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Rod Mickleburgh Wins The George Ryga Award for Social Awareness

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 12:43pm

Rod Mickleburgh has won The George Ryga Award for Social Awareness for his book, On the Line: A History of the British Columbia Labour Movement (Harbour $44.95). The award will be presented in Victoria—at 1 pm on Saturday, April 27th—at the sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Library branch, 385 Menzies Street.

The City of Vancouver will simultaneously honour Rod Mickleburgh with its proclamation of Author Appreciation Day.

Mickleburgh, formerly a labour reporter for both the Vancouver Sun and Province and a senior writer for The Globe and Mail, has documented the broad historical sweep of what has been Canada’s most volatile and progressive provincial labour force, re-educating British Columbians to why unions are essential for a progressive society.

The story begins back in 1849 when Scottish labourers went on strike to protest barbaric working conditions at B.C.’s first coal mine at Fort Rupert on Vancouver Island.

Mickleburgh’s On the Line: A History of the British Columbia Labour Movement revisits most of the major labour struggles since then. Mickleburgh’s account of how unionists achieved the five-day work week, the eight-hour day, paid holidays, the right to a safe, non-discriminatory workplace and many more now-taken-for-granted features rights continues into the second decade of the 21st century to recount the successful campaign led by the B.C. Teacher’s Federation (BCTF) to improve classroom conditions and class sizes.

During his long career, Rod Mickleburgh has worked for the Penticton Herald, Prince George Citizen, Vernon News and CBC TV, in addition to the Sun, Province and Globe and Mail. In 1992 he was nominated for a National Newspaper Award; in 1993, he was a co-winner, with André Picard, of the Michener Award.

Mickleburgh’s first book was Rare Courage: Veterans of the Second World War Remember (M&S 2005), a collection of 20 memoirs profiling Canadian veterans of World War II (with Rudyard Griffiths, executive director of the Dominion Institute) and he earned the 2013 Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize for (Harbour 2012), co-authored with Geoff Meggs.

The two runners-up for the Ryga Prize this year are Chelene Knight for her second book, Dear Current Occupant (Book Thug) and Sarah Cox for Breaching the Peace: The Site C Dam and a Valley’s Stand Against Big Hydro (On Point Press).

Files from ABC Bookworld.


Our Familiar Hunger shortlisted for The BC Book Prizes

Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 3:24pm

The West Coast Book Prize Society has announced Laisha Rosnau’s poetry collection, Our Familiar Hunger (Nightwood Editions), as a finalist for this year’s Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.

Our Familiar Hunger is a book about the strength, will, struggle and fortitude of generations of women and how those relationships and shared knowledge interact, inform, transform and burden. These poems are memories of reclaimed history and attempts at starting over in a new place. They are the fractured reality of trickle-down inheritance, studies of the epigenetic grief we carry and the myriad ways that interferes or interprets our best attempts.

Laisha Rosnau is the author of The Sudden Weight of Snow, which was an honourable mention for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Rosnau’s first collection of poetry, Notes on Leaving, won the 2005 Acorn-Plantos People’s Poetry Award. Her second, Lousy Explorers, was a finalist for the Pat Lowther Award for best book of poetry by a Canadian woman. 

The other finalists for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize are Fred Wah and Rita Wong for beholden, a poem as long as the river (Talonbooks), Shazia Hafiz Ramji for Port of Being (Invisible Publishing), Eve Joseph for Quarrels (Anvil Press) and Onjana Yawnghwe for The Small Way (Caitlin Press). The winners will be announced at the BC Book Prizes Gala on Saturday the 11th of May, 2019, at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront in Vancouver.


One Eagle Soaring shortlisted for The BC Book Prizes

Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 3:19pm

One Eagle Soaring, by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd, has been announced by the West Coast Book Prize Society as a finalist for the 2019 Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award.

The BC Book Prizes, established in 1985, celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers. The seven Prizes are presented annually at the BC Book Prizes Gala in the spring. The Prizes are administered and awarded by members of a non-profit society who represent all facets of the publishing and writing community.

A “first numbers” book, One Eagle Soaring explores counting and numbers with the help of West Coast animals—from a single eagle aloft, to a trio of swimming whales, as well as leaping frogs, honey-hungry bears and a group of ten dozing owls. Combining vivid illustrations, a glossy tactile finish and a simple yet catchy text, this sturdy board book introduces babies and toddlers to the spectacular scenery and wildlife of British Columbia.

Robert (Lucky) Budd is the co-author of the Northwest Coast Legends series and the author of Voices of British Columbia, which was shortlisted for the 2011 Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award, and its sequel, Echoes of British Columbia, which won second prize in the BC Historical Federation’s writing competition in 2014.

Roy Henry Vickers is a renowned carver, painter and printmaker. He is the co-author of the popular children’s Northwest Coast Legends series, all of which were shortlisted for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award: Raven Brings the Light in 2014, Cloudwalker in 2015, Orca Chief in 2016 and Peace Dancer in 2017.

The other finalists for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award are Bob Joseph for 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act (Page Two Strategies), Robert Amos for E.J. Hughes Paints Vancouver Island (TouchWood Editions), Darrel J. McLeod for Mamaskatch (Douglas & McIntyre) and Eve Lazarus  for Murder by Milkshake (Arsenal Pulp Press). The winners will be announced at the BC Book Prizes Gala on Saturday the 11th of May, 2019, at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront in Vancouver.


Bec & Call Shortlisted for the New Brunswick Book Awards

Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 5:01pm

The Fiddlehead and the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick have announced the finalists for this year’s New Brunswick Book Awards and Jenna Lyn Albert’s debut poetry collection, Bec & Call (Nightwood Editions), is one of the shortlisted titles for The Fiddlehead Poetry Book Prize.

The book awards program represents a partnership between Canada’s oldest literary magazine, The Fiddlehead, which has nurtured New Brunswick's literary culture for close to 75 years, and the Writers’ Federation, which for over 30 years has passionately supported the development of home-grown writers at all stages of development.

Albert’s Bec & Call is rife with colloquialisms, irony and a healthy dose of sass. Her poems refuse to be silent or subtle; instead they delve into the explicit, the audacious, the boldly personal. The roles of Acadienne and feminist come with the responsibility of speaking up, and Albert’s work in Bec & Call vocalizes the societal dérangement of Acadian culture amidst the accruing difficulties women encounter as a result of rape culture and misogyny.

Earlier this year, Albert was appointed as the City of Fredericton's next poet laureate. She started on January 28 and will serve for a two-year term. She is also a graduate of the University of New Brunswick and holds a master’s degree in English (Creative Writing) and an undergraduate degree in English. Her writing has appeared in The Malahat Review, Riddle Fence and The Puritan.

The other finalists for The Fiddlehead Poetry Book Prize are Kayla Geitzler for That Light Feeling Under Your Feet (NeWest Press) and Hermenegilde Chiasson for To Live and Die in Scoudouc, translated by Jo-Anne Elder (Goose Lane Editions). All the winners of the New Brunswick Book Awards will be revealed at an awards presentation ceremony on Saturday, May 25, at the Moncton Press Club, beginning at 6 pm.


Patrick Lane 1939-2019

Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 5:33pm

One of Harbour Publishing’s foundational writers, Patrick Lane, passed away after a long illness in the early hours of March, 7, 2019, 19 days short of his 80th birthday. Pat’s first book with Harbour, and one of the first books published by the press, was Unborn Things: South American Poems, which he and Howard White hand-printed in the original Harbour print shop in Pender Harbour in 1975. Lane had moved to nearby Middlepoint in order to work on the early issues of Raincoast Chronicles and although he only wrote one article for the journal, on pelagic sealing, he often credited it for getting him started in prose writing. He later went on to write two acclaimed novels Red Dog, Red Dog and Deep River Night, as well as the memoir There Is a Season, for which he won the 2005 BC Award for Non Fiction.

Pat was born on March 26, 1939 in the Kootenay mountain town of Sheep Creek, near Nelson, and grew up in the BC Interior, primarily in Vernon. He left school to work as a labourer, fruit picker and truck driver, later becoming a first-aid man because it paid an additional l5 cents per hour. In the North Thompson mill town of Avola, with 150 people, he worked in the sawmill and sometimes dealt with grisly injuries, which he later memorialized in equally grisly poems. It was one of the bleakest periods of his life, but one he returned to repeatedly in his long and distinguished literary career, particularly in his final novel, Deep River Night.

As a poet Pat won virtually every major award open to Canadian writers and came to be recognized as one of the leading Canadian poets of his time. His latest distinction was the 2019 George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award, given for an outstanding literary career in British Columbia. He was a wonderful, vital person and a true friend. Harbour extends its deepest sympathy to his wife Lorna Crozier, his five children and many grandchildren.

Patrick Lane titles with Harbour:

  • Unborn Things: South American Poems. Madeira Park, BC: Harbour, 1975.
  • Albino Pheasants. Madeira Park, BC: Harbour, 1977.
  • Too Spare, Too Fierce. Madeira Park, BC: Harbour, 1995.
  • The Bare Plum of Winter Rain. Madeira Park, BC: Harbour, 2000.
  • Go Leaving Strange, Poems, Madeira Park, BC: Harbour, 2004
  • Last Water Song, Madeira Park, BC: Harbour, 2007.
  • Witness: Selected Poems 1970-2010. Madeira Park, BC: Harbour, 2010.
  • The Collected Poems of Patrick Lane. Madeira Park, BC: Harbour, 2011.
    Edited with an introduction by Russell Morton Brown and Donna Bennett, with an Afterword by Nicholas Bradley.
  • Washita: New Poems. Madeira Park, BC: Harbour, 2014.

With files from ABC Bookworld. Thanks to Alan Twigg.


In Memorium: Edith Iglauer

Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 11:47am

It is with profound sadness we note the passing of author Edith Iglauer, who died in Sechelt Hospital on Feb. 13, 2019. Edith published five books with Harbour: Seven Stones: A Portrait of Arthur Erickson, Architect (1981); Fishing with John (1988); Dennison’s Ice Road (1991); The Strangers Next Door (1991); and Inuit Journey: The Co-operative Adventure in Canada’s North (2000.)

Born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 10, 1917, Edith Iglauer grew up in a comfortably well-off Cleveland family. She began selling her articles to newspapers in her hometown while she attended the School of Journalism at Columbia University. She married writer/editor Philip Hamburger and raised two sons in New York. One is Jay Hamburger, artistic director for Theatre in the Raw in Vancouver; the other is Richard Hamburger, a teacher and director of theatre in New York City.

As a frequent contributor to the New Yorker, Iglauer chiefly wrote about Canada. Her first book, The New People (1966, reprinted and updated as Inuit Journey in 1979 and 2000), chronicled the growth of Indigenous people's cooperatives in the eastern Arctic.

Divorced in 1966, she first came to Vancouver in 1973 for an assignment to write about fishing. She subsequently met and married John Heywood Daly, a sophisticated but overtly rough-hewn commercial salmon troller. She moved to his home at Garden Bay (part of Pender Harbour) on the B.C. coast in 1974 but he died in 1978.

After writing Seven Stones: A Portrait of Arthur Erickson, Architect (1981), Edith Iglauer Daly began recording her memories of her late husband and his salmon troller. The result was Fishing with John, a bestseller and nominee for the 1989 Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction. It recounts how Iglauer left New York to live with an iconoclastic fisherman as a "fishwife" aboard the Morekelp. Yes, there are fish. But readers were intrigued to learn about how John Daly always turned off the engine every afternoon to listen to classical music on CBC.

Acclaimed by Publishers Weekly as "superb", excerpted by Saturday Night and the New Yorker, Fishing With John was intended to serve as a scrupulous celebration of commercial fishing, not a depiction of true-life romance. But the soul of the book turned out to be the Shakespeare-loving trade unionist John Daly. "What I hate more than anything," Daly says "are polite arseholes who' agree. That's the road to destruction of mental protein. I believe in struggle -and that physical and moral softness is death, and that we human beings can do anything."

Fishing With John became the basis for a Hallmark movie, Navigating the Heart (2000), starring one of the former Charlie's Angels, Jaclyn Smith. During the making of the made-for-TV movie, Jaclyn Smith, the actor once voted the most beautiful woman in the world, received an autographed copy of Edith Iglauer's West Coast memoir from the author. "It was interesting to see myself portrayed by someone younger and more beautiful than I am,"; Iglauer laughed. "I hope the movie is reasonably honest about fishing... About the only criticism I could make is that the actors weren't dirty enough. They didn't have blood all over themselves!"

Retaining her surname Iglauer for publication purposes, Edith Iglauer Daly released a collection of shorter works gleaned from her career in journalism, The Strangers Next Door (1991), having profiled Pierre Trudeau in 1969 and internationally known architect Arthur Erickson in 1979. An original manuscript of her travels in northern Canada, Denison's Ice Road (1991) is about the building of a 325-mile winter road above the Arctic Circle.

After marrying Frank White, father of Harbour Publishing publisher Howard White, Edith Iglauer Daly White received her doctor of laws degree, honoris causa, from the University of Victoria on November 15, 2006, to celebrate her sixty years of writing as a journalist and author. "I started writing when I was a small girl, and I still write because I can't stop writing," she said. "... I can't emphasize enough the importance of good teaching at an early age."

Lynne Van Luven, as acting chair of the UVic's writing department, emphasized Edith's amazing work as a journalist over the past decades in her citation: "Edith has always been attracted to ground-breaking stories, whether they involved laying the foundations of the World Trade Centre... the building of an ice road in the Arctic, the making of a prime minister or the thinking of a West Coast fisherman. She maintains that journalists are the watchdogs of democracy; she believes in the power of the 'still small voice of truth.'"

Iglauer and Frank White continued to live together in Garden Bay until his death in 2015, during which time White published two volumes of autobiography, the second volume of which describes their unlikely union and their impressive world-wide travels, which lasted into their nineties. As a 100-year-old former truck driver, logger, gas station operator, "excavationist" and waterworks technician, Frank White released a follow-up to his first book, Milk Spills and One-Log Loads: Memories of a Pioneer Truck Driver (Harbour 2014). He was accompanied to the book launch for the second volume of his memoirs, That Went By Fast (Harbour 2015) by his 97-years-young wife, Edith Iglauer. White was 101 when he died in October, 2015. When Edith died on Wednesday she was also 101.

(With files from Thanks to Alan Twigg.)


Donna Kane and Aaron Williams nominated for Jeanne Clarke Award

Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 10:11am

Congratulations to Donna Kane, author of Summer of the Horse, and Aaron Williams, author of Chasing Smoke, for being nominated for the Jeanne Clarke Award.

The Jeanne Clarke Award is presented annually by the Prince George Public Library to individuals or groups for outstanding contributions in the preservation and promotion of local history in the categories of Publication and Service. The 34th annual Jeanne Clarke Local History Awards Reception will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 7:00pm (Bob Harkins Branch, Downtown, 888 Canada Games Way). Visit their website for more information.


Jenna Lyn Albert Appointed Fredericton's Next Poet Laureate

Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 3:01pm

Nightwood Editions author Jenna Lyn Albert has been appointed as the City of Fredericton's next poet laureate. She will serve for a two-year term starting January 28, 2019.

Albert is an active member in Fredericton’s creative scene. She is a member of The Fiddlehead magazine’s editorial board, a first reader of poetry submissions for Goose Lane Editions, and has a variety of work and volunteer experience in the literary community including, The UNB Reading Series, the New Brunswick Book Awards, and QWERTY magazine. She is also a graduate of the University of New Brunswick. She holds a master’s degree in English (Creative Writing) and an undergraduate degree in English. Her writing has appeared in The Malahat Review, Riddle Fence and The Puritan.

Albert’s debut poetry collection, Bec & Call, is rife with colloquialisms, irony and a healthy dose of sass. Her poems refuse to be silent or subtle; instead they delve into the explicit, the audacious, the boldly personal. The roles of Acadienne and feminist come with the responsibility of speaking up, and Albert’s work in Bec & Call vocalizes the societal dérangement of Acadian culture amidst the accruing difficulties women encounter as a result of rape culture and misogyny.

Albert has proposed numerous initiatives for public engagement over her two-year tenure, including a bi-weekly poetry podcast featuring local poets, booksellers and artists, a downtown poetry tour, poems of the week, and free poetry workshops. Details on these and other projects will be released at a later date.

The Poet Laureate position (formerly known as Cultural Laureate) was established in 2016 and was an action item of the Fredericton’s Culture Plan, adopted in 2014. The roles and responsibilities of the position include engaging with the community through activities, programs, and events, both traditional and innovative, to demonstrate the power of the arts to inspire, influence, and inform.


Harbour Publishing author and sportswriter Jim Taylor passes away

Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 10:33am
With sorrow we report that veteran sportswriter and Harbour Publishing author Jim Taylor passed away on the morning of January 7, 2019, at the age of 82.
Jim Taylor was one of  Canada’s most entertaining sportswriter, with a writing career that spanned more than six decades. Name any memorable event—from Canada-Russia 1972 to Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion tour—or any famous name from Wayne Gretzky to Muhammad Ali to the San Diego Chicken, and Jim Taylor was there giving his insightful, witty and occasionally sceptical take on the subject.

As Taylor wrote, “when sport makes instant millionaires out of kids who can hit a ball or a puck with a stick or stuff a leather balloon through a fishnet, what’s not to laugh?” 
Beginning his career at Victoria's Daily Colonist as a high schooler, Jim Taylor produced some 7,500 sports columns, three times as many radio shows and more than a dozen books. His passion earned him membership in the CFL and BC Sports Halls of Fame and a lifetime achievement award from Sports Media Canada.  He will be deeply missed by everyone at Harbour Publishing.

Mike McCardell's New Book to Help BC Women's Newborn Intensive Care Unit

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 12:35pm

Mike McCardell, reporter for “The Last Word” on CTV News, has been a journalist for over four decades. Years of chasing and reporting human-interest stories have honed his ability to see the deeper meaning behind the everyday, and to weave stories that are uplifting, compassionate and full of his signature brand of humour.

McCardell is also a bestselling author with twelve books to his name, and his newest book, Shoelaces Are Hard: And Other Thoughtful Scribbles will be part of a fundraising project to benefit the BC Women's Hospital Foundation’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Hope Starts Here campaign.

Between November 10, 2018 and December 31, 2018, partial proceeds from copies sold of Shoelaces Are Hard will be donated to BC Women’s Newborn ICU to assist those most desperately in need of care—babies that are born too soon, too small or too sick to survive without help.

BC Women's NICU is one of Canada's foremost newborn critical care centres, but with the dramatic advances taking place in neonatal technologies, its aging equipment must be replaced. Hope Starts Here is raising funds to support the NICU’s most urgent needs, which include advanced incubators, cardio-respiratory monitors, specialized transport incubators and emergency transport equipment. ...

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One Eagle Soaring receives Moonbean Children's Book Award!

Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 at 9:41am

One Eagle SoaringOne Eagle Soaring, the second book in the First West Coast Books series by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd, has received a gold medal in the 2018 Moonbean Children’s Book Awards in the Board Book / Cloth Book category!

The Moonbean Children’s Book Awards, which launched in 2007, celebrate exemplary children’s books and their creators with the intent to promote life-long reading. Winners are selected by an expert panel of youth educators, librarians, booksellers and book reviewers of all ages!

From a single eagle aloft to ten owls hooting to sleep, West Coast animals introduce little readers to numbers and counting through the stunning world around them. One Eagle Soaring is a beautiful combination of Roy Henry Vickers’ vivid illustrations and Robert Budd’s catchy rhymes that readers of all ages can admire and enjoy!


Sherbrooke Poet Rebecca Păpucaru wins Canadian Jewish Literary Award!

Posted: Monday, September 24, 2018 at 12:41pm

Rebecca Păpucaru has won the 2018 Canadian Jewish Literary Award in the category of poetry for her debut collection The Panic Room, (Nightwood Editions). The jury said of Păpucaru’s collection: “The range of identifying references to Judaism, Jews and Jewishness— historic, psycho-spiritual, and religious — leave you with a range of inter-ethnic encounters which are a challenge to unpack and makes the experience of Canada ring true.”


The Panic Room is about the giants that loom over us, too. A second-generation Eastern European Jewish immigrant, Păpucaru attempts to grapple with connecting with her family's past as well as the distinct feeling of being disconnected. Păpucaru’s debut was previously long-listed for the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Memorial Award (2018) and was a finalist for the  A.M. Klein Poetry Prize (2017).

Rebecca Păpucaru’s work has appeared in journals such as The Antigonish Review, PRISM international, The Malahat Review, The Dalhousie Review and Event. She has been anthologized in I Found it at the Movies: An Anthology of Film Poems (Guernica Editions, 2014) and Best Canadian Poetry in English (2010). She lives in Sherbrooke, QC.


The Canadian Jewish Literary Awards is honouring eight outstanding books for 2018. Now in its fourth year, the Canadian Jewish Literary Awards recognizes and rewards the finest Canadian Jewish writing. Winners have been declared in the following categories: fiction, memoir/biography, poetry, history, scholarship, Holocaust literature, Yiddish, and books for children and youth.


The awards ceremony will be held on October 14, 2018 in Toronto. For more information, visit


Kyp Harness Wins 2017 ReLit Award for Debut Novel

Posted: Monday, July 16, 2018 at 4:40pm

As reported at CBC Books, the recipients of this year’s ReLit Awards, identifying top titles from Canada’s independent publishers, were announced on July 13th. Kyp Harness's debut novel Wigford Rememberies (Nightwood Editions, $19.95) has won the 2017 ReLit Award for Best Novel. Other winners include Bad Things Happen by Kris Bertin in the short fiction category and All the Gold Hurts My Mouth by Katherine Leyton for poetry.

Known as Canada's "pre-eminent literary prize recognizing independent presses.” (The Globe & Mail), the winners each receive a special ReLit ring designed by Newfoundland artist Christopher Kearney.

Wigford is a small town in rural Southwestern Ontario, home to a cast of recurring characters: Buzz, a drunk-driving father of two; his wife, who should have married Bert Walmsley instead; Happy Henry, a devout, socially inept apostle who loves to play the organ; Elmer, a stroke survivor. Wigford Rememberies tells this community's stories through an impressionistic series of vignettes. 

Kyp Harness is a versatile artist. He is a musician who has written and recorded 200 songs on 13 independent recordings. Ron Sexsmith called him “one of the finest songwriters on the planet” and the Calgary Straight said of his work: “I won't mince words: Right now, Kyp Harness is the most vital, essential Canadian singer-songwriter out there.” His second novel, The Abandoned, will be published in the fall by Nightwood Editions. He lives in East York (Toronto).



Ask a Paleontologist #6: What was the biggest dinosaur?

Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 4:04pm

Here’s the big question: who tops the dinosaurian scales and weighs in as the largest of the large? Find out in episode 6 of the Dinosaurs of the Alberta Badlands Ask a Paleontologist web series:



Mary White, Quite a Run

Posted: Friday, June 1, 2018 at 5:00pm

Mary White put in her last day of full-time work in the Harbour Publishing design department May 31, 2018. Mary Lee, as she was then, began working for what would become Harbour Publishing in November, 1970 and worked all night setting the first issue of a community paper called The Peninsula Voice on a cranky Varityper. But for her energy and organizational talent, Harbour Publishing would never have survived beyond that stage. In time she performed virtually every function in publishing including typesetter, pasteup artist, process camera operator, bookkeeper, office manager, ACP and BPG delegate, foreign rights sales person, IT person, designer, editor, co-publisher, publisher and co-owner. During her 48 years of work she had a hand in the creation of approximately 1,000 BC books. Along the way she raised two sons who continue in the literary field. She will continue as publisher of Harbour and director of both Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd. and Douglas and McIntyre (2013) Ltd. Thanks for five great decades, Mary!


Doreen Armitage, 1931-2018

Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 4:01pm

With sorrow we report that Harbour Publishing author Doreen Armitage passed away in North Vancouver on May 15, 2018.

Born in Toronto in 1931, Doreen earned a teaching degree in Ontario and started her career as an elementary school teacher. She relocated to British Columbia in 1972 where she continued teaching in the field of Special Education, later earning her Master of Education at UBC. She worked as a special education consultant with the Vancouver School Board, and also as an instructor at UBC.

A writer who believed strongly in oral history, Doreen wrote for publications such as Canadian Geographic, Outdoors Canada and Canadian Living before publishing her first book, Around the Sound: A History of the Howe Sound-Whistler (1997), which developed organically from her innate curiosity about the world and the many years she spent boating in the sound, exploring the wilderness and driving the Sea to Sky Highway. Her second book, Burrard Inlet: A History (2001), the first comprehensive history of the inlet, was a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award.

Doreen then turned her attention to recording maritime workers’ personal histories with her next two publications, From the Wheelhouse: Tugboaters Tell Their Own Stories (2003), which was shortlisted for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award, and Tales from the Galley: Stories of the Working Waterfront (2007), which she created by conducting a variety of interviews with fishermen, coastal pilots, commercial divers and skippers who earned their living in, on or beside the sea.

We are very grateful for the important stories Doreen recorded and the body of work she contributed to the history of British Columbia. She is survived by her husband, Bill, her daughters, Lynn and Lauren, four grandchildren and other extended family.


Howard Macdonald Stewart receives BC Historical Federation Award

Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 10:42am

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 has received Third Place in the British Columbia Historical Federation’s Historical Writing Competition! The BCHF Historical Writing Awards are presented annually to authors whose books contribute significantly to the historical literature of British Columbia. The prizes were presented at the 2018 BCHF Conference in Nakusp, BC, hosted by the Arrow Lakes Historical Society, from May 24 – 27, 2018.

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.