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Posted: April 28, 2003

Last Saturday, the Sunshine Coast’s Harbour Publishing brought home two of the most prestigious book awards BC has to offer.

Harbour, leading the 35-book shortlist with seven nominations, won two BC Book Prizes: The Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize for the biography Tong: The Story of Tong Louie, Vancouver's Quiet Titan by Ernest Perrault and The Bill Duthie Bookseller’s Choice Award for the coffee-table book Skookum Tugs: British Columbia's Working Tugboats with photographs by Robb Douglas and text by Peter A. Robson and Betty Keller.

The BC Book Prize winners were announced at a gala ceremony at the Westin Bayshore Resort and Marina on April 26. Hosted by CBC personality and author Bill Richardson, the 19th annual BC Book Prizes drew a crowd of almost 400 people.

The Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize comes with a $2000 prize for the author and it is awarded to the book that contributes most to the enjoyment and understanding of British Columbia. The Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award comes with a $2000 prize that is shared equally between author and publisher, and it is given to the best book published in British Columbia in terms of public appeal, initiative, design, production and content.

Harbour Publishing also had other titles shortlisted for the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize: Launching History: The Saga of the Burrard Dry Dock by Francis Mansbridge and The Last Island: A Naturalist's Sojourn on Triangle Island by Alison Watt. The Last Island: A Naturalist's Sojourn on Triangle Island was shortlisted for the Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award as well.

Harbour's The Breath You Take From the Lord by Patrick Friesen and My Father's Cup by Tom Wayman were both nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.

For a complete listing of the shortlist and the winners in each category, please visit the BC Book Prizes website.