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Award-winning BC Author-Illustrator Duo Nominated for Jeanne Clarke Award

Posted: Friday, January 31, 2020 at 4:12pm

The Prince George Public Library Board has announced that Voices from the Skeena (Harbour Publishing, $29.95), by Victoria author Robert “Lucky” Budd and Northern BC author Roy Henry Vickers, has been nominated for the 35th annual Jeanne Clarke Local History Award.

The award is presented annually to individuals or groups for outstanding contributions in the preservation and promotion of local and regional history. The awards reception will take place at the Central BC Railway and Forestry Museum on Sunday, February 23.

Voices from the Skeena takes readers on a journey inspired directly by the people who lived along the Skeena River. The Skeena, second longest river in the province, remains an icon of British Columbia’s northwest. Called Xsien (“water of the clouds”) by the Tsimshian and Gitksan, it has always played a vital role in the lives of Indigenous people of the region. Since the 1800s, it has also become home to gold seekers, traders, salmon fishers and other settlers who were drawn by the area’s beauty and abundant natural resources. Combining forty vivid and evocative illustrations with text selected from pioneer interviews recorded by CBC radio producer Imbert Orchard in the 1960s, the book follows the arrival of the Europeans and the introduction of the fur trade to the Omineca gold rush and the building of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway.

Budd was also recently honoured by the University of Victoria with a Distinguished Alumni Award. Budd completed a Masters in History in 2005 and now works as an author and oral historian. Vickers is an acclaimed artist known for his striking prints of West Coast landscapes. He runs an artist-owned gallery in Tofino, BC, where--if you’re lucky--you can find him telling stories around the centre pit. He lives in Hazelton, BC. Vickers and Budd have collaborated on many award-winning books over the years, including Raven Brings the Light (Harbour Publishing, $19.95) and the First West Coast Books series for children.

A big congratulations to Robert Budd and Roy Henry Vickers!