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Harbour Authors at WORD Vancouver

Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 11:48am

Join us this Sunday September 27th at WORD Vancouver! We are pleased to announce the following fantastic authors: Arthur Black Paint the Town Black, Robert "Lucky" Budd Orca Chief, John Pass Forecast, Matt Rader What I Want To Tell Goes Like This, Raoul Fernandes Transmitter and Receiver and Caroline Woodward Light Years.

Here's the rundown:

Matt Rader will be reading from What I Want to Tell Goes Like This at 11:30am (CUPE Stage TK)

Robert "Lucky" Budd will be reading from Orca Chief at 12:30pm (Kids’ Words, Library Square)

Raoul Fernandes will be reading from Transmitter and Receiver at 1:15pm (Poetry On The Bus (Homer Street).

Arthur Black will read from Paint the Town Black at 1:50pm (Alma VanDusen Room, Vancouver Public Library, 350 W Georgia Street)

Caroline Woodward will give a presentation on Light Years at 2:30pm (Peter Kaye Room, Vancouver Public Library, 350 W Georgia Street)

John Pass will read from his new book of poetry Forecast at Poetry On The Bus at 4:15pm  (Homer Street).

Plus we will be having sales on selected back list titles at our exclusive BOOK COOP!
Come visit us next to Poetry on the Bus at the Independent Publishers tent (T3).
Don't forget to enter our free raffle for a chance to win our Local, Fun and Fresh Prize Pack, valued at $135!

Please note: All performing Harbour Publishing authors' most recent books will be available at the official bookseller's table next to the venues, courtesy of 32 Books.



Caroline Woodward on Tour!

Posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 11:53pm

Eight years ago, Caroline Woodward made a life-changing decision to become a lighthouse keeper on Canada’s wild west coast. Her new book, Light Years: Memoir of a Modern Lighthouse Keeper, describes both the delights and challenges that followed.

Caroline is now touring BC to promote Light Years and is bringing her adventures to a location near you! Her stunning slide show presentation, which features photography by her husband and fellow lightkeeper, Jeff George, illustrates the wild beauty of life on the coast, as well as describes the ordeals and routines that lighthouse keepers face every day.

  • September 17 – Parksville: Mulberry Bush Bookstore (book signing only), 2:30pm
  • September 17 – Courtenay: Courtenay Library (with Laughing Oyster Bookshop), 6:30pm
  • September 20 – Victoria: Bard & Banker (with Munro’s Books), 5:30pm
  • September 23 – Kelowna: Mosaic Books (book signing only), 10 am
  • September 23 – Nakusp: Nakusp Library, 7pm
  • September 24 – Nelson: Nelson Library (with Otter Books), 7pm
  • September 25 – New Denver: Bosun Hall (with Raven’s Nest Books), 7pm
  • September 27 – Vancouver: Word Vancouver Festival, 2:30pm
  • September 28 – Vancouver: Book Warehouse on Main Street, 7pm
  • September 30 – Campbell River: Maritime Heritage Centre (with Coho Books), 7pm
  • October 1 – Duncan: Volume One Books (book signing only), 1pm
  • October 23 – Tofino: Clayoquot Sound Theatre (with Mermaid Tales), 7:30pm
  • October 24 – Ucluelet: Ucluelet Community Centre (with Blackberry Market), 7:30pm
  • October 25 – Tofino: Main Street Gallery (writing workshop with Caroline Woodward), 10am

For more information about the events, please visit our Events Calendar!


KnowBC 2015 Updates

Posted: Friday, July 24, 2015 at 5:26pm

Harbour Publishing and Educational Resource Acquisition Consortium (ERAC) have partnered, once again, to include in this year’s ERAC bundle. Member schools across British Columbia will have access to the new and expanded edition of KnowBC. 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, including Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest, The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names, Far West: The Story of British Columbia, Raincoast Chronicles 20: Lilies and Fireweed: Frontier Women of British Columbiaand Where Mountains Meet the Sea: The History of Coastal British Columbia.

Valuable insider information on the natural history of BC is also available through KnowBC’s Nature Guides, which feature a collection of field guides on a wide variety of topics including plant life, animals, wildlife and geography. The helpful guides are written by preeminent members of scientific fields of study, and provide photographic references alongside information such as scientific names, locations and other facts.

Harbour Publishing is proud to announce the 2015 updates to KnowBC, expanding the repertoire with new units on history, science, environmental studies and more. These include:

-       From the West Coast to the Western Front: British Columbians and the Great War

-       Tofino and Clayoquot Sound: A History

-       The Sea Among Us: The Amazing Strait of Georgia

The new additions join more than 10,000 existing entries and thousands of photos, maps, tables, charts, videos and audio clips. New and updated content is added to KnowBC weekly, and the online encyclopedia of marine life is maintained and kept current by marine naturalist Andy Lamb and underwater photographer Bernard P. Hanby. We continue to keep The Encyclopedia of British Columbia updated, and editor Daniel Francis’ blog focuses on all things British Columbia, joining the ranks of the ongoing KnowBC and Marine Life blogs. Resources for students include quizzes, fact pages and French language articles, while teachers can find curriculum-based resources such as lesson plans and handouts.

 “Our aim is to make KnowBC the main vehicle for delivering Harbour Publishing’s and Douglas & McIntyre’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

The redevelopment of 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 For technical inquiries, please email

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. is also available for subscription by individuals. With reference books valuing nearly $300 in printed form, and more information added regularly, is an affordable and convenient medium for accessing this expansive collection. Please email or call 1.800.667.2988 to subscribe.


Kayla Czaga named finalist for 2015 Debut-litzer Prize!

Posted: Friday, July 24, 2015 at 3:35pm
Debut author Kayla Czaga has garnered international recognition with her latest nomination! For Your Safety Please Hold On has been named a finalist for the 2015 Debut-litzer Prize. The submissions were carefully considered by eighteen volunteer readers whose decisions were made independent of Late Night Library’s staff and Board of Directors.

Winners will be announced in August and will be featured on the organization's podcast Late Night Conversation, and become literary judges on Late Night Debut.

Good Luck Kayla!


Rachel Rose Wins 2016 Pushcart Prize!

Posted: Friday, June 5, 2015 at 3:51pm

Vancouver Poet Laureate Rachel Rose has just won a 2016 Pushcart Prize for her poem, “White Lilies,” that will be appearing in Marry & Burn, her forthcoming collection from Harbour Publishing (2015). This is Rose's second Pushcart Prize— she is the recipient of a 2014 Pushcart Prize and was nominated for a second 2016 Pushcart Prize as well. "White Lilies" was nominated for the prize by PRISM international. The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses series has been published since 1976 and has represented hundreds of presses and thousands of writers of short stories, poetry and essays in their annual collections.

Rose's fourth collection, Marry & Burn, will be released in October 2015. It is a journey through a troubled relationship and a troubled city, charting the territory of love and addiction, and the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves. Inspired by struggles both personal and global, these are not gentle poems—they probe deep into comforting personal and cultural myths, rending them to pieces even as they expose the beauty in the bright shards that remain.

Rachel Rose's work has appeared in various journals including Poetry, The Malahat Review and The Best American Poetry, as well as numerous anthologies. Her most recent poetry collection, Song & Spectacle (Harbour, 2012) won the Audre Lorde Award in the US and the Pat Lowther Award in Canada. She was the librettist for the opera When the Sun Comes Out, which grapples with fundamentalism and forbidden love. She is the winner of the Peterson Memorial Prize for poetry and the Bronwen Wallace award for fiction. She is the Poet Laureate of Vancouver for 2014–2017.


Congratulations to Patrick Lane and Kayla Czaga

Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 5:22pm

Congratulations to Harbour author Patrick Lane and Nightwood Editions author Kayla Czaga who have just been announced winners of the League of Canadian Poets national poetry awards!

Patrick Lane won the Raymond Souster Award for Washita, his first collection of new work to be published in seven years. The Raymond Souster Award is given to a book of poetry by a League of Canadian Poets member published in the preceding year. The award honours the late Raymond Souster, an early founder of the LCP, and carries a $1,000 prize.

The judges (Micheline Maylor, Susan McMaster, and D.C. Reid) said that Lane’s Washita is “At times startling, at times soft with nostaligia, always attentive to language and image…. [it is] deeply moving and beautiful.”

Kayla Czaga's For Your Safety Please Hold On won the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award which is given in the memory of Gerald Lampert, an arts administrator who took a particular interest in the work of new writers. This award recognizes the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian in the preceeding year and also has a $1,000 prize.

The judges (Sonja Greckol, Charles Mountford and David Seymor) commmented that "Czaga unfulrs experience, observation and development with complexity and more than a little humour suspending a reader between this page's moment of assurance and the next moment's unsettling observation."


Harbour authors take home first and second prize at the B.C. Historical Writing Awards

Posted: May 24, 2015

Mark Forsythe and Greg Dickson have won first prize in the British Columbia Historical Federation's Historical Writing Awards for their book, From the West Coast to the Western Front: British Columbians and the Great War. They both received the B.C. Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Historical Writing at an awards ceremony in Quesnel on Saturday, May 23, as well as a $2,500 prize. Previous winners of this prestigious award include Jean Barman, Nancy Turner, Barry Gough, Jane Watt and Chuck Davis.

Robert Budd took home the second prize (worth $1,500) for his book, Echoes of British Columbia: Voices From the Frontier (Harbour Publishing, $35.00)

From the West Coast the Western Front was published to mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. In this compelling book, Forsythe, the former host of CBC Radio’s mid-day show BC Almanac, teamed up with Dickson to compile stories, artifacts and photos sent in by BC Almanac listeners from across the province. The result is a sweeping portrayal of that crucial chapter of BC history that reveals much about the spirit and resilience of a people who survived one of history’s greatest disasters to build the province we have today.

Echoes of British Columbia: Voices From the Frontier combines text, archival photographs and original sound recordings of stories from BC's pinoneers on three CDs. It brings the reader (and listener) in intimate contact with British Columbia’s past.

The BC Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing is awarded annually to the author(s) whose book makes the most significant contribution to the historical literature of British Columbia. The other finalists for the 2015 Historical Writing Award were: Blood and Sweat Over the Railway Tracks: Chinese Labourers Constructing the Canadian Pacific Railway (1880-1885) by Lily Siewsan Chow (UBC & Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC); The History of Leechtown, Part I: The VIEE and the Discovery of Gold on the Sook and Leech Rivers, edited by Bart van den Berk (VandenBerk-Books); Live at the Commodore: The Story of Vancouver's Historic Commodore Ballroom by Aaron Chapman (Arsenal Pulp Press); Written as I Remember It: Teachings (? ms ta? aw) from the Life of a Sliammon Elder by Elsie Paul (UBC Press) and Surveying Southern British Columbia: A Photojournal of Frank Swannell, 1901-07 by Jay Sherwood (Caitlin Press).


The Sea Among Us Wins BC Book Prize!

Posted: Monday, April 27, 2015 at 4:39pm

Congratulations to editors and contributors Richard Beamish and Gordon McFarlane, whose book, The Sea Among Us: The Amazing Strait of Georgia (Harbour Publishing, $39.95), won one of seven BC Book Prizes awarded at the 31st Annual Lieutenant Governor's BC Book Prizes Gala in Vancouver on Saturday, April 25.

Beamish and McFarlane received the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize, given to the author of the book that contributes most to the enjoyment and understanding of British Columbia.

In recent weeks, The Sea Among Us has been shortlisted for the Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize and has won the American Fisheries Society's Haig Brown Award, and has spent sixteen weeks on the BC Bestseller list. In the book, twelve expert contributors came together to present a comprehensive study of the Strait of Georgia in all its aspects. With chapters on fish, marine mammals, geology, oceanography, birds, history of settlement and of industry, among others, it is the function of this book to inform British Columbians about the Strait of Georgia.

Richard Beamish has a PhD in Zoology from the University of Toronto and has worked with numerous research organizations. He is the recipient of the Prix D’Excellence, the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals, the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia. He was also a member of the International Panel on Climate Change that received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

Gordon McFarlane spent 30 years as a researcher at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo. He was a member and advisor to numerous international negotiating teams and participated in the development and conduct of a number of international research programs. He has authored more than 200 publications concerning the biology and assessment of marine resources.

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.


Howard White on Tour!

Posted: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 8:41pm

Our award-winning publisher Howard White is busy touring this year! Last March Howard was talking about and reading from his father’s two memoirs, That Went by Fast: My First Hundred Years and Milk Spills and One-Log Loads: Memories of a Pioneer Truck Driver, with stops in Victoria, Nanaimo, Courtenay, Campbell River and Powell River. He will be continuing his round of appearances also talking about Raincoast Chronicles 23 --the Fortieth Anniversary Issue--as well as the writing and publishing industry in BC at his events. You can catch him on the following dates:

  • BC Legislature Rotunda - Apr. 22 (BC Book Day)
  • Port Moody Library - May 2
  • Pender Harbour Reading Centre - June 24
  • Surrey Writers Festival - Oct. 24

That Went by Fast and Milk Spills and One-Log Loads, written by centenarian Frank White, sifts through White's many adventures. Born at the start of the First World War and maturing during the Great Depression, Frank White worked variously as a pioneer truck logger, camp owner, boat builder, home builder, excavating contractor, garage mechanic and waterworks operator, among other things. Then in later life he married the sophisticated and well-connected New Yorker writer Edith Iglauer and started a totally different way of life consisting of opera, celebrity dinners and world travel. His ironic observations on the differences between the two worlds make for fascinating and frequently hilarious reading.

For more information, please visit our Events Calendar.


Rachel Rose appointed Vancouverís Poet Laureate

Posted: Friday, October 3, 2014 at 11:40am

Congratulations to award-winning poet, essayist and writer Rachel Rose, who has just been appointed Vancouver’s fourth Poet Laureate!

The Poet Laureate Program was established by the City Council in December 2006, and aims to develop literature and literacy in Vancouver’s cultural landscape. During the three year term, Rose plans to connect emerging poets with chefs, urban farmers, food bank workers, beekeepers and others to create a collection of poetry inspired by food.

Rose says that “All of us carry memories of those foods that taste like home… Poetry inspired by food invites poets to write provocative work about the environment, class, immigration, and occupation, but it also allows us to celebrate our city's strengths in a way that brings us together. ...

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