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Congrats to 2010 Book of the Year Award Nominee, Elsie Hulsizer!

Posted: March 14, 2011

Congratulations to Harbour Publishing author Elsie Hulsizer! Her book, Glaciers, Bears and Totems: Sailing in Search of the Real Southeast Alaska, has been shortlisted for a Foreword Reviews 2010 Book of the Year Award, in the category of "travel essays." Representing more than 350 publishers, the finalists were selected from 1400 entries in 56 categories.

Foreword Reviews is a print and online book review magazine run out of Traverse, Michigan, which publishes thousands of reviews each year. Winners of their Book of the Year Award will be determined by a panel of librarians and booksellers selected from their readership. Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners, as well as Editor’s Choice Prizes for Fiction and Non-fiction will be announced at a special program at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans this June. The winners of the two Editor's Choice Prizes will be awarded $1,500 each and ForeWord’s Independent Publisher of the Year will also be announced. The ceremony is open to all ALA attendees and exhibiting publishers.

The other books nominated in the “travel essays” category are: Across America by Bicycle by Alice Honeywell and Bobbi Montgomery; Down Under Over Easy by Joan Trill; Over the Top & Back Again by Brandon Wilson; The Best Travel Writing 2010 by James O'Reilly, Larry Habegger and Sean O'Reilly; and Whisky, Kilts, and the Loch ness Monster by William W. Starr.

Marine writer Elsie Hulsizer, whose popular Voyages to Windward unlocked the mysteries of cruising Vancouver Island’s west coast, has done the same for that other great unknown of West Coast cruising, Southeastern Alaska, in Glaciers, Bears and Totems. Having avoided the Alaskan challenge for years, Elsie and her husband Steve set out on the trusty Osprey on May 14, 2006, and spent the next three summers sailing, writing and photographing the towering fjords, immaculate glaciers, throwback fishing villages and overexposed tourist traps of America’s largest state. They drifted past calving glaciers, watched bears feeding in green marshes, smelled the fresh cedar of newly carved totem poles and followed the path of gold prospectors on the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad. Sometimes it was difficult to discern the real Alaska beneath the façade, but Hulsizer finds it in many places, from the wild beauty of the ocean to the small coastal villages she visits and, sometimes, even where the tourists go. Glaciers, Bears and Totems is a rich book of adventure travel that is as valuable for its reading fun as for its travel information.

An Environmental professional with a degree in oceanography, Elsie Hulsizer lives in Seattle with her husband Steve. She has a certificate in fine art photography from the Photographic Center Northwest and has exhibited her art in various galleries including Seattle’s Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center. The Hulsizers have sailed the West Coast of Vancouver Island 19 times since 1980. Between sailing adventures on Osprey, she serves on the Washington State Board of Pilotage Commissioners which licenses the pilots who guide ships on Puget Sound, and on the Board of Trustees for Seattle’s Center for Wooden Boats.