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Harbour Authors Win Big at the BC Book Prizes


Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 11:59am

BC Book PrizesHarbour Publishing congratulates its BC Book Prize winners! It was a sweep at Saturday’s 28th annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes held at SFU Woodward’s on May 12th.

The late, great Chuck Davis won two awards for his famed book The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver. Edna Davis, Chuck’s widow, accepted the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize and the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award on his behalf. In his sweeping magnum opus, Chuck Davis tackled the history of metropolitan Vancouver with his characteristic flair for storytelling and quirky detail, an impressive work that was embraced by readers all across the province. Chuck’s tome was up against some tough competition for the Bookseller’s Choice Award, beating out Eating Dirt by Charlotte Gill (Greystone Books in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation), Fred Herzog: Photographs by Fred Herzog (Douglas & McIntyre Publishers Inc.), Island Wineries of British Columbia by Gary Hynes (TouchWood Editions) and Walk Like a Man: Coming of Age with the Music of Bruce Springsteen by Robert J. Wiersema (Greystone Books).

Sunshine Coast poet John Pass was awarded the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize for crawlspace. The poems in crawlspace work within the narrowing passages imposed upon us by the inevitable strictures and limitations of living and experience: aging, love and loss, tightening or unraveling family ties.

The BC Book Prizes, established in 1985, celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers. The Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize is awarded to the author of the best work of poetry. The Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize is awarded to the author(s) of the book which contributes most to the enjoyment and understanding of British Columbia. The Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award is presented to the originating publisher and author(s) of the best book in terms of public appeal, initiative, design, production and content. BC bookstore owners determine the winner by ballot.

Harbour Publishing is honoured to work with such talented authors on books that contribute so much to our province. Congratulations to all the other winners and nominees!