The book has just been proclaimed the winner of the Keith Matthews Award for a Book Deserving Special Recognition, which is administered by the Canadian Nautical Research Society (CNRS), and received a gold medal in the History category of the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards. The Independent Publisher Book Awards is open to authors published across North America. Earlier this year, Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ No How was also shortlisted for the Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Book published in British Columbia.

Rick James is a writer, maritime historian and photographer whose work has been published in numerous periodicals including Canada’s History Magazine, Pacific Yachting and Western Mariner. He is also the author of the bestselling book Raincoast Chronicles 21: West Coast Wrecks and Other Maritime Tales. Many people recognize him from his role in The Sea Hunters episode, “Malahat: Queen of the Rum Runners,” which aired on Canada’s History channel. He lives in Royston, BC.


John Baldwin chosen as the 2019 Mountain Guides Ball Patron

Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 4:52pm

Congratulations to John Baldwin for being chosen as the 2019 Mountain Guides Ball Patron by the Alpine Club of Canada! Over the past forty years he has completed numerous first ascents and pioneered many remote long ski traverses. His connection with the mountains of BC is evident in “the sublime photography and thoughtfully written essays and personal impressions expressed in his two coffee table books, Mountains of the Coast (Harbour 1999) and Soul of Wilderness (2015), co-written with his wife, Linda Bily. Baldwin's passion and reverence for the beauty and the magic of high, wild glaciated landscapes illuminate the peace and the powerful emotions found in those experiences.” (Pique News Magazine).

The 2019 Mountain Guides Ball takes place on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Rimrock Hotel in Banff. 


Bec & Call Wins a New Brunswick Book Award

Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 1:49pm

Nightwood Editions is pleased to announce that Jenna Lyn Albert has been awarded the The Fiddlehead Poetry Book Prize for her debut poetry collection, Bec & Call (Nightwood Editions).

The New Brunswick Book Awards are the result of collaboration between Canada's oldest literary magazine, The Fiddlehead, which has nurtured New Brunswick's literary culture for close to 75 years, and the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick, which for over 30 years has passionately supported the development of home-grown writers at all stages of development. 

Earlier this year, Albert was appointed as the City of Fredericton's next poet laureate. She started on January 28 and will serve for a two-year term. She is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick and holds a master’s degree in English (Creative Writing) and an undergraduate degree in English. Her writing has appeared in The Malahat Review, Riddle Fence and The Puritan.

Her award-winning collection, Bec & Call, is rife with colloquialisms, irony and a healthy dose of sass. Her poems refuse to be silent or subtle; instead they delve into the explicit, the audacious, the boldly personal. The roles of Acadienne and feminist come with the responsibility of speaking up, and Albert’s work in Bec & Call vocalizes the societal dérangement of Acadian culture amidst the accruing difficulties women encounter as a result of rape culture and misogyny.

The winners of the New Brunswick Book Awards were announced at an awards presentation ceremony on Saturday, May 25, at the Moncton Press Club.


Laisha Rosnau wins BC Book Prize for her poetry collection, Our Familiar Hunger

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 10:13am

/covers/medium/0889713448.jpgNightwood Editions is pleased to announce that Laisha Rosnau has won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize for her 2018 collection, Our Familiar Hunger ($18.95). 

The Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize is one of seven BC Book Prizes, which are awarded annually and were founded to recognize and promote the achievements of the book community in British Columbia and the Yukon. All of the awards carry a cash prize of $2,000 plus a certificate. This year’s winners were announced at an awards gala in Vancouver on May 11, 2019.

Our Familiar Hunger is a book about the strength, will, struggle and fortitude of generations of women and how those relationships and shared knowledge interact, inform, transform and burden. These poems are memories of reclaimed history and attempts at starting over in a new place. They are the fractured reality of trickle-down inheritance, studies of the epigenetic grief we carry and the myriad ways that interferes or interprets our best attempts.

Laisha Rosnau is the author of The Sudden Weight of Snow, which received an honourable mention for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Rosnau’s first collection of poetry, Notes on Leaving, won the 2005 Acorn-Plantos People’s Poetry Award. Her second, Lousy Explorers, was a finalist for the Pat Lowther Award for best book of poetry by a Canadian woman. 


Rod Mickleburgh Wins The George Ryga Award for Social Awareness

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 12:43pm

Rod Mickleburgh has won The George Ryga Award for Social Awareness for his book, On the Line: A History of the British Columbia Labour Movement (Harbour $44.95). The award will be presented in Victoria—at 1 pm on Saturday, April 27th—at the sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Library branch, 385 Menzies Street.

The City of Vancouver will simultaneously honour Rod Mickleburgh with its proclamation of Author Appreciation Day.

Mickleburgh, formerly a labour reporter for both the Vancouver Sun and Province and a senior writer for The Globe and Mail, has documented the broad historical sweep of what has been Canada’s most volatile and progressive provincial labour force, re-educating British Columbians to why unions are essential for a progressive society.

The story begins back in 1849 when Scottish labourers went on strike to protest barbaric working conditions at B.C.’s first coal mine at Fort Rupert on Vancouver Island.

Mickleburgh’s On the Line: A History of the British Columbia Labour Movement revisits most of the major labour struggles since then. Mickleburgh’s account of how unionists achieved the five-day work week, the eight-hour day, paid holidays, the right to a safe, non-discriminatory workplace and many more now-taken-for-granted features rights continues into the second decade of the 21st century to recount the successful campaign led by the B.C. Teacher’s Federation (BCTF) to improve classroom conditions and class sizes.

During his long career, Rod Mickleburgh has worked for the Penticton Herald, Prince George Citizen, Vernon News and CBC TV, in addition to the Sun, Province and Globe and Mail. In 1992 he was nominated for a National Newspaper Award; in 1993, he was a co-winner, with André Picard, of the Michener Award.

Mickleburgh’s first book was Rare Courage: Veterans of the Second World War Remember (M&S 2005), a collection of 20 memoirs profiling Canadian veterans of World War II (with Rudyard Griffiths, executive director of the Dominion Institute) and he earned the 2013 Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize for (Harbour 2012), co-authored with Geoff Meggs.

The two runners-up for the Ryga Prize this year are Chelene Knight for her second book, Dear Current Occupant (Book Thug) and Sarah Cox for Breaching the Peace: The Site C Dam and a Valley’s Stand Against Big Hydro (On Point Press).

Files from ABC Bookworld.


One Eagle Soaring shortlisted for The BC Book Prizes

Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 3:19pm

One Eagle Soaring, by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd, has been announced by the West Coast Book Prize Society as a finalist for the 2019 Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award.

The BC Book Prizes, established in 1985, celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers. The seven Prizes are presented annually at the BC Book Prizes Gala in the spring. The Prizes are administered and awarded by members of a non-profit society who represent all facets of the publishing and writing community.

A “first numbers” book, One Eagle Soaring explores counting and numbers with the help of West Coast animals—from a single eagle aloft, to a trio of swimming whales, as well as leaping frogs, honey-hungry bears and a group of ten dozing owls. Combining vivid illustrations, a glossy tactile finish and a simple yet catchy text, this sturdy board book introduces babies and toddlers to the spectacular scenery and wildlife of British Columbia.

Robert (Lucky) Budd is the co-author of the Northwest Coast Legends series and the author of Voices of British Columbia, which was shortlisted for the 2011 Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award, and its sequel, Echoes of British Columbia, which won second prize in the BC Historical Federation’s writing competition in 2014.

Roy Henry Vickers is a renowned carver, painter and printmaker. He is the co-author of the popular children’s Northwest Coast Legends series, all of which were shortlisted for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award: Raven Brings the Light in 2014, Cloudwalker in 2015, Orca Chief in 2016 and Peace Dancer in 2017.

The other finalists for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award are Bob Joseph for 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act (Page Two Strategies), Robert Amos for E.J. Hughes Paints Vancouver Island (TouchWood Editions), Darrel J. McLeod for Mamaskatch (Douglas & McIntyre) and Eve Lazarus  for Murder by Milkshake (Arsenal Pulp Press). The winners will be announced at the BC Book Prizes Gala on Saturday the 11th of May, 2019, at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront in Vancouver.


Patrick Lane 1939-2019

Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 5:33pm

One of Harbour Publishing’s foundational writers, Patrick Lane, passed away after a long illness in the early hours of March, 7, 2019, 19 days short of his 80th birthday. Pat’s first book with Harbour, and one of the first books published by the press, was Unborn Things: South American Poems, which he and Howard White hand-printed in the original Harbour print shop in Pender Harbour in 1975. Lane had moved to nearby Middlepoint in order to work on the early issues of Raincoast Chronicles and although he only wrote one article for the journal, on pelagic sealing, he often credited it for getting him started in prose writing. He later went on to write two acclaimed novels Red Dog, Red Dog and Deep River Night, as well as the memoir There Is a Season, for which he won the 2005 BC Award for Non Fiction.

Pat was born on March 26, 1939 in the Kootenay mountain town of Sheep Creek, near Nelson, and grew up in the BC Interior, primarily in Vernon. He left school to work as a labourer, fruit picker and truck driver, later becoming a first-aid man because it paid an additional l5 cents per hour. In the North Thompson mill town of Avola, with 150 people, he worked in the sawmill and sometimes dealt with grisly injuries, which he later memorialized in equally grisly poems. It was one of the bleakest periods of his life, but one he returned to repeatedly in his long and distinguished literary career, particularly in his final novel, Deep River Night.

As a poet Pat won virtually every major award open to Canadian writers and came to be recognized as one of the leading Canadian poets of his time. His latest distinction was the 2019 George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award, given for an outstanding literary career in British Columbia. He was a wonderful, vital person and a true friend. Harbour extends its deepest sympathy to his wife Lorna Crozier, his five children and many grandchildren.

Patrick Lane titles with Harbour:

  • Unborn Things: South American Poems. Madeira Park, BC: Harbour, 1975.
  • Albino Pheasants. Madeira Park, BC: Harbour, 1977.
  • Too Spare, Too Fierce. Madeira Park, BC: Harbour, 1995.
  • The Bare Plum of Winter Rain. Madeira Park, BC: Harbour, 2000.
  • Go Leaving Strange, Poems, Madeira Park, BC: Harbour, 2004
  • Last Water Song, Madeira Park, BC: Harbour, 2007.
  • Witness: Selected Poems 1970-2010. Madeira Park, BC: Harbour, 2010.
  • The Collected Poems of Patrick Lane. Madeira Park, BC: Harbour, 2011.
    Edited with an introduction by Russell Morton Brown and Donna Bennett, with an Afterword by Nicholas Bradley.
  • Washita: New Poems. Madeira Park, BC: Harbour, 2014.

With files from ABC Bookworld. Thanks to Alan Twigg.


In Memorium: Edith Iglauer

Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 11:47am

It is with profound sadness we note the passing of author Edith Iglauer, who died in Sechelt Hospital on Feb. 13, 2019. Edith published five books with Harbour: Seven Stones: A Portrait of Arthur Erickson, Architect (1981); Fishing with John (1988); Dennison’s Ice Road (1991); The Strangers Next Door (1991); and Inuit Journey: The Co-operative Adventure in Canada’s North (2000.)

Born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 10, 1917, Edith Iglauer grew up in a comfortably well-off Cleveland family. She began selling her articles to newspapers in her hometown while she attended the School of Journalism at Columbia University. She married writer/editor Philip Hamburger and raised two sons in New York. One is Jay Hamburger, artistic director for Theatre in the Raw in Vancouver; the other is Richard Hamburger, a teacher and director of theatre in New York City.

As a frequent contributor to the New Yorker, Iglauer chiefly wrote about Canada. Her first book, The New People (1966, reprinted and updated as Inuit Journey in 1979 and 2000), chronicled the growth of Indigenous people's cooperatives in the eastern Arctic.

Divorced in 1966, she first came to Vancouver in 1973 for an assignment to write about fishing. She subsequently met and married John Heywood Daly, a sophisticated but overtly rough-hewn commercial salmon troller. She moved to his home at Garden Bay (part of Pender Harbour) on the B.C. coast in 1974 but he died in 1978.

After writing Seven Stones: A Portrait of Arthur Erickson, Architect (1981), Edith Iglauer Daly began recording her memories of her late husband and his salmon troller. The result was Fishing with John, a bestseller and nominee for the 1989 Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction. It recounts how Iglauer left New York to live with an iconoclastic fisherman as a "fishwife" aboard the Morekelp. Yes, there are fish. But readers were intrigued to learn about how John Daly always turned off the engine every afternoon to listen to classical music on CBC.

Acclaimed by Publishers Weekly as "superb", excerpted by Saturday Night and the New Yorker, Fishing With John was intended to serve as a scrupulous celebration of commercial fishing, not a depiction of true-life romance. But the soul of the book turned out to be the Shakespeare-loving trade unionist John Daly. "What I hate more than anything," Daly says "are polite arseholes who' agree. That's the road to destruction of mental protein. I believe in struggle -and that physical and moral softness is death, and that we human beings can do anything."

Fishing With John became the basis for a Hallmark movie, Navigating the Heart (2000), starring one of the former Charlie's Angels, Jaclyn Smith. During the making of the made-for-TV movie, Jaclyn Smith, the actor once voted the most beautiful woman in the world, received an autographed copy of Edith Iglauer's West Coast memoir from the author. "It was interesting to see myself portrayed by someone younger and more beautiful than I am,"; Iglauer laughed. "I hope the movie is reasonably honest about fishing... About the only criticism I could make is that the actors weren't dirty enough. They didn't have blood all over themselves!"

Retaining her surname Iglauer for publication purposes, Edith Iglauer Daly released a collection of shorter works gleaned from her career in journalism, The Strangers Next Door (1991), having profiled Pierre Trudeau in 1969 and internationally known architect Arthur Erickson in 1979. An original manuscript of her travels in northern Canada, Denison's Ice Road (1991) is about the building of a 325-mile winter road above the Arctic Circle.

After marrying Frank White, father of Harbour Publishing publisher Howard White, Edith Iglauer Daly White received her doctor of laws degree, honoris causa, from the University of Victoria on November 15, 2006, to celebrate her sixty years of writing as a journalist and author. "I started writing when I was a small girl, and I still write because I can't stop writing," she said. "... I can't emphasize enough the importance of good teaching at an early age."

Lynne Van Luven, as acting chair of the UVic's writing department, emphasized Edith's amazing work as a journalist over the past decades in her citation: "Edith has always been attracted to ground-breaking stories, whether they involved laying the foundations of the World Trade Centre... the building of an ice road in the Arctic, the making of a prime minister or the thinking of a West Coast fisherman. She maintains that journalists are the watchdogs of democracy; she believes in the power of the 'still small voice of truth.'"

Iglauer and Frank White continued to live together in Garden Bay until his death in 2015, during which time White published two volumes of autobiography, the second volume of which describes their unlikely union and their impressive world-wide travels, which lasted into their nineties. As a 100-year-old former truck driver, logger, gas station operator, "excavationist" and waterworks technician, Frank White released a follow-up to his first book, Milk Spills and One-Log Loads: Memories of a Pioneer Truck Driver (Harbour 2014). He was accompanied to the book launch for the second volume of his memoirs, That Went By Fast (Harbour 2015) by his 97-years-young wife, Edith Iglauer. White was 101 when he died in October, 2015. When Edith died on Wednesday she was also 101.

(With files from Thanks to Alan Twigg.)


Donna Kane and Aaron Williams nominated for Jeanne Clarke Award

Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 10:11am

Congratulations to Donna Kane, author of Summer of the Horse, and Aaron Williams, author of Chasing Smoke, for being nominated for the Jeanne Clarke Award.

The Jeanne Clarke Award is presented annually by the Prince George Public Library to individuals or groups for outstanding contributions in the preservation and promotion of local history in the categories of Publication and Service. The 34th annual Jeanne Clarke Local History Awards Reception will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 7:00pm (Bob Harkins Branch, Downtown, 888 Canada Games Way). Visit their website for more information.


Jenna Lyn Albert Appointed Fredericton's Next Poet Laureate

Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 3:01pm

Nightwood Editions author Jenna Lyn Albert has been appointed as the City of Fredericton's next poet laureate. She will serve for a two-year term starting January 28, 2019.

Albert is an active member in Fredericton’s creative scene. She is a member of The Fiddlehead magazine’s editorial board, a first reader of poetry submissions for Goose Lane Editions, and has a variety of work and volunteer experience in the literary community including, The UNB Reading Series, the New Brunswick Book Awards, and QWERTY magazine. She is also a graduate of the University of New Brunswick. She holds a master’s degree in English (Creative Writing) and an undergraduate degree in English. Her writing has appeared in The Malahat Review, Riddle Fence and The Puritan.

Albert’s debut poetry collection, Bec & Call, is rife with colloquialisms, irony and a healthy dose of sass. Her poems refuse to be silent or subtle; instead they delve into the explicit, the audacious, the boldly personal. The roles of Acadienne and feminist come with the responsibility of speaking up, and Albert’s work in Bec & Call vocalizes the societal dérangement of Acadian culture amidst the accruing difficulties women encounter as a result of rape culture and misogyny.

Albert has proposed numerous initiatives for public engagement over her two-year tenure, including a bi-weekly poetry podcast featuring local poets, booksellers and artists, a downtown poetry tour, poems of the week, and free poetry workshops. Details on these and other projects will be released at a later date.

The Poet Laureate position (formerly known as Cultural Laureate) was established in 2016 and was an action item of the Fredericton’s Culture Plan, adopted in 2014. The roles and responsibilities of the position include engaging with the community through activities, programs, and events, both traditional and innovative, to demonstrate the power of the arts to inspire, influence, and inform.


Harbour Publishing author and sportswriter Jim Taylor passes away

Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 10:33am
With sorrow we report that veteran sportswriter and Harbour Publishing author Jim Taylor passed away on the morning of January 7, 2019, at the age of 82.
Jim Taylor was one of  Canada’s most entertaining sportswriter, with a writing career that spanned more than six decades. Name any memorable event—from Canada-Russia 1972 to Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion tour—or any famous name from Wayne Gretzky to Muhammad Ali to the San Diego Chicken, and Jim Taylor was there giving his insightful, witty and occasionally sceptical take on the subject.

As Taylor wrote, “when sport makes instant millionaires out of kids who can hit a ball or a puck with a stick or stuff a leather balloon through a fishnet, what’s not to laugh?” 
Beginning his career at Victoria's Daily Colonist as a high schooler, Jim Taylor produced some 7,500 sports columns, three times as many radio shows and more than a dozen books. His passion earned him membership in the CFL and BC Sports Halls of Fame and a lifetime achievement award from Sports Media Canada.  He will be deeply missed by everyone at Harbour Publishing.