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Armand Garnet Ruffo wins inaugural Mayor's Arts Award

Posted: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 12:50pm

Armand Garnet Ruffo has been honoured by the City of Kingston. On December 4, 2017, the writer received one of the inaugural Mayor's Arts Awards in the creator category, and he spoke about the award in a video presented by the City of Kingston.

Armand Garnet Ruffo is a poet and writer. He is the author of four books of poetry including The Thunderbird Poems (Harbour Publishing, 2015). He also wrote Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing into Thunderbird, the first book-length biography of the internationally acclaimed and controversial Ojibway painter. A new edition of this Governor General's Award-nominated book is being released by Douglas & McIntyre in January 2018. Ruffo is also the author of the screenplay, Windigo’s Tale, which has been shown across Canada and at film festivals internationally. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Queen’s University.

The Mayor's Arts Awards in Kingston celebrates high artistic achievement and recognizes extraordinary contributions in and to the arts. They aim to affirm the value of the arts in city life, and to nurture and inspire sustained development of the cultural sector to the benefit of all its citizens. Visual artist Su Sheedy and composer and multimedia artist Matt Rogalsky also received creator awards. Yessica Rivera Belsham was presented with the Arts Champion Award, and the Limestone Arts Legacy Award honoured David Kemp.


Alison Stoutenburg, Warehouseperson Supreme

Posted: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 6:19pm

Friends and customers of Harbour Publishing will be saddened to learn that Alison Stoutenburg, our warehouse manager for the last 17 years, passed away in the early hours of November 28, 2017. Alison had been battling cancer for some five years while still faithfully putting in her shift at the warehouse, lavishing care on her customers in her inimitable way. She will be missed by all who came in contact with her. Our condolences to daughters Christina and Hanna. 


Peter Trower 1930-2017

Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 5:28pm

By Alan Twigg

BC Booklook

Peter Trower, one of B.C.’s most beloved poets, has died at age 87 on November 10, 2017 at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver. In 2015, Peter Trower had moved into the Inglewood Care Centre in West Vancouver after living mainly on the Sunshine Coast and in North Vancouver. He had a fall several weeks before his death. After surgery, he had a blood clot that led to his death.

Peter Trower, dubbed a “logger poet” early in his writing career, received the eighth George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award for an Outstanding Literary Career in British Columbia in 2002. In December of 2015, the town of Gibsons decided to name Trower Lane in his honour.

Peter Trower was born at St. Leonard’s-on-Sea, England, on August 25, 1930. He immigrated to British Columbia at age ten, following the death of his test-pilot father in a plane crash. He arrived on an evacuee ship with his mother and brother to stay with an aunt on Nelson Street in the West End of Vancouver. His mother married a West Coast pulp mill superintendent who drowned soon after.

Peter Trower quit school for financial reasons to work as a logger for twenty-two years. He also worked as a surveyor, smelter worker, pulp-mill hand, shakecutter and baker. He says he began writing seriously in the late 1950s after an abortive fling at professional cartooning. As a writer, he fraternized with John Newlove at the Alcazar Hotel in the Sixties “and forced bad poetry upon him, some of which he was charitable enough to read.” There he also met poets Milton Acorn and Al Purdy, both influences and comrades.

Since 1971, Trower published more than a dozen books of poetry and contributed to numerous issues of the Raincoast Chronicles and Vancouver Magazine. Among his supportive early influences were editor Mac Parry of Vancouver magazine and publisher Howard White. His two most important influences were his mother, Mary Cassin, who pushed him to write from an early age and critiqued his drafts until her death and Sunshine Coast writer Ted Poole. After publishing his first collection of poems in 1969, Trower quit logging and went to work for the Raincoast Chronicles as an Associate Editor in 1971.

Poetry collections such as Moving Through Mystery, Between the Sky and the Splinters, The Alders and Others and Ragged Horizons have expressed his awe and resentment at the magisterial and dangerous power of nature. The Judas Hills was his third novel on the West Coast logging life, after Grogan’s Cafe and Dead Man’s Ticket.

In 2005, Peter Trower was awarded the Canadian Authors Association's Jack Chalmers Poetry Award for Haunted Hills and Hanging Valleys: Selected Poems 1969–2004. Trower could start a story called Runaway Jill with this sentence, and have it be true: “It was 1965, the year I pulled rigging for Big Bart Clapperton on the risky eastern slopes of Goatfoot Mountain.”

With an introduction by Mac Parry, who published many of Trower’s stories in Vancouver magazine during that publication’s golden age, Hellhound on his Trail and Other Stories (Ekstasis $22.95) was more proof that Trower was one of the few irreplaceable talents in British Columbia writing. Trower’s coastal tales were memoirs in the realm of fiction, artfully poignant, unsettlingly from a bygone era. Eloquent with a raspy voice.

A Ship Called Destiny reflected his love and admiration for his partner Yvonne Klan of North Vancouver. It was published not long before she died.

Mike Poole made an effective documentary about Trower as a logger/poet called Between the Sky and the Splinters (1976), filmed at Jackson Bay. Alan Twigg and Tom Shandel made a CBC documentary about Trower that aired in 1985; Peter Trower: The Men There Were Then. Trower released a music & poetry CD, Sidewalks and Sidehills, in 2003, and a collected works volume of his poetry in 2004.


Daniel Francis receives the 2017 Pierre Berton Award

Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 at 5:13pm

Congratulations to Daniel Francis! The North Vancouver author has won the Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media: The Pierre Berton Award. This prestigious prize recognizes a vast body work by Francis that covers a wide range of subjects. The Pierre Berton Award, named for its first recipient, is one of five Governor General's History Awards that aim to recognize the many different ways history is taught, communicated, and celebrated by Canadians. It is awarded by Canada's History and honours exceptional dissemination of Canadian history in books, film, television, and new media.The award will be presented at a ceremony at Rideau Hall on November 22, 2017. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will preside over the award ceremony.

Daniel Francis is the author of over thirty books that explore the many aspects of Canadian history. His works include Far West: The Story of British Columbia (Harbour, 2006); Trucking in British Columbia: An Illustrated History (Harbour, 2012); Closing Time: Prohibition, Rum-Runners, and Border Wars (Douglas & McIntyre, 2014); and Where Mountains Meet the Sea: An Illustrated History of the District of North Vancouver (Harbour, 2016). He also edited The Encyclopedia of British Columbia (Harbour, 2000), the definitive reference work on BC. He is a regular contributor to, an online resource for information on the province, and he is a columnist and editorial board member of Geist magazine. Daniel Francis lives in North Vancouver, BC.


Population Explosion at Harbour

Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 5:34pm

Managing Editor Anna Comfort O'Keeffe posted a double win in the Harbour Halloween baby derby Oct. 30, edging out editor Ariel Brewster by delivering new baby Solomon just before midnight. Ariel (wife of Mountie in Mukluks author Patrick White) delivered her new addition to the White clan, Ian Isaac, at 1:17 AM PST Oct. 31. Solomon also topped the weight category at a stupendous 9lb 15oz. And he wasn't due for another week! We are tipping the BC Lions to draft him for their front line right now. Baby Ian was 7lb 8 oz. As a consolation prize, he gets to have his birthday on Halloween for the rest of his life. Congrats to mothers, fathers and grandparents. And brothers. Callan White, 3, offered the new guy his old soother, cuddled for a bit then went downstairs to watch TV. Life must go on.


Nightwood Poet Finalist for A.M. Klein Poetry Prize

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 1:52pm

Rebecca Păpucaru

Nightwood Editions poet finalist for A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry for debut collection

Sherbrooke, Quebec resident Rebecca Păpucaru is a finalist for the Quebec Writers' Federation's A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry for her debut collection The Panic Room. "I am delighted to be a finalist and grateful to the QWF for their support," she said after learning of the nomination.

Written with unabashed honesty, The Panic Room is about the giants that loom over us. A second-generation Eastern European Jewish immigrant, Păpucaru attempts to grapple with the distinct feelings of disconnection to her family's past. These poetic reflections are intimate and honest, the sort of confidences you'd only tell your dearest friend.

Rebecca Păpucaru's work has appeared in journals such as The Antigonish Review, PRISM international, The Malahat Review, The Dalhousie Review and Event. She has been anthologized in  I Found it at the Movies: An Anthology of Film Poems (Guernica Editions, 2014) and Best Canadian Poetry in English (2010). 

The Quebec Writers' Federation holds an annual juried competition for published books by Quebec authors in six categories. On November 21, 2017, the QWF will award six prizes of $2000 each to honour excellence in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, first book, translation and children’s and young adult literature.


Rafe Mair Passes

Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 5:28pm

Harbour Publishing extends its condolences to the many readers and family of author Rafe Mair, who died on October 9, 2017. Mair, author of Rafe: A Memoir, Hard Talk, Over the Mountains, and What the Bleep is Going On?, had a long battle with illness but characteristically kept issuing well-aimed blasts at all levels of government up until the end.

“I didn’t always agree with Rafe—he didn’t always agree with himself—but I will miss his critical eye on BC issues,” said publisher Howard White. “Rafe cared about this province and defended it passionately and we don’t have enough writers doing that. I also appreciated that he began as a right-winger and ended as a left-winger. It shows there’s hope.”

Born and raised in Vancouver, Mair became a lawyer after graduating from the UBC law school, practising in Vancouver and Kamloops, where he was elected as a Social Credit MLA in 1975. Mair held several cabinet posts, including health, environment, and constitutional affairs. In 1981, he suddenly quit to become a talk-show host. He spent nineteen years on the air with CKNW but was fired in 2003 even though the number of listeners remained exceptionally high. He received many awards including the Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Awards and appointment to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame.

Mair is survived by his wife Wendy Conway, five children and stepchildren, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


Harry: A Wilderness Dog Tour!

Posted: Monday, October 2, 2017 at 4:17pm

Bestselling author Chris Czajkowski and her gregarious and lovable pack dog Harry are touring BC in October and early November to promote her new book, Harry: A Wilderness Dog Saga, which provides a fascinating and sometimes humorous depiction of living in the wilderness--from a dog’s eye view. Featuring many photos, illustrations and stories about their other canine companions, Chris’ slide show presentation portrays their off-the-grid life and how Chris established an ecotourism business, built cabins by hand and scratched out a living for herself and the pack.

Chris and Harry will be visiting the following areas:

  • Sunshine Coast
  • Vancouver Island
  • Sea-to-Sky
  • Lower Mainland
  • Okanagan
  • Chilcotin/Thompson-Nicola

For details about the events, please see our Events Calendar.


The Peace in Peril longlisted in the Banff Mountain Book Competition

Posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 2:42pm

Harbour Publishing is excited to announce that The Peace in Peril: The Real Cost of the Site C Dam, by Christopher Pollon with photographs by Ben Nelms, is shortlisted for the Banff Mountain Book Competition in the Mountain Environment and Natural History category.

Equal parts travel adventure, history and journalistic exploration, The Peace in Peril is a story about the habitants of the Peace River Valley who stand to be greatly affected by the construction of the Site C dam reservoir. Over four days in late September 2015, journalist Christopher Pollon and photographer Ben Nelms paddled the 83-kilometre section of the river that will be destroyed by this controversial $8.8-billion project. They concluded their trip by touring the same stretch by land, interviewing and photographing the locals who stand to lose everything.

The Banff Mountain Book Competition celebrates mountain literature across a number of genres and forms, from fiction and poetry to image and guidebooks. The Mountain Environment and Natural History prize is sponsored by Backroad Mapbooks, and the winner will receive $2000. The prizes will be presented to the finalists from each of the seven categories, as well as the Grand Prize, on Thursday, November 2 at The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.


Seeking Submissions for Al Purdy Tribute Anthology

Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 5:10pm

To mark the centenary of the birth of famed Canadian poet Al Purdy, Harbour Publishing is calling for submissions for a 2018 anthology of poems written in tribute to the author, to be edited by BC poet Tom Wayman, with Emma Skagen.

Purdy, who died in 2000, wrote more than three dozen collections of poems, two memoirs, a novel, and a number of anthologies and collections of his correspondence. He twice was awarded the Governor General’s Literary Award for poetry, and was an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Member of the Order of Ontario. His volume Rooms for Rent in the Outer Planets: Selected Poems 1963–1996 was a Canada Reads 2006 selection.

Purdy is “the closest thing to a national poet English Canada has produced,” according to Toronto poet, anthologist and critic Dennis Lee. A statue of the poet was erected in Queen’s Park in Toronto in 2008. “Every word of Purdy’s collected poems sings with greatness,” critic Robert Wiersema wrote in the Canadian publishing trade journal Quill & Quire.

Harbour Publishing issued several of Purdy’s books between 1993 and 2014, including Beyond Remembering: The Collected Poems of Al Purdy in 2000. Harbour Publishing head Howard White echoes Dennis Lee in calling Purdy “Canada’s poet.” “Anybody can read him, and have a ball doing it,” White said. “I can’t think of a poet that would do all Canadians more good to sit down and read at this point in our history. It might save us yet.” 

Previously published and new poems written in Purdy’s honour are both eligible for consideration. Up to three poems per poet may be submitted; the deadline for submissions is Purdy’s 99th birthday, Dec. 30, 2017. In addition to their poems, poets should include: 

  • a short bio (maximum 50 words);
  • a brief statement about what Purdy and/or or his poems have meant to the writer (maximum 200 words); and
  • the name of the original publisher of any previously printed Purdy tribute poems.

Submissions should be sent to or Attn: Purdy Tribute Anthology, P.O. Box 219, Madeira Park, BC V0N 2H0. See Harbour Publishing's Submission Guidelines for more information.


Harbour Publishing's Fall Books Preview - Part 2!

Posted: Monday, August 28, 2017 at 5:32pm

Harbour Publishing is excited to bring readers a selection of books that celebrate not only the stunning area we live in, but those who work to protect and to educate others about the richness and importance of the Pacific Northwest and its inhabitants.

This summer, we once again experienced devastating wildfires in BC’s interior, a phenomenon that many of us on the west coast are lucky enough to remain sheltered from. In Chasing Smoke, firefighter Aaron Williams describes his experience on the front lines of BC’s valiant efforts to battle these fires, from the grueling training to the sixteen-hour days spent in constant danger, plagued by heavy smoke, falling trees and physical exhaustion.

In Raven Walks Around the World, another memoir coming this October, Thom Henley describes his years wandering throughout the northwest coast before arriving in Haida Gwaii, where Haida Elders affirmed that they had been expecting him. Henley collaborated with Haida Elders in the creation of the Gwaii Haanas National Park and later co-founded the Rediscovery wilderness education program for youth.

In September, Howard Macdonald Stewart’s Views of the Salish Sea delivers a fascinating and multi-faceted portrait of the Salish Sea. Interweaving geography, biology, history and economics, this is a deft examination spanning a century and a half of one of the country’s richest and most diverse regions.

For those eager to explore outside of the cozy pages of books, Anne and Laurence Yeadon-Jones have updated Volume 6 of their Dreamspeaker Cruising Guide series, navigating the West Coast of Vancouver Island for avid boaters looking for adventure. Find this guide in stores in October.

Follow us on Twitter for the latest reviews and event listings for these and the rest of our books!


Congratulations to Colin Henthorne

Posted: August 17, 2017

Harbour is pleased to announce that author Colin Henthorne has just been awarded the Canadian Nautical Research Society’s Keith Matthews Award for a book deserving special recognition for The Queen of the North Disaster: The Captain’s Story.

The award is given to a maritime book published the preceding year, which, in the view of the award committee, “offers an important record that would, in the future, be cited by historians.” The jury lauded Henthorne’s book for providing a comprehensive and balanced account of the marine tragedy.

The winners of the Keith Matthews Awards were announced in August at the Canadian Nautical Research Society’s annual conference in Halifax, NS.


Harbour Publishing's Fall Books Preview!

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 10:18am

As the summer winds down, we look ahead to the changing season and to a new list of books!


Harbour Publishing is excited to present the latest from bestselling author Chris Czajkowski, Harry: A Wilderness Dog Saga, just in time for the dog days of summer! Told from the perspective of Harry, Chris’s gregarious and loveable canine companion, this book captures the excitement and adventure of life in the wilderness from a unique point of view.

It Can Be Done

We’re also pleased to share two inspiring tales rooted here in BC.

It Can Be Done: An Ordinary Man's Extraordinary Success is the autobiography of Chick Stewart, written with Michele Carter, which shares the story behind Surrey’s S & R Sawmills.

Vertical Horizons

Douglas M. Grant’s Vertical Horizons: The History of Okanagan Helicopters reveals the swashbuckling history of Okanagan Helicopters, which began as a three-man venture and grew into an international operation. Both books include first-hand accounts of ingenuity, diligence and success as well as the history of vital BC industries. 

It Can Be Done is available now, and Vertical Horizons lands in stores in October.

Tailer Park Elegy
Finally, the much-anticipated and “intensely poignant, heart-rending” new poetry collection from Hornby Island poet Cornelia Hoogland arrives in September. Set on the Salish Sea and spanning its history, Trailer Park Elegy explores Hoogland’s grief surrounding the loss of her brother and examines the shifting effects of his absence.

Be sure to check our events calendar for information on upcoming readings, and find us on Facebook for more exciting news about these and the rest of our new books!


Frank Appleton shortlisted for the Taste Canada Awards

Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 2:57pm

Congratulations to craft beer pioneer Frank Appleton, author of Brewing Revolution: Pioneering the Craft Beer Movement! Frank is a finalist for the Taste Canada Awards, recognizing the best culinary books published in Canada each year. He is shortlisted in the Culinary Narratives category, which includes titles that explore culinary history, politics, social awareness and memoirs or biographies relating to food or beverages.

This is the second honour of the year for Frank, who was longlisted for the prestigious National Business Book Award earlier in 2017.

Brewing Revolution is the inspiring story behind today’s craft beer revolution. In this entertaining and informative memoir, Appleton, an English-trained brewmaster 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, to a forward look at the craft beer industry in an ever more competitive market.

Appleton has been a consultant brewmaster to twenty brewing operations, advising in aspects such as brewery design, start-up and brewer training. In 2009, Appleton received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Craft Brewing from CAMRA Victoria Chapter. He lives in Edgewood, BC.

The other books shortlisted for the Culinary Narratives Taste Canada Award are Food Artisans of the Okanagan by Jennifer Cockrall-King (TouchWood Editions), Food to Grow: A Simple, No-Fail Guide to Growing Your Own Vegetables, Fruits and Herbs by Frankie Flowers (HarperCollins), 100 Million Years of Food: What Our Ancestors Ate and Why It Matters Today by Stephen Le (HarperCollins) and 150 Years of Canadian Beer Labels by Lawrence C. Sherk (TouchWood Editions).

The winners of this year’s Taste Canada Awards will be announced on October 30, 2017 at a gala in Toronto.


Daniel Francis receives the BCHF Community History Award

Posted: Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 11:10am

Congratulations to Daniel Francis, who was awarded the British Columbia Historical Federation's Community History Award for his latest book, Where Mountains Meet the Sea: An Illustrated History of the District of North Vancouver. Francis was presented with the award, which recognizes valued collections of local history and research in a particular area, at the Book Awards Gala at the BCHF Annual Conference on May 27, 2017.

Where Mountains Meet the Sea commemorates the 125th anniversary of the District of North Vancouver's incorporation as a municipality. Combining hundreds of illustrations with the personal accounts of residents and a lively text, the book presents the story of North Vancouver in all its colour and complexity.

Daniel Francis is a historian and author of over twenty books, and an editor of the Encyclopedia of British Columbia. Francis lives in North Vancouver, BC.


Carol Daniels selected 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 selected for the First Nation Communities READ program for 2017-2018. Bearskin Diary is also the recipient of the Aboriginal Literature Award, which recognizes the work of creators of outstanding Aboriginal literature, and will be presented to Daniels as part of the National Aboriginal Day celebrations in Toronto on June 28.

The First Nation Communities READ jury considered more than 50 submissions before choosing Bearskin Diary as this year's title. The other finalists included Missing Nimama by Melanie Florence (Clockwise Press), Price Paid by Bev Sellers (Talonbooks), They Called Me Number One by Bev Sellers (Talonbooks) and How I Became a Ghost by Tim Tingle (The Roadrunner Press).

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. 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

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.


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.  


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.


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.” 


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.


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.


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.


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!