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Daniel Francis Wins the 2014 Mayor's Arts Award for Literary Excellence


Posted: Friday, October 3, 2014 at 2:06pm

Daniel Francis, an author, editorial director and columnist, has received the 2014 Mayor’s Arts Award for Literary Excellence! The Mayor's Arts Awards celebrate distinction in arts and culture in the city of Vancouver.

Daniel Francis has written two dozen books during his career, and he is known for combining engaging narrative with the investigation of deeper historical themes.  His most recent book, Closing Time: Prohibition, Rum-Runners and Border Wars was released by Douglas & McIntyre this September. It uncovers the history of North American prohibition from a Canadian perspective, revealing our country's role in keeping an apparently dry America supplied with booze and giving context to our own (rather brief) period of teetotalling. Complete with more than 200 images—including archival photos, newspaper clippings, and artifacts from the Jazz Age, Closing Time is an exceptional account of a fascinating time period.

Other recent books by Daniel Francis include Trucking in British Columbia: An Illustrated History and Selling Canada: Three Propaganda Campaigns that Shaped the Nation (SA&D, 2011). He was also the editorial director of the Encyclopedia of British Columbia. In 2010, Francis was shortlisted for the prestigious Pierre Berton Award, which recognizes excellence in bringing Canadian history to a wide popular audience.