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Chainsaws: a History wins Arts Hamilton Award!!

Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Author David Lee’s book Chainsaws: A History won the 2007 Award for Best Non-Fiction Book presented by Arts Hamilton at an award ceremony in Hamilton on Wednesday night, November 28.

Chainsaws was one of two 2006 books by David Lee that were nominated for the award, the other being The Battle of the Five Spot: Ornette Coleman and the New York Jazz Field (The Mercury Press).

In his acceptance speech, Lee explained how his book covers an aspect of history not usually documented: “A lot of people who work with their hands—designing machines, using them, repairing them, dreaming up new ways that this or that might be done—have built a legacy that, although we can see it all around us, tends not to be documented in the print medium that this ceremony celebrates.”

Lee adds this award to his collection for the national bestseller Chainsaws, winning the US magazine Independent Publisher’s IPPY award for Best Western Canadian Regional Title earlier this year.

David Lee has been fascinated and frustrated by chainsaws since the early ‘90s when he moved to the Sunshine Coast and had to heat his house as cheaply as possible. He is author of Four-Wheeling on Southern Vancouver Island: Victoria to Tofino (Harbour Publishing), The Battle of the Five Spot: Ornette Coleman and the New York Jazz Field (Mercury Press), and with Paul Bley, Stopping Time: Paul Bley and the Transformation of Jazz (Vehiculé Press). David now lives in Hamilton, Ontario, where he no longer heats with wood, but still misses the thrill of a saw in his hands.