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Carol Daniels shortlisted for the First Nation Communities READ program


Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 4:03pm

Congratulations to Carol Daniels, whose debut novel, Bearskin Diary (Nightwood Editions), has been shortlisted for the First Nation Communities READ community reading selection for 2017-2018.

The First Nation Communities READ jury considered more than 50 submissions before coming up with the shortlist. The other finalists are Missing Nimama by Melanie Florence (Clockwise Press, 2015), Price Paid by Bev Sellers (Talonbooks, 2016), They Called Me Number One by Bev Sellers (Talonbooks, 2013) and How I Became a Ghost by Tim Tingle (The Roadrunner Press, 2015).

Raw and honest, Bearskin Diary gives voice to a generation of First Nations women who have always been silenced. Taken from the arms of her mother as soon as she was born, the novel’s protagonist, Sandy, was one of over twenty thousand Aboriginal children scooped up by the federal government between the 1960s and 1980s. Sandy was adopted by a Ukrainian family and grew up as the only First Nations child in a town of white people in Canada. Ostracized by everyone around her and tired of being different, at the early age of five she tried to scrub the brown off her skin. But she was never sent back into the foster system, and for that she considered herself lucky. From this tragic period in her personal life and in Canadian history, Sandy does not emerge unscathed, but she emerges strong—finding her way by embracing the First Nations culture that the Sixties Scoop had tried to deny.

Carol Daniels is a journalist who became Canada’s first Aboriginal woman to anchor a national newscast when she joined CBC Newsworld in 1989. Her work has since earned several awards, including the 2009 National Aboriginal Achievement Award. Her poetry and short fiction have been included in several anthologies. Bearskin Diary is her first novel. Find out more at www.caroldaniels.ca.

Launched in 2003 by the First Nations Public Library Community in Ontario with support from Southern Ontario Library Service, First Nation Communities READ promotes a community-based approach to reading, family literacy, and strives to increase awareness of the relevance and importance of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit writing, illustration, and publishing. The final title selection announcement will take place in Toronto on June 28 as part of National Aboriginal Day Celebrations, and the selected title’s creator will be the recipient of the $5,000 Periodical Marketers of Canada Aboriginal Literature Award.

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Nightwood Poet receives Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize


Posted: Monday, May 1, 2017 at 4:58pm

Congratulations to Vancouver author Adèle Barclay, whose debut poetry collection, If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You (Nightwood Editions), has won the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. The prize is awarded to the BC author of the best work of poetry published in the preceding year. 

If I Were in a Cage Id Reach Out for YouIf I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You is a collection that travels through both time and place, liminally occupying the chasm between Canadian and American mythologies. These poems dwell in surreal pockets of the everyday warped landscapes of modern cities and flood into the murky basin of the intimate.

Adèle Barclay’s poems have appeared in The FiddleheadPRISM internationalMatrixThe Pinch and others. If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You was also shortlisted for the 2015 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. She is the winner of the 2016 LitPop award for poetry and is the Interviews Editor at The Rusty Toque.

The BC Book Prizes, established in 1985, celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers and are awarded annually in seven categories. The awards carry a cash prize of $2000 plus a certificate.  

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Adrian Raeside's New Collection of Cartoons Will Leave You Howling


Posted: Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 3:28pm

Adrian Raeside’s comics have long been a favourite to BC readers and dog lovers everywhere. His latest collection, Tails Don’t Lie 2: A Pack of Dog Cartoons, compiles 340 full-colour cartoons that offer a window into the mind of our canine companions.

Tails Don't Lie 2

Raeside had been in the comic biz for decades before his work began to take an unintentional focus: “As in life, dogs can slowly but surely take over your life, and in this case, the comic strip,” Raeside tells the Times Colonist, where he worked as an editorial cartoonist for many years. From this grew The Other Coast, Raeside’s long-running comic strip that featured many dogs including Raeside’s own, and taught readers that there is much to be learned from our furry friends.

In Tails Don’t Lie 2, we learn why dogs covet the driver’s seat, what would happen if dogs went on space missions (do aliens have dogs?), the humiliation of tail docking, the immense importance of trees to a dog, and many other fascinating philosophical queries. Within these charming tales that provide a unique perspective, we learn valuable lessons about ourselves. Dogs have a lot to teach us about enjoying the simpler pleasures in life, if we know how to understand them.

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The Alaska Highway turns 75: Behind the Book with Beyond Mile Zero


Posted: Monday, April 3, 2017 at 9:46am

The Alaska Highway was constructed in 1942 as part of the allied war effort against a threat from Japan. When the highway was opened to the public in 1948, tourist and traveller services popped up from Dawson Creek, BC, to Delta Junction, AK. In the early 1950s there was a lodge every twenty-five miles, but by the 2000s the community once described as the “Longest Main Street in North America” had all but disappeared. In 2014, writer Lily Gontard and photographer Mark Kelly set out to document the vanishing Alaska Highway lodge community. They travelled over 8,000 kilometres, interviewed over 40 people and took over 5,000 photographs. This spring, Lost Moose Books / Harbour Publishing is proud to publish Beyond Mile Zero: The Vanishing Alaska Highway Lodge Community.

We chatted with co-authors Lily Gontard and Mark Kelly, who hope that Beyond Mile Zero will help readers learn more about and appreciate the lasting contribution of the Alaska Highway, and encourage people to explore this part of the country. “I hope that it brings back memories for people who've driven the Alaska Highway, and makes people more curious about the highway and the community,” says Gontard, a writer and Parks Canada promotions officer from Whitehorse. She urges those who have the opportunity to travel the highway to slow down and learn as much as they can. “There are so many stories and places that people miss out on because they are in too much of a hurry.”

If you are inspired to make the trip, photographer Mark leaves you with this advice: “Bring a thermos, a rain coat and bug dope—you’ll likely need all 3 on the same day. Bring a healthy sense of adventure and really, really take as long as you can possibly afford. Oh, and a spare tire and a jerry can.” 

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Richard Wagamese Passes


Posted: Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 8:14am

Harbour Publishing is very saddened to announce that the celebrated Canadian author Richard Wagamese has passed away.

Wagamese was the author of 15 books, ranging from poetry to fiction to memoir to inspirational literature. His most recent book, Embers (Douglas & McIntyre), is a collection of meditations on contemporary life from the perspective of Objibway teachings. It is currently on the shortlist for the BC Book Prizes. He is best known for his novel Indian Horse (Douglas & McIntyre), which was the 2013 People’s Choice winner in CBC’s Canada Reads and a Canadian bestseller.

Wagamese was born in 1955 in the Ojibway Wabaseemoong First Nation in northwestern Ontario. He was removed from his family by the Children's Aid Society as part of the Sixties Scoop and ended up in foster care in suburban Toronto. He struggled for many years before he went on a traditional Ojibway camping trip when he was 22 years old, where an elder told him he had the gift for storytelling.

He began his writing career in 1979, first as a journalist. then as a radio and television broadcaster. His debut novel, Keeper 'n Me, came out in 1994 and won the Alberta Writers Guild's Best Novel Award.

In 1991, he became the first Indigenous writer to win a National Newspaper Award for column writing. He has twice won the Native American Press Association Award for his journalism and received the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature for his 2011 memoir One Story, One Song. In 2012, he was honoured with the Aboriginal Achievement Award for Media and Communications, and in 2013 he received the Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize.

Wagamese told the CBC in 2015 that he felt telling stories "is definitely who I am supposed to be and what I am supposed to be doing."

In 2015, he won the Matt Cohen Award, a recognition given out by the Writers' Trust of Canada that honours a writer who has dedicated their entire professional lives to the pursuit of writing.

Wagamese was always open about his struggles with alcoholism and PTSD and the impact the residential school system had on his family. "I know that if I don't look at my whole history and embrace the dark and hard parts, I don't know my own story," he told CBC in 2012. "And if I don't know my own story, I can't heal myself."

"Richard was a wonderful writer and a wonderful human being. His writing provided us with some of the most articulate descriptions of the struggles endured by his people, and the struggles he himself grappled with to the end,” said his publisher Howard White.

Harbour extends its condolences to Richard's family, friends and readers.

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Harbour Publishing books recognized by BC Book Prizes


Posted: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 10:34am

The BC Book Prizes honour the best books published by BC authors, across seven categories and many genres, from children's literature to regional awareness. With the release of the shortlist for each award, we are very excited to see a number of our authors recognized this year for their valuable contributions to BC publishing!

Among these prestigious awards is the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize, which is awarded to the author of the book which contributes most to the enjoyment and understanding of British Columbia. This year, both The Peace in Peril: The Real Cost of the Site C Dam by Christopher Pollon, with photographs by Ben Nelms, and Crossing Home Ground: A Grassland Odyssey through Southern Interior British Columbia by David Pitt-Brooke are in the running for this prize.

Peace Dancer, the final instalment in the beautifully illustrated Northwest Coast Legends children's book series by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd, is a finalist for both the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize and the Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award. Peace Dancer is the only children’s title to be shortlisted for the Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award.

The winners will be announced at the 33rd annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala on Saturday, April 29, 2017, in Vancouver.

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Frank Appleton in the running for National Book Award


Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 2:48pm

Frank Appleton, author of Brewing Revolution: Pioneering the Craft Beer Movement, is one of the front-runners for Canada's prestigious National Business Book Award. The award is given to the author of the most outstanding Canadian business-related book published in 2016.

Brewing RevolutionBrewing Revolution details the life of English-trained brewmaster Frank Appleton and looks at the inspiring story behind today's craft beer revolution. Appleton, who is considered by many to be the father of Canada's craft-brewing movement, chronicles fifty years in the brewing business, from his early years working for one of the major breweries, to his part in establishing the first cottage brewery in Canada, and a forward look at the craft-beer industry in an ever more competitive market.

Appleton has been consultant brewmaster to twenty brewing operations, including work in brewery design, start-up and brewer training. In 2009, Appleton received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Craft Brewing from CAMRA Victoria Chapter. 

This year's submissions covered a range of topics reflecting the conversations that are going on in Canadian businesses including family business, leadership, the proliferation of misinformation, the economy and technology. The winner of the National Business Book Award will be announced on April 24, 2017 at an event in Toronto hosted by award sponsors PwC Canada and BMO Financial Group.

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More Books from Harbour's Spring 2017 List


Posted: Monday, January 23, 2017 at 1:27pm

The next instalment of our Spring 2017 titles includes Michael GatesFrom the Klondike to Berlin: The Yukon in World War I, which explores the Yukon’s contribution to the Great War. It features a number of stories of war heroes from this northern region, including Joe Boyle, who successfully escorted the Romanian crown jewels across Russia, and Martha Black, who raised thousands of dollars and travelled to Europe to act as an advocate for the enlisted Yukon men.

Continuing with the northern theme, April will see the release of Lily Gontard’s first book, Beyond Mile Zero: The Vanishing Alaska Highway Lodge Community, with photographs by Mark Kelly. The Alaska highway opened to the public in 1948, after originally acting as a military road during the threat of World War II and the attack on Pearl Harbor. Soon after, the highway was dotted with establishments such as gas stations, cafes and lodges offering highway travellers a place to eat, refuel, and take refuge from the cold. Now, however, many of these businesses are abandoned or struggling to stay afloat. Lily Gontard and Mark Kelly share their experiences travelling the highway and visiting both its surviving and unoccupied lodges and their owners, documenting their unique stories before they close their doors, perhaps, forever.

Anne and Laurence Yeadon-Jones bring us a completely updated edition in their bestselling Dreamspeaker Series with Dreamspeaker Cruising Guide, Volume 2: Desolation Sound & the Discovery Islands, a must-have for boaters visiting the area. This fourth edition includes over 100 revised charts, colour photographs, and new information on anchorages, fuel docks, available services, marine parks, and more.

Lastly, Rick M. Harbo returns with a revised edition of Pacific Reef and Shore: A Photo Guide to Northwest Marine Life from Alaska to Northern California. This book covers everything from whales and seals to oysters, crabs, nudibranchs, and seaweeds, and serves as an easy-to-use pocket guide, making it the perfect size and format for travelling. This new version includes additional species, up-to-date scientific information, and photographs of over 300 marine species.

Visit our New and Forthcoming pages on our website for more information regarding our Spring 2017 titles.  

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Announcing Harbour's Spring 2017 List


Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 2:33pm

This Spring, Harbour Publishing has an exciting new array of titles sure to spark your interest, whether you’re looking to relax with an intriguing novel, learn something new, or keep up with your New Year's resolutions.

Our first release comes from Dan Jason, owner of Salt Spring Seeds and co-author of The Power of Pulses: Saving the World with Peas, Beans, Chickpeas, Favas and Lentils. Now he brings us Some Useful Wild Plants: A Foraging Guide to Food and Medicine from Nature. The original edition has sold over 30,000 copies since its initial publication in 1971. Learn how to identify over 100 common species of wild plants and their many uses, from tasty dishes to sore throat remedies. Also featured in the book is a beautiful selection of line drawings from Robert Inwood.

In March we will see the familiar Harbour duo Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd, creators of the award-winning Northwest Coast Legends series, with the first instalment in a new series of board books for our youngest readers. Hello Humpback! features Roy Henry Vickers’ vibrant illustrations of the West Coast and the many animals who occupy its lands and waters, making it an intriguing and fun experience for those learning their first words.

Caroline Woodward’s travel-mystery novel, Alaska Highway Two-Step, was a BC Bestseller and one of The Globe and Mail’s Top 100 Books when it was first published in 1993. The story follows Mercy Brown, a reluctant psychic and freelance journalist who embarks on a writing assignment-turned-adventure up the Alaska Highway upon discovering her late aunt’s mysterious diaries filled with Canadian dance history and a painful past. Harbour is proud to bring this book back into print!

Discover the stories of idealistic settlers in Andrew Scott’s The Promise of Paradise: Utopian Communities of British Columbia. Many groups have attempted to establish themselves in western Canada, from Doukhobor farmers to Finnish coal miners, Quakers and hippies. In this new edition, complete with additional photos and a new chapter, you’ll learn why people search for paradise and hear first-hand accounts from those who attempted to settle, those who succeeded, and those who failed.

Dog-lovers will rejoice with the latest release from Adrian Raeside, Tails Don’t Lie 2: A Pack of Dog Cartoons. Adrian Raeside’s comics have appeared in over 200 newspapers and he is the author of more than a dozen books. His hilarious new collection contains 340 full-colour cartoons and explores themes including the humiliation of tail-docking, a dog’s love of trees, canine space missions, and more.

Stay tuned for new updates on our Spring 2017 selection, and don’t forget to visit the New and Forthcoming pages on our website for a complete list of our Spring titles.
 

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James Barber inducted into Taste Canada's Hall of Fame


Posted: Monday, November 21, 2016 at 3:48pm

James Barber was posthumously inducted into the Taste Canada Hall of Fame at the 2016 Awards Gala, alongside Quebec food journalist Julian Armstrong. The event honouring the top Canadian cookbooks across several categories including culinary narrative and single-subject cookbook took place on November 19th at Toronto's Arcadian Court. 

James Barber, author of over a dozen cookbooks including One-Pot Wonders, Peasant's Choice, and Cooking for Two, was most well-known as the host of the internationally acclaimed long-running cooking show The Urban Peasant. He was also a regular contributor to publications including Pacific Yachting, Western Living, and The Globe and Mail. Barber came to Canada from the UK in 1952, working as an engineer in Vancouver before entering into culinary writing and television. He retired to Vancouver Island and passed away on November 27, 2007, at the age of 84.

The Taste Canada Hall of Fame recognizes lifetime achievement in culinary writing. While the Taste Canada Awards are in their 19th year, the Hall of Fame was created in 2009, and two members, one living and one deceased, are nominated and inducted annually. Current members of the Taste Canada Hall of Fame include esteemed Canadian cookbook authors Rose Murray and Elizabeth Baird.

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Pacific Seaweeds recognized by National Outdoor Book Awards!


Posted: Monday, November 21, 2016 at 3:12pm

Congratulations to Louis Druehl and Bridgette Clarkston, whose book, Pacific Seaweeds: A Guide to Common Seaweeds of the West Coast, Updated and Expanded Edition (Harbour Publishing, $28.95), has received an honourable mention in the Nature Guidebooks category of the 2016 National Outdoor Book Awards. Their book is the authoritative guide to over 200 common species of seaweeds from southeast Alaska to central California. The National Outdoor Book Awards is an annual awards program that recognizes the best in outdoor writing and publishing in ten categories.

The National Outdoor Book Awards had this to say about Pacific Seaweeds: "If you’ve ever wondered about the names of seaweeds that have washed up on shore, this is the guide to reach for. Of the several methods employed by the authors to aid your identification efforts, one of the most clever is the way seaweeds are photographed... What plainly comes through in this book is that the authors are enthusiastic and passionate about these plants of the sea." The honourable mention is even more impressive considering Pacific Seaweeds was competing against books published throughout Canada and the USA.

Since the first edition came out fifteen years ago, Pacific Seaweeds has sold over 10,000 copies. This updated and expanded guide thoroughly documents every aspect of seaweed life, from species identification and seaweed biology to the essential--and often surprising--roles seaweeds play in the marine ecosystem and our everyday lives. Seaweeds are used in everything from cosmetics to sustainable biofuels, and some species, like kelp, contribute to the remediation of coastal ecosystems.

Louis D. Druehl is a Professor Emeritus at Simon Fraser University, where he taught and researched kelp for 36 years and was instrumental in establishing the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. He lives in Bamfield, BC, where he and his wife, Rae Hopkins, operate Canadian Kelp Resources Ltd. He is also the author of Cedar, Salmon and Weed (Granville Island, 2015).

Bridgette E. Clarkston is a seaweed biologist, science educator and avid photographer with over a decade of teaching experience at the University of New Brunswick, University of British Columbia, and California State University, Monterey Bay. She has discovered several new species of red seaweed, and is the author of A Field Guide to Seaweeds of the Pacific Northwest (Harbour, 2015). Born and raised in Comox, she now makes her home in Monterey, California.

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Rose and Denham on GG Shortlist


Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 9:45am

Poets Rachel Rose and Joe Denham have been shortlisted for Canada's most prestigious poetry prize, the Governor General's Award for Poetry, it was announced today.

Rose is nominated for Marry & Burn (Harbour Publishing) and Denham for Regeneration Machine (Nightwood Editions).

Marry & BurnThe fourth collection from Rose, Marry & Burn 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.

Although the language of blazing passion resonates throughout the discussion of love, longing and addiction, the driving rhythms often resemble more closely the relentless pounding of the ocean: “The sky’s cauldron / tips a black storm to swarm the harried / hawk, call, Shame! Shame! Dawn has come / in flame.” The golden glow of the ancient world, the dark sweetness of fairy tales, overlay these harsh contemporary moments of rape and addiction, loneliness and poverty, casting them in the richer light of another era.

The pain of letting go, whether of love, old habits or cherished personal myths, permeates the collection. But these poems insist that once the dam has broken, once the myths have crumbled, the possibility emerges of building something new.

Marry & Burn was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award and one of the poems in the collection won a 2016 Pushcart Prize.

Regeneration MachineRegeneration Machine is an elegiac tribute to a friend of the author who died twenty years ago in sensationalized and tragic circumstances. Nevin Sample walked into a small bank in Deep Cove, robbed a teller at gunpoint and fled into the forest of Cates Park. After a lengthy pursuit, he hid behind a stump at the edge of a small clearing. The police called to him. He raised the gun to his head and pulled the trigger.

Nevin had a magnetism, an understated complexity: there were those who loved him, resented him, found him gregarious. To Joe Denham, he was an old, close friend. Regeneration Machine is a 100-stanza, 9,000-word letter-in-verse to Nevin’s ghost—a requiem, elegy, lament; a sort of flailing attempt to make sense of the nonsensically violent way that a non-violent, caring, intelligent young man chose to end his life.

Regeneration Machine won the 2016 Canadian Authors Association Award for poetry. 

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Barry Gough to receive Washington State Historical Society's Robert Gray Medal!


Posted: Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 2:56pm

Congratulations to Harbour author Barry Gough, who is the winner of this year's Washington State Historical Society's Robert Gray Medal! First given in 1968, the Robert Gray Medal is the highest award bestowed by the Washington State Historical Society. It recognizes distinguished and long-term contributions to Pacific Northwest history through demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following areas: teaching, writing, research, historic preservation, and service to local historical societies.

Dr. Barry Gough was founding director of Canadian Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Fellow of King's College London and Life Member of the Association of Canadian Studies. He has authored many critically acclaimed books, including Fortune’s a River: The Collision of Empires in Northwest America (Harbour, 2007), which won the John Lyman Book Award for best Canadian naval and maritime history. Gough has been writing about the history of the Pacific Coast for almost four decades, and in 2016 he was named Honourary President of the BC Historical Federation. He lives in Victoria, BC, with his wife Marilyn.

The award will be presented at the Washington State Historical Society's general meeting on September 24, 2016, along with the rest of the society's annual awards.

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Nightwood Editions Poet Wins International Award!


Posted: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 1:39pm

Vancouver author Raoul Fernandes' debut poetry collection, Transmitter and Receiver (Nightwood Editions, 2015), has been named the winner of the 2016 Debut-litzer Prize in Poetry! The Late Night Library's Debut-litzer Prize is an international award that celebrates debut books through an annual competition with cash prizes and national media publicity.

Transmitter and Receiver was also the winner of the 2016 Dorothy Livesay Prize for Poetry, and a finalist for the League of Canadian Poets' Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, which recognizes the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian writer. 

Late Night Library is a non-profit organization dedicated to sustaining book culture, promoting literature in schools and communities, and supporting a diverse array of writers early in their careers. Raoul will be featured on the Late Night Conversation podcast in September, as well as become a literary judge on Late Night Debut. 

Congratulations Raoul! 

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Nightwood Editions poets Joe Denham and Kayla Czaga win 2016 CAA Awards


Posted: Monday, June 20, 2016 at 3:43pm

Congratulations to Joe Denham and Kayla Czaga for their Canadian Authors Association (CAA) award wins! Denham’s third poetry collection, Regeneration Machine has won the 2016 CAA Award for Poetry! The prize is awarded to the Canadian author of the best work of poetry published in the preceding year. Czaga won the CAA Emerging Writer Award awarded to authors under 30. Her debut book For Your Safety Please Hold On was published by Nightwood in 2014.

Regeneration Machine is a 100-stanza, 9,000-word letter-in-verse to his friend’s ghost—a requiem, elegy, lament; a sort of flailing attempt to make sense of the nonsensically violent way that a non-violent, caring, intelligent young man chose to end his life. Quill & Quire gave the book a starred review, calling it “a keeper.” 

Joe Denham is also the author of two other poetry collections and a novel. He lives with his wife and two children in Halfmoon Bay, BC.

For Your Safety Please Hold On moves in thematic focus from family, to girlhood, to adulthood, each permeated by Czaga’s lively voice and quick-witted, playful language.  

Kayla Czaga grew up in Kitimat and now lives in Vancouver, BC, where she recently earned her MFA in Creative Writing at UBC.

Introduced in 1975, these awards continue the association’s long tradition of honouring Canadian writers who achieve excellence without sacrificing popular appeal. The finalists were selected from over 300 nominations.                                                        

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Watershed Moments wins third prize in the BCHF Historical Writing Competition!


Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 10:59am

Watershed Moments: A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District, by Christine Dickinson, Deborah Griffiths, Judy Hagen and Catherine Siba, has just won third prize in the British Columbia Historical Federation Historical Writing Competition! The award celebrates books that make significant contributions to the historical literature of British Columbia. It was announced at the British Columbia Historical Federation Conference Book Awards Reception on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at the Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

In Watershed Moments, the Courtenay and District Museum opens its vast collection of historical photographs, glass plate negatives and other ephemera, much of which has never before been available for public viewing. Spanning from the late 1800s to the modern era, here are scenes of K’ómoks village life, boating parties, family celebrations, agricultural events and economic activities. This rich visual depiction of the region and its development is complemented by lively text, drawing heavily on the museum’s extensive holdings of primary source material. Local authors Dickinson, Griffiths, Hagen and Siba write of ancient fish weirs, bride ships and gentlemen adventurers, back-breaking work and astounding beauty, tracing the complex development of a diverse and ever-changing community.

The BC Lieutenant Governor's Medal for historical writing was presented to Ronald A. Greene for Carlo Gentile, Gold Rush Photographer, 1863-1866 by Ronald A. Greene (Greene Frogge Press), and the second prize winner in the competition was Ferries & Fjords: The History of Indian Arm by Ralph Drew (self-published).

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Andrew MacLeod Wins George Ryga Award for A Better Place on Earth!


Posted: Monday, May 30, 2016 at 11:11am

Andrew MacLeod, journalist and Legislative Bureau Chief for The Tyee, has won the twelfth annual George Ryga Award for Social Awareness for A Better Place on Earth: The Search for Fairness in Super Unequal British Columbia.

The literary prize is awarded to a B.C. writer who has achieved an outstanding degree of social awareness in a new book published in the preceding calendar year. MacLeod was chosen from a shortlist of six authors, including David Boyd, Larry Gambone, Chris and Josh Hergesheimer, Carrie Saxifrage, and David Suzuki.

Extensively researched and poignantly written, A Better Place on Earth explores the reasons for, and consequences of, inequality in British Columbia – a province where the top ten percent of the population hold more than half the wealth, and more than one in five children live below the poverty line.

Speaking to BC BookWorld about his win, MacLeod explained, “Christy Clark became premier promising to put families first,” he says, “but five years later British Columbia continues to have one of the worst records in Canada for child poverty…B.C.’s economic growth may be leading Canada as the provincial government frequently reminds us, but it’s little comfort to the many people who are struggling to afford a place to live, coping with high debt payments and receiving stagnating wages.”

The award will be presented on Wednesday, June 29 at 7pm at the Vancouver Public Library (350 West Georgia Street). Everyone is welcome to attend.

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Nightwood Editions Author Wins Richard Carver Award!


Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 9:48am

Nelson author Donna Macdonald has won the 2016 Richard Carver Award for Emerging Writers for her memoir, Surviving City Hall (Nightwood Editions). She shares the award with Kootenay Bay novelist Alanda Greene. The award is sponsored by the Nelson and District Arts Council and the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival and honours emerging writers who show dedication to their writing practice and engagement with their communities.

Surviving City Hall was released this spring, and she has two more writing projects on the drawing board. The jury recognized her “unwavering commitment to the arts, as she truly does embody the spirit of the Carver Award.”

Macdonald remembers Richard Carver, who served on the Arts Council, the Nelson Library board, and who was a regular at Nelson City Council meetings. "Richard was such a force of creative energy—I could feel it while talking to him," she says. "He was a unique and lovely man, and receiving this award in his name means a lot to me."

Macdonald and Greene will receive their awards and read from their work at Elephant Mountain Literary Festival’s 100-Mile Gala on Thursday, July 7 at 7:30pm at the Hume Room in Nelson’s Hume Hotel. The evening also features winners of the Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine fiction competition, CBC personality and author Grant Lawrence, and children’s author and jazz chanteuse Jill Barber. Tickets are available at www.emlfestival.com.

Congrats, Donna!

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Nightwood Editions Author Wins BC Book Prize!


Posted: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 5:18pm

Vancouver author Raoul Fernandes' debut poetry collection, Transmitter and Receiver (Nightwood Editions), has won the 2016 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize! The prize is awarded to the BC author of the best work of poetry, published in the preceding year.

Transmitter and Receiver was also shortlisted for the League of Canadian Poets' Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, which recognizes the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian writer.  

The BC Book Prizes, established in 1985, celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers and areawarded annually in seven categories. The awards carry a cash prize of $2000 plus a certificate. This year the winners were announced at the Government House in Victoria, BC, on April 30.

Congrats Raoul! 

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