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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.  


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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! 


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.                                                        


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).


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.


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

Congrats, Donna!


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! 


Authors for Indies Day

Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 7:34pm

Authors for Indies Day

Saturday, April 30th is Authors for Indies Day, a national event where authors show their love for independent bookstores by volunteering as guest booksellers. Across the country, authors will be chatting to customers, recommending books and thanking book buyers for the support that they provide to their communities by shopping at indie bookstores. More information and a full list of participating authors can be found at

This year, participating Harbour Publishing authors include:

Robert Budd - Munro's Books and Russell Books (Victoria, BC)
Caroline Woodward - Munro's Books
Grant Lawrence - 32 Books (North Vancouver)
Sharon Hanna (Vancouver, BC)
Mark Leiren-Young (Vancouver, BC)


National Poetry Month Celebrated with Award Nominations

Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 4:50pm

We love National Poetry Month here at Harbour Publishing, especially when it coincides with poetry award nominations! Congratulations to the Harbour Publishing and Nightwood authors who have been shortlisted for the following awards adminstered by the League of Canadian Poets:

The winners of these awards will be announced on Saturday, June 18 at a special awards luncheon at the Canadian Writers’ Summit. Visit for more details!


US Distribution in Transition

Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Harbour is in the process of rearranging its US distribution. Its former distributor, Partners Publishers Group, has now ceased operation and arranged for the transfer of many of its customers including Harbour to Midpoint Book Sales and Distribution of New York. Midpoint expects to begin filling orders for Harbour titles in June and  many are still available from wholesalers such as Ingram. In the mean time Harbour will happily fill orders to the US from its BC warehouse. More as it happens.


Watershed Moments shortlisted in the BCHF Historical Writing Competition

Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 11:07am

Watershed Moments: A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District (Harbour Publishing, $34.95), by Christine Dickinson, Deborah Griffiths, Judy Hagen and Catherine Siba has just been shortlisted in the British Columbia Historical Federation Historical Writing Competition! The award celebrates books that make significant contributions to the historical literature of British Columbia.

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 winner of the BC Lieutenant-Governor's Medal for Historical Writing, as well as the second and third place winners of the competition, will be announced at the British Columbia Historical Federation Conference Book Awards Reception on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at the Revelstoke Mountain Resort.


BC Book Prize Nominations Announced!

Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 10:38pm

The shortlists for the 2016 BC Book Prizes have been announced, and Harbour Publishing and Nightwood Editions have been nominated for five awards!

The titles in the running for these prestigious prizes include Orca Chief, a beautifully illustrated children’s book in the Northwest Coast Legend series by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd, which is a finalist for both the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize and the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award.

Also vying for the Bill Duthie Bookseller’s Award is the BC Bestseller Light Years: Memoir of a Modern Lighthouse Keeper, by Caroline Woodward, a lightkeeper who lives off the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Made in British Columbia: Eight Ways of Making Culture, by Maria Tippett—a book that celebrates BC culture by looking at the careers of eight ground-breaking British Columbian producers in the fields of painting, aboriginal art, architecture, writing, theatre, and music—is a finalist for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize.

Nightwood Editions’ author Raoul Fernandes has been nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize for his debut book, Transmitter and Receiver. Fernandes’ book is a masterful and carefully depicted exploration of one’s relationships with oneself, friends, memories, strangers, and technology.

The BC Book Prizes annually celebrate the finest books published in the province. The winners will be announced at the 32nd Annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Government House in Victoria. British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, will be in attendance. For more information about the prizes, go to www.bc


Orca Chief Recognized as Honour Book

Posted: Friday, March 4, 2016

Orca ChiefOrca Chief, by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd, has been recognized by the jury of the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award as an honour book. The award recognizes Canada's pre-eminent book illustrators and outstanding artistic talent in Canadian picture books. It is administered by IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People (, which represents an international network of people committed to bringing books and children together. IBBY Canada is one of over 70 national sections worldwide.

Orca Chief is the third installment of the Northwest Coast Legend Series, a collection of children's books featuring Roy Henry Vickers' vivid artwork. The other books in the series include Raven Brings the Light and Cloudwalker.

Orca Chief is set thousands of years ago ...

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Made in British Columbia shortlisted for 2016 Basil Stuart-Stubbs Book Prize

Posted: Friday, February 26, 2016 at 11:28am

Congratulations to Maria Tippett, whose book Made in British Columbia: Eight Ways of Making Culture (Harbour Publishing, $32.95), has just been shortlisted for the 2016 Basil Stuart-Stubbs Book Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia! This prize was established in 2012, and it recognizes the best scholarly book published on a British Columbia subject by a Canadian author.

In Made in British Columbia, Tippett explores the idea that an artist’s work can affect the cultural landscape of a province, the way we see ourselves and the world around us. Within, she profiles eight creative figures who made an enduring mark on Canadian culture during the twentieth century and whose work is intimately interwoven with British Columbia’s identity.

Dr. Maria Tippett is the author of several award-winning books of cultural history including Emily Carr, which won the Governor General’s Award for English-language non-fiction in 1979. She has taught in BC at Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia and the Emily Carr University of Art and Design; in Ontario at York University; and in England at Cambridge University where she was a Senior Research Fellow at Churchill College and member of the Faculty of History.  She lives on Pender Island, BC.


The Sea Among Us wins Vancouver Aquarium Coastal Ocean Award!

Posted: Friday, February 26, 2016 at 11:15am

The Sea Among Us: The Amazing Strait of Georgia (Harbour Publishing, $39.95) has just won the Vancouver Aquarium Coastal Ocean Award for Conservation and Research Communication! The award was presented to Richard Beamish and Gordon McFarlane, editors, Peter A. Robson, project manager, and Howard and Mary White, President and Publisher of Harbour Publishing. It recognizes highly significant recent work and/or an entire career of important contributions in media, journalism and digital communications related to Coastal Oceans.

Beamish and Robson received the award during the 21st Annual Dinner celebrating Excellence in Aquatic Research and Conservation, held February 16 at the Vancouver Aquarium.

In The Sea Among Us, twelve expert contributors came together to present the first book that is 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. As editor and contributor Richard Beamish says, “All authors hope that the readers will use the information to ask questions about how the Strait of Georgia is coping with change and how they can provide more of the information that is needed to maintain a healthy Strait of Georgia.”


A Better Place on Earth is a Finalist for the George Ryga Award!

Posted: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 3:47pm

Congratulations to Andrew MacLeod, author of A Better Place on Earth: The Search for Fairness in Super Unequal British Columbia, who has been shortlisted for the 2016 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. A Better Place on Earth is one of five titles to be selected for this prestigious award recognizing a B.C. writer who has achieved an outstanding degree of social awareness in a book published in the previous calendar year.

An extensively researched, powerful title, A Better Place on Earth explores the reasons for, and consequences of, British Columbia’s exponential rate of inequality. Featuring interviews with economists, politicians, policy-makers, activists and citizens, MacLeod argues that British Columbians face the consequences of shortsighted public policies including those on taxation, benefits and services. Cautionary yet hopeful, persuasive yet objective, A Better Place on Earth is an in-depth analysis of a chronic, growing problem and – most importantly – the voice of solutions.

The $2500 literary prize, named for the twentieth-century Canadian playwright and novelist George Ryga, will be presented at the Vancouver Public Library on June 29, 2016.


Carol Daniels shortlisted for THREE Saskatchewan Book Awards

Posted: Friday, February 12, 2016

The shortlists for the Saskatchewan Book Awards have been announced, and Carol Daniel’s debut novel, Bearskin Diary (Nightwood Editions, $21.95) is a finalist for three awards: The Fiction Award, the Rasmussen, Rasmussen & Charowsky Aboriginal Peoples’ Writing Award, and the O’Reilly Insurance and The Co-operators First Book Award.

Bearskin Diary follows the story of Sandy, a young First Nations journalist who faces bullying and abuse on a daily basis. Sandy was one of over twenty thousand Aboriginal children to be taken away from their families at birth—part of the Sixties Scoop. She was adopted by a Ukrainian family, and as the only Aboriginal person in her town, Sandy tried to “scrub the brown off her skin.” But when she becomes a journalist, she begins to learn more about her heritage, and ultimately becomes stronger through it, learning to embrace the culture that the Sixties Scoop had tried to deny. Bearskin Diary is a story of hope and resilience, and it gives voice to a generation of First Nations women who have always been silenced.

Carol Daniels is a journalist who became Canada’s first Aboriginal woman to anchor a national newscast ...

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The End of an Era

Posted: Monday, January 4, 2016 at 3:55pm

It is with sadness that we note the passing of Dal Richards, Vancouver’s legendary bandleader, who died on December 31, 2015, just five days before his 98th birthday. His remarkable life and career was showcased in his autobiography One More Time! The Dal Richard’s Story (2009), which he wrote with his good friend, the journalist Jim Taylor.

Dal Richards started his career at a time when songs came from records and radio instead of CDs and iPods. He saw Vancouver’s entertainment scene in Vancouver in the 1920s when the public’s appetite for vaudeville shows was insatiable, and in the 1930s and ’40s when Prohibition was in full swing. He started playing the clarinet in the Kitsilano Boys Band at the young age of 15 and went on to lead the Dal Richards Orchestra in nightly gigs at the Panorama Roof. He also met and befriended a legion of stars in the days when Hollywood’s big-name performers made Vancouver a regular tour stop. He played at the Pacific National Exhibition for over 70 years, and conducted the BC Lions marching band for 30 seasons. He won a legion of awards and honours, including the Variety Club of BC Heart Award, the PNE President’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Order of BC, the Order of Canada, and a place in the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame.

In One More Time!, Dal ended his book with the passage: “One day the true Hour of Parting will come. When it does, I hope I’ve got a front-row seat in the real Balcony and the bands who’ve gone before are swinging.” The bands are swinging, Dal, and they’re swinging for you.


Frank White Passes

Posted: Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 10:39pm

Frank White, pioneer, raconteur and author of bestselling books, died October 18 at his home in Garden Bay BC. White claimed to be British Columbia’s oldest active author when he published his memoir That Went by Fast at the age of 100 in 2014, a followup to his 2013 bestseller Milk Spills and One-Log Loads. A workingman and small businessman who didn’t retire until age 80 and wrote about his long life in a colloquial, unvarnished style, White’s trademark was his self-deprecating humour.

“I’d got used to thinking my life hadn’t amounted to much,” he wrote, “and it seemed most people agreed with me on that. Now it’s, ‘Oh, you rode in a horse and buggy? You worked on a steam donkey show? Your girlfriend was a flapper?...You should write a book!’ By hanging around so long it seems I have become an object of historical interest.”

His was a typical life for a British Columbian of his time, comprised mostly of endless hard work, although on the evidence of his stories it was seldom dull. He grew up in Abbotsford the son of the town butcher and at age 8 began serving customers in his father’s shop by standing on a butter box so he could see over the counter. His father bought the first Model-T delivery truck in Abbotsford but couldn’t get the hang of the horseless carriage so young Frankie taught himself to operate it, lying about his age to get his driver’s licence at age 13. “By the age of 13 I already had two professions: butcher and truck driver,” he wrote.

He built on his early start to follow the trucking boom that hit BC in the 1930s and 1940s, pioneering highway freighting then truck logging. In the 1950’s he became a small-scale “gyppo” logger before moving to the coastal fishing village of Pender Harbour, where he operated an excavating business, a gas station and a municipal water system. Along the way he endured shipwrecks, topped 200-foot spartrees, fought forest fires, got physical with log rustlers, built houses, built boats, raised a family, dabbled in politics, built early computers, buried a beloved wife and daughter, travelled the world and wrote books. At age 92 he married the former New Yorker writer Edith Iglauer, 89, and they continued to live in their small waterfront cottage in Pender Harbour until the present. He died peacefully with his family and caregivers around him and his sense of humour intact. In his final hours when a nurse asked him how he was, he whispered between gasps, “Hundred per cent!”

White was bemused by his longevity and the celebrity that came with it. “When I was fifty and still had most of my marbles,” he wrote, “all people wanted me to tell them was why their car stalled at the intersection. Now that everything is starting to get hazy, they’re not satisfied unless I can tell them the meaning of life.”

On that score he wasn’t venturing any great pronouncements. “Life is life. It’s not under our control and it doesn’t follow any script. It just is.” He might have added, life goes a lot easier if you have a good sense of humour.

Franklin Wetmore White was born May 9, 1914 in Sumas, Washington. He leaves his wife Edith Iglauer, a daughter Marilyn, two sons Howard and Donald, six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.


Harbour Team Adds New Member

Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 6:10pm

The Harbour gang welcomed a new member October 13th as managing editor Anna Comfort-O'Keeffe delivered a 8 lb. 13 oz. boy at Sechelt Hospital. Mum and baby are fine and already made it to a Harbour martini night on October 16. His name is Judah Forest Comfort O'Keeffe. Congratulations to the proud parents, Anna and Jay!


Bren Simmers shortlisted for 2015 City of Vancouver Award!

Posted: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 4:52pm

Bren Simmer’s collection, Hastings-Sunrise (Nightwood Editions, 2015), has been shortlisted for the 2015 City of Vancouver Book Award! Since 1989, the annual City of Vancouver Book Award has been recognizing authors of excellence of any genre who contribute to the appreciation and understanding of Vancouver's history, unique character, or the achievements of its residents. The winner of the 27thAnnual Book Award will be announced at the Mayor’s Arts Awards gala on November 12, 2015 and receive a $3000 prize.

Other books shortlisted for the 2015 City of Vancouver Book Award include Aaron Chapman's Live at the Commodore (Arsenal Pulp Press), Wayde Compton's The Outer Harbour (Arsenal Pulp Press), and Lois Simmie and Cynthia Nugent's Mister Got To Go, Where are you? (Red Deer Press).

Good luck Bren! 


Patrick Lane and Kayla Czaga receive Governor Generalís Award Nominations!

Posted: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 4:03pm

Patrick Lane’s most recent collection, Washita (Harbour Publishing, 2014), and Kayla Czaga’s debut poetry collection, For Your Safety Please Hold On (Nightwood Editions, 2014), have both been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award in the Poetry category! Since 1937, the Governor General’s Award has honoured the best in Canadian literature, with seven different categories for both English and French-language authors. All finalists receive $1,000, and the winners, who will be revealed on October 28th, will each receive $25,000.

Both Washita and For Your Safety Please Hold On were shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize earlier this year. In addition, Washita won the Raymond Souster Award in 2015. 

Other English-language finalists for the Governor General’s Award in Poetry include Liz Howard’s Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent (McClelland & Stewart / Penguin Random House Canada),M. Travis Lane’s Crossover (Cormorant Books), and Robyn Sarah’s My Shoes Are Killing Me (Biblioasis).

Good luck Patrick and Kayla!


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.