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Harbour authors take home first and second prize at the B.C. Historical Writing Awards

Posted: May 24, 2015

Mark Forsythe and Greg Dickson have won first prize in the British Columbia Historical Federation's Historical Writing Awards for their book, From the West Coast to the Western Front: British Columbians and the Great War. They both received the B.C. Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Historical Writing at an awards ceremony in Quesnel on Saturday, May 23, as well as a $2,500 prize. Previous winners of this prestigious award include Jean Barman, Nancy Turner, Barry Gough, Jane Watt and Chuck Davis.

Robert Budd took home the second prize (worth $1,500) for his book, Echoes of British Columbia: Voices From the Frontier (Harbour Publishing, $35.00)

From the West Coast the Western Front was published to mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. In this compelling book, Forsythe, the former host of CBC Radio’s mid-day show BC Almanac, teamed up with Dickson to compile stories, artifacts and photos sent in by BC Almanac listeners from across the province. The result is a sweeping portrayal of that crucial chapter of BC history that reveals much about the spirit and resilience of a people who survived one of history’s greatest disasters to build the province we have today.

Echoes of British Columbia: Voices From the Frontier combines text, archival photographs and original sound recordings of stories from BC's pinoneers on three CDs. It brings the reader (and listener) in intimate contact with British Columbia’s past.

The BC Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing is awarded annually to the author(s) whose book makes the most significant contribution to the historical literature of British Columbia. The other finalists for the 2015 Historical Writing Award were: Blood and Sweat Over the Railway Tracks: Chinese Labourers Constructing the Canadian Pacific Railway (1880-1885) by Lily Siewsan Chow (UBC & Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC); The History of Leechtown, Part I: The VIEE and the Discovery of Gold on the Sook and Leech Rivers, edited by Bart van den Berk (VandenBerk-Books); Live at the Commodore: The Story of Vancouver's Historic Commodore Ballroom by Aaron Chapman (Arsenal Pulp Press); Written as I Remember It: Teachings (? ms ta? aw) from the Life of a Sliammon Elder by Elsie Paul (UBC Press) and Surveying Southern British Columbia: A Photojournal of Frank Swannell, 1901-07 by Jay Sherwood (Caitlin Press).