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Howard White on Tour!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 8:41pm

Our award-winning publisher Howard White is on tour this March! Howard will be talking about and reading from his father’s two memoirs, That Went by Fast: My First Hundred Years and Milk Spills and One-Log Loads: Memories of a Pioneer Truck Driver. He will also be available to do a Q&A about the writing and publishing industry in BC at his events. You can catch him on the following dates:

  • Campbell River - March 11
  • Victoria - March 12 (with Ben Parfitt)
  • Nanaimo - March 14
  • Courtenay - March 15
  • Powell River - March 16

That Went by Fast and Milk Spills and One-Log Loads, written by centenarian Frank White, sift through White's many adventures. Born at the start of the First World War and maturing during the Great Depression, Frank White worked variously as a pioneer truck logger, camp owner, boat builder, home builder, excavating contractor, garage mechanic and waterworks operator, among other things. Then in later life he married the sophisticated and well-connected New Yorker writer Edith Iglauer and started a totally different way of life consisting of opera, celebrity dinners and world travel. His ironic observations on the differences between the two worlds make for fascinating and frequently hilarious reading.

For more information, please visit our Events Calendar.

Congratulations to our BC Book Prize nominees!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 6:26pm

It was announced today that Harbour Publishing garnered six award nominations for this year’s BC Book Prizes – more than any other publisher! Congratulations to our authors, who are finalists in the following categories:

Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Book Prize

Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize

Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award

We are also thrilled to share that Nightwood Editions received a nomination for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize for For Your Safety, Please Hold On by Kayla Czaga, and our sister press, Douglas & McIntyre, received a nomination for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize for The Elusive Mr. Pond: The Soldier, Fur Trader and Explorer Who Opened the Northwest, by Dr. Barry Gough, who is also a Harbour author!

The BC Book Prizes is awarded annually in seven categories, with the intent to celebrate the best writing and publishing in the province. The awards carry a cash prize of $2000 plus a certificate. The winners of the BC Book Prizes will be announced at an awards gala in Vancouver on April 25, 2015.

The Sea Among Us shortlisted for the 2015 Basil Stuart-Stubbs Book Prize

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 4:03pm

Congratulations to editors and contributors Richard Beamish and Gordon McFarlane, whose book, The Sea Among Us: The Amazing Strait of Georgia, has been shortlisted for the 2015 Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia. This annual prize, sponsored by UBC Library and the Pacific BookWorld News Society, recognizes the best scholarly book published by a Canadian author on a BC subject.

This is the second time in as many weeks the book has received accolades. Just last week, The Sea Among Us won the American Fisheries Society's Haig Brown Award, following a ten-week-long stint on the BC Bestseller list and a recent second printing due to high demand. In the book, twelve expert contributors came together to present a comprehensive study of the Strait of Georgia in all its aspects. With chapters on fish, marine mammals, geology, oceanography, birds, history of settlement and of industry, among others, it is the function of this book to inform British Columbians about the Strait of Georgia.

Richard Beamish has a PhD in Zoology from the University of Toronto and has worked with numerous research organizations. He is the recipient of the Prix D’Excellence, the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals, the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia. He was also a member of the International Panel on Climate Change that received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

Gordon McFarlane spent 30 years as a researcher at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo. He was a member and advisor to numerous international negotiating teams and participated in the development and conduct of a number of international research programs. He has authored more than 200 publications concerning the biology and assessment of marine resources.

Also shortlisted for the Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize is French Canadians, Fur, and Indigenous Women in the Making of the Pacific Northwest by Jean Barman (University of British Columbia Press), and Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge: Ethnohistory and the Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples of Northwestern North America by Nancy J. Turner (McGill-Queen’s University Press). The winning title will be announced later this spring.

Alicia Priest, author of A Rock Fell on the Moon, passes away

Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 4:38pm

It is with sad hearts that we announce the passing of Alicia Priest, long time journalist and Victoria-based author of the recently released A Rock Fell on the Moon: Dad and the Great Yukon Silver Ore Heist. Alicia passed away on Tuesday, January 13.

Alicia was diagnosed with ALS in 2012. At the time, she had already begun her research for her first book, but her diagnosis was “the ultimate deadline” to finish it. She quit her job and dedicated herself to telling her family’s story while she was still healthy enough to write it.

ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Alicia has described it as a relentless, muscle-destroying mutation that results in total body paralysis and death. It’s considered a rare disease, and even today, it has no cure. Alicia’s excitement about the process of writing her book overshadowed the progression of the disease, but she decided that all author royalties from its sale were to go to the ALS Canada, as well as the Canadian Wilderness Society.

A Rock Fell on the Moon is a memoir in which Alicia conducts her own investigation into the infamous theft committed by her father, Gerald Priest, in the small Yukon mining town of Elsa in the 1960s: Gerry stole $160,000 worth of silver ore out from under the nose of one of the largest mining companies in Canada. He didn’t get away with it, and his family could only watch aghast as the idyllic life they knew crumbled around them.

Not only did Alicia meet her deadline, she saw the book published, and witnessed its subsequent wild success. She was able to attend multiple book events and sign books while her husband, Ben Parfitt, and her daughter, Charlotte, read for packed bookstores. Alicia’s memoir is a fantastic story, and we are so honoured to have been able to publish it, as well as to work with Alicia and Ben in the process.

Alicia Priest was a journalist for over twenty-five years, with newspaper, radio, magazine and reporting writing experience. Her work has appeared in the Globe & Mail, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Georgia Strait, Vancouver Sun, Vancouver Magazine and Western Living.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 10:48am

Our very best wishes to all our readers, customers, authors and colleagues from Howard, Mary,  Alison, Anna, Annie, Brianna, Bruce, Corina, Dani, Darren, Deanna, Geoff, Grace, Grace, Heather, James, Jan, Karissa, Marisa, Natalia, Nicola, Pauline, Regina, Sam, Shed, Silas and Zoe and the whole gang at Harbour/D&M/Nightwood.

The harbour office will be closed Christmas Day and News Years Day.

New Reader Joins Harbour Family

Monday, December 1, 2014 at 4:46pm

Congratulations to Harbour author (Mountie in Mukluks) and former staffer Patrick White and his wife Ariel Brewster on their newest production, a baby boy born November 30. As the sleep-deprived but proud father writes:

"This little fella said hello to the world at around 2:30 this morning after a labour that came so quick we had to abandon our Chinese take-out mid-noodle.

He is precisely seven pounds and has already experienced the joy of peeing on his dad. He saves his best behaviour for his super-hero mom, who made this whole thing look easy.

Best of all, when we arrived home at 5:30 a.m., the cold take-out was there waiting for us along with Guinness in the fridge. If someone had told us parenthood means you get to eat Shanghai noodles and drink celebratory stout in bed, we would have done this years ago."

Patrick, Ariel and Callan Carmichael White

Book Launch in Vancouver

Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 12:42pm

Shore to ShoreIn Shore to Shore: The Art of Ts’uts’umutl Luke Marston, journalist Suzanne Fournier tells the story of one of the first pieces of Coast Salish art to be installed in Stanley Park and the artist who created it. The sculpture—titled Shore to Shore—depicts three figures of huge importance in the history of coastal British Columbia: Portuguese Joe Silvey, one of the province's most colourful pioneers; Khaltinaht, a noblewoman from the Musqueam and Squamish First Nations and Silvey’s first wife; and Kwatleematt (Lucy), a Sechelt First Nation matriarch and Silvey’s second wife.

Fournier and Marston (who is the great-great-grandson of Portuguese Joe Silvey and Kwatleematt) will be joined by other members of the Silvey family in celebrating the launch of the book at the Bill Reid Gallery (639 Hornby St., Vancouver) on Saturday, November 29 at 2pm. This free event is open to the public; food and refreshments will be made available, courtesy of the Consulate Of Portugal and Salishan Catering.

The Shore to Shore sculpture was conceived out of a need to honour Marston's First Nations and Portuguese ancestry and family history in Stanley Park. In it, Joe Silvey, Khatlinaht and Kwatleematt are surrounded by the tools of their trade: a seine net (Silvey was the first to take out a seine fishery license in BC); fishing net needles; a short throw net; and a whaling harpoon. Silvey is holding a spring salmon by the gills, representing the industry that allowed the family to thrive. The trio stands under a cod lure, which was used by First Nations. Each of the three fins of the lure is carved with the symbols and crests that represent the three figures.

In telling the story of this monumental sculpture and Marston's art, Suzanne Fournier combines interviews, research and creative non-fiction narration. She recounts Marston’s career, from his early beginnings carving totems for the public at the Royal BC Museum, to his study under Haida artist Robert Davidson and jewellery master Valentin Yotkov, to his visits to both his ancestral homes: Reid Island and the Portuguese Azores island of Pico—journeys which provided inspiration for the Shore to Shore statue. Fournier also outlines the significance of the statue itself, and in doing so weaves together a rich and fascinating history.

David Zieroth Launches New Poetry Collection

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 7:25pm

Please join the Capilano Library, 32 Books and Harbour Publishing for the book launch of Albrecht Dürer and me, the newest poetry collection from Governor-General’s Award-winning poet David Zieroth. The Capilano library will host the event on Thursday, November 27 at 7pm, and books will be available for sale from 32 Books.

Albrecht Dürer and me is an autobiographical travelogue following the author’s journeys through Europe, which explores the transformative effect of dislocation. Inspired by and responding to art and music, history and war, architecture and place, Zieroth unearths the knowledge that can be realized only by leaving home.

The Capilano Library is located at 3045 Highland Boulevard in North Vancouver. Admission to the event is free, and everyone is welcome to attend, although pre-registration is requested. For more information, or to register for the event, please phone the library at (604) 987-4471, local 8175.

Congratulations to Patrick Lane

Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 11:59am

Congratulations to Patrick Lane, who now has a new honour to add to the end of his name--O.C., or Officer of the Order of Canada, which recognizes a lifetime of achievement and merit of a high degree, especially in service to Canada or to humanity at large. On November 21 he attended the investiture ceremony in Ottawa.  

Lane is one of Canada’s most renowned writers. His distinguished career spans fifty years and over twenty-five volumes of poetry as well as award-winning books of fiction and non-fiction. ...

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

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.

Rachel Rose appointed Vancouverís Poet Laureate

Friday, October 3, 2014 at 11:40am

Congratulations to award-winning poet, essayist and writer Rachel Rose, who has just been appointed Vancouver’s fourth Poet Laureate!

The Poet Laureate Program was established by the City Council in December 2006, and aims to develop literature and literacy in Vancouver’s cultural landscape. During the three year term, Rose plans to connect emerging poets with chefs, urban farmers, food bank workers, beekeepers and others to create a collection of poetry inspired by food.

Rose says that “All of us carry memories of those foods that taste like home… Poetry inspired by food invites poets to write provocative work about the environment, class, immigration, and occupation, but it also allows us to celebrate our city's strengths in a way that brings us together. ...

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Tim Bowling announced as Judge for Griffin Poetry Prize 2015

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 4:38pm

The trustees of The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry have announced Tim Bowling (Canada), Fanny Howe (USA) and Piotr Sommer (Poland) as the judges for the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize.

Tim Bowling is the author of twelve poetry collections, including Selected Poems (Nightwood Editions, 2013) and Circa Nineteen Hundred and Grief (Gaspareau Press, 2014) and of four novels and two works of non-fiction. His work has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, two nominations for the Governor General's Award, two Writers' Trust nominations and five Alberta Book Awards. Originally from Ladner, Bowling now resides in Edmonton, Alberta.

Books shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize will be announced on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. The winners will be named at an awards ceremony in Toronto on Thursday, June 4, 2015.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 4:55pm

Douglas & McIntyre, the original imprint of British Columbia’s long-time flagship book publisher, will live to see another day thanks to a new alliance with Harbour Publishing, another long-established British Columbian publisher. Harbour owners Howard and Mary White reached an agreement to purchase assets associated with the famous imprint from its former owner, D&M Publishers Inc.

D&M Publishers Inc. published under two imprints, Douglas & McIntyre and Greystone Books. During reorganization the imprints have been separated and sold as individual entities. The Douglas & McIntyre imprint dates back to 1971 when the original publishing company was co-founded by Jim Douglas and Scott McIntyre. The Douglas & McIntyre list is made up of some 500 titles including the Giller-Prize-winning novel The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skribsrud; the CBC Canada Reads contender Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese; British Columbia: A New Historical Atlas by Derek Hayes and works by such eminent Canadian authors as Emily Carr, Bill Reid, Wayson Choy, Doris Shadbolt, Wade Davis, Bill Richardson, Douglas Coupland, Will Ferguson and others.

The Whites plan to operate Douglas & McIntyre as a separate company with its own editorial direction, maintaining the press’s focus on First Nations, art, fiction and books directed at the national and international market. All Douglas & McIntyre titles will continue to be distributed by Harper Collins in Canada with no interruption of service.

White had been “concerned, like everyone else,” when D&M filed for creditor protection last year. “I have been admiring Douglas & McIntyre since we started publishing books together 40 years ago,” White says. “I just felt if there was a role for Harbour to play in keeping that great program going, we had to do it.”

Harbour has successfully partnered with other presses in past, including Nightwood Editions, Caitlin Press, Bluefield Books and Lost Moose Books. None of these was the size of D&M and White doesn’t underestimate the scale of the new undertaking.

“We plan to take it one step at a time,” he says, adding that he will be contacting D&M authors over the next few days and urging them “to work with us to make sure this great Canadian publishing tradition carries on for years to come.”

Distribution Change: Caitlin Press

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 2:53pm

Please note that Caitlin Press titles will be represented by Michael Reynolds & Associates, and distributed by Publishers Group Canada in 2013.

Important Dates for Retailers:

Caitlin Spring 2013 frontlist titles will be available for order from Michael Reynolds & Associate beginning January 1, 2013.

Backlist titles are available through Harbour Publishing only until February 22, 2013.

After February 22, 2013,  all orders must be placed with Michael Reynolds & Associates.

Please note that Caitlin returns will be only be accepted by Harbour Publishing until February 28, 2013.

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KnowBC: Revamped & Renewed

Monday, January 9, 2012 at 12:35pm

Harbour Publishing and ERAC have partnered, once again, to include in this year’s ERAC bundle. Member schools across British Columbia will have access to the new and expanded edition of KnowBC. was launched in 2001 as the online edition of Harbour Publishing’s Encyclopedia of British Columbia. In 2010, KnowBC underwent expansive changes to include, not just a new design, but the addition of major reference works from Harbour Publishing:

·     Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest: A Photographic Encyclopedia of Invertebrates, Seaweeds and Selected  Fishes

·     The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names: A Complete Reference to Coastal British Columbia

·     Far West: The Story of British Columbia

·     Raincoast Chronicles 20: Lilies and Fireweed: Frontier Women of British Columbia

·     Where Mountains Meet the Sea: A History of Coastal BC

Other features of the expanded edition include quizzes, fact pages, French language articles, resources for students and curriculum-based resources for teachers, such as lesson plans and handouts.

“This has been a major redevelopment of the KnowBC website. Our aim is to make KnowBC the main vehicle for delivering Harbour’s continually expanding library of BC reference and history texts online. We intend this site to be a must-have product for every BC school, library and public institution.”
                                                                                                                                                                     — Howard White, publisher continues to evolve—videos, maps, feature articles, and related online and print resources are added weekly, and the KnowBC blog is updated regularly by the Encyclopedia of BC editors with, among other things, installments of a major new historical work, Where Mountains Meet the Sea: The History of Coastal BC.

The redevelopment of has succeeded in making the website an essential resource for the province’s educational institutions, and represents a commitment to teaching our children their own unique local history, culture and geography. To confirm your school or library’s membership, please visit For technical inquiries, please email

ERAC is a member based association of BC public school districts and many independent schools. ERAC evaluates resources such as novels, educational software and print, and shares the results with its members through its online collection. is also available for subscription by individuals. With reference books valuing nearly $300 in printed form, and more information added regularly, is an affordable and convenient medium for accessing this expansive collection. Please email or call 1.800.667.2988 to subscribe.