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Views of the Salish Sea longlisted for the 2018 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature


Posted: Friday, February 16, 2018 at 7:30pm

Congratulations to Howard Macdonald Stewart, whose book, Views of the Salish Sea: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Change around the Strait of Georgia, has been longlisted for the 2018 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature!

Views of the Salish Sea is a deft examination of the Strait of Georgia, which spans 300 kilometres from Victoria to Campbell River and supports over 200 species of fish, 130 species of marine birds, and 16 kinds of marine mammals. Stewart examines this region through a variety of perspectivesas a highway or barrier, waste dump, recreational haven and moreover the past 150 years in an effort to view this region as an interrelated whole, one that we must work to protect if we want to preserve its inherent richness. Views of the Salish Sea has appeared on the BC Bestsellers list since October.

Stewart was born and raised on the shores of the North Salish Sea and has worked for the United Nations, local and national governments, international agencies, communities, NGOs and industries around the world. This book grew out of his PhD thesis in geography at the University of British Columbia. He has contributed to numerous periodicals, and professional and academic publications. He lives on Denman Island.

The George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature is awarded annually to a BC writer who has achieved an outstanding degree of social awareness in a new book published in the preceding calendar year. This year’s 10 longlisted titles were selected from a record number of 52 entries. The shortlist will be announced later this spring.