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Harbour Publishing and Nightwood Editions Congratulate Barry Gough and Tim Bowling, Finalists for Major National Literary Award

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Victoria historian, Dr. Barry Gough and Edmonton writer, Tim Bowling have both been shortlisted for the prestigious Nereus Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize for their newest works, Fortune’s a River: The Collision of Empires in Northwest America (Harbour Publishing) and The Lost Coast: Salmon, Memory and the Death of Wild Culture (Nightwood Editions).

When author Barry Gough, who was reached as he was traveling in the Lower Mainland, found out about the shortlist he said he was, “quite excited and honoured to be selected, especially in such great company. I was on the road when I heard, and it was quite a nice surprise.”

“I was delighted to learn that The Lost Coast has been shortlisted for this prestigious award,” says Bowling, reached at his Edmonton home. “It is always gratifying and humbling when a jury of peers finds merit in one’s work, especially when the work in question is a labour of love for a place, a people, and a time that have always meant so much to me.”

Gough was the founding director of Canadian Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. As the author of ten previous books, he has been called the “foremost expositor of BC nautical history.”

Bowling has published three novels and seven poetry collections, and is the recipient of the Petra Kenney International Poetry Prize, the Jack Chalmers Award, the National Poetry Award, the Stephan G. Stephansson Award and the Orillia International Poetry Prize.

The Nereus Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize is a Canadian literary award, presented annually by Nereus Financial and the Writers’ Trust of Canada, for the best work of non-fiction by a Canadian writer.  The winner receives a prize of $15,000, and all finalists receive $2,000. The winner will be announced on April 1, 2008 in Toronto.