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Denman Island author shortlisted for BC Historical Federation Award

Posted: Monday, April 23, 2018 at 2:47pm

Congratulations to Denman Island author Howard Macdonald Stewart, whose book, Views of the Salish Sea: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Change around the Strait of Georgia (Harbour Publishing, $39.95) is a finalist for the British Columbia Historical Federation’s Historical Writing Competition! Views of the Salish Sea is in the running for the competition’s top prize, theLieutenant Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing, which comes with $2500.

In Views of the Salish Sea, author Howard Macdonald Stewart considers the complex relationship of humans to the expansive and diverse region of the Strait of Georgia, from colonization to the commodification of resources like fish and lumber, to modern recreation and waste disposal. The book traces the history of the Strait as an interrelated whole, one that we must carefully work to protect if we wish to preserve its inherent richness.

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 also contributed to numerous periodicals and professional and academic publications. He lives on Denman Island, BC.

The BCHF Historical Writing Awards are presented annually to authors whose books contribute significantly to the historical literature of British Columbia. The prizes will be awarded at the 2018 BCHF Conference in Nakusp, BC, hosted by the Arrow Lakes Historical Society from May 24 – 27, 2018.