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Harbour Publishing Wins Two BC Book Prizes!

Posted: May 2, 2005

On April 30, at a gala event in Vancouver where some 300 members of the writing and publishing community gathered to celebrate BC books, Harbour Publishing took home two BC Book prizes, more than any other publisher. Harbour also led the nominations, with four in three categories.

A Stain Upon the Sea: West Coast Salmon Farming, by Stephen Hume, Alexandra Morton, Betty Keller, Rosella Leslie, Otto Langer and Don Staniford, was awarded Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize for contributing most to the enjoyment and understanding of British Columbia.

Harbour Publishing was also recognized for publishing excellence with a BC Booksellers’ Choice Award in Honour of Bill Duthie. Birds of the Raincoast: Habits and Habitat, by Harvey Thommasen, Kevin Hutchings, Mark Hume and Wayne Campbell, was considered the best BC book of the year in terms of public appeal, initiative, design, production and content.

Publisher Howard White was very pleased with the outcome of the evening. “It’s always an honour to be recognized by your peers, especially considering the tough competition and the quality of the other books out there. We’re just thrilled to be acknowledged in this way and to be able to work with such outstanding authors.”

Harbour Publishing’s other nominations were for Raincoast Chronicles 20: Lilies and Fireweed: Frontier Women of British Columbia by Stephen Hume, which was also a finalist for the BC Booksellers’ Choice Award in Honour of Bill Duthie and Go Leaving Strange by Patrick Lane which was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.

For more information about the BC Book Prizes, please visit