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Hello Humpback! Shortlisted for BC Book Prizes!

Posted: Monday, March 19, 2018 at 11:36am

Congratulations to Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd! Their children’s board book, Hello Humpback!, is shortlisted for the BC Book Prizes Bill Duthie’s Booksellers’ Choice Award!

The Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award is presented to the originating publisher and author(s) of the best book in terms of public appeal, initiative, design, production, and content. The 2018 nominees are:

This year’s winners will be announced at the 34th Annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala on Friday, May 4, 2018, at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront in Vancouver. Gala tickets will be available for purchase online starting Monday, March 19. For more information about the prizes, go to


Celebrating International Women's Day with Two New Memoirs by Women

Posted: Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 12:10pm

Harbour Publishing has always published great books from inspiring folks who live a distinctively British Columbian lifestyle—often in the rural parts of the province. For International Women's Day, we want to highlight the two wilderness memoirs that have been released this season, both by women: Pat Ardley's Grizzlies, Gales and Giant Salmon: Life at a River's Inlet Fishing Lodge and Donna Kane's Summer of the Horse. These books explore what it means to nurture the wildness that can be found in the world and within oneself, while offering tributes to seeking adventure and stepping out of one's comfort zone.

In Grizzlies, Gales and Giant Salmon, Pat Ardley describes her journey of starting out as a junior lighthouse keeper and falling in love with the West Coast lifestyle and her partner, George, with whom she built a world-renowned fishing lodge in remote Rivers Inlet. In her memoir, Ardley, who is never one to back down from an adventure, shares stories of thrilling encounters with hungry grizzlies and cougars, harrowing boat trips in never-ending storms, and touching anecdotes about raising a family in BC’s coastal wilderness.

Set in the Muskwa-Kechika area, Summer of the Horse explores the ecology of Northern BC while offering a unique commentary on one of the few remaining intact ecosystems on the planet—one of the largest, most diverse wilderness areas in Northern America. At the same time, it is a tale of one woman's self-discovery that occurs through grappling with society’s expectations of domesticity and choosing to embrace all things wild.


The Clothesline Swing Shortlisted for Lambda Literacy Awards

Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 11:14am

The Clothesline Swing, by Ahmad Danny Ramadan, has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2018 Lambda Literary Awards in the category of Gay Fiction. The book is among a group of esteemed Finalists selected from nearly 1,000 submissions.

Published by Nightwood Editions, The Clothesline Swing is a fictional journey through the troublesome aftermath of the Arab Spring. A former Syrian refugee himself, Ramadan tells the epic story of two lovers, anchored to the memory of a dying Syria. One is a Hakawati, a storyteller, who relays remembered fables to his dying partner. Meanwhile, Death himself shares the two men’s home, eavesdropping on their secrets as he awaits their final undoing.

The Clothesline Swing is Ramadan’s debut book in English; he has previously published two short story collections in Arabic. Based in Vancouver, B.C., Ramadan is an esteemed journalist and LGBTQ-refugee activist who has raised more than $100,000 to support LGBTQ-identifying Syrian refugees. In 2016 he was selected as the Grand Marshal for the Vancouver Gay Pride Parade to celebrate those efforts. ...

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Arthur Black Shares His Story Until the End

Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 1:16pm

We are very saddened to announce that Arthur Black—beloved author, humorist and broadcaster—passed away on February 21, 2018.

Arthur was perhaps best known for hosting CBC’s national radio show, Basic Black, which aired from 1983 to 2002. After he retired from Basic Black, Arthur was still heard regularly on regional CBC radio shows such as All Points West, where he had a regular radio column called “Planet Salt Spring.” Arthur also hosted two shows on the Life Television Network for five years, Weird Homes and Weird Wheels.

As a writer, Arthur penned a syndicated humour column for over forty years and authored eighteen books, three of which won the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour: Pitch Black (Harbour), Black Tie and Tales (Stoddart) and Black in the Saddle Again (Stoddart). His most recent books were Paint the Town Black (Harbour, 2015) and Fifty Shades of Black (Douglas & McIntyre, 2013).

Originally from Toronto, ON, Arthur moved to Salt Spring Island, BC, with his partner Lynne Raymond in the 1990s. He was an active part of the Salt Spring community and often wrote about his experiences as an islander. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in early 2018 and spent his last weeks blogging about his condition with humour and honesty—thereby giving back to his fans and other cancer survivors until the very end.

We extend our sincere condolences to Arthur’s family and to his many friends and readers.


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.


The Clothesline Swing Shortlisted for the Ontario Library Association's Evergreen Award

Posted: Friday, February 2, 2018 at 4:47pm

The Clothesline Swing, by Ahmad Danny Ramadan, has been nominated for the Ontario Library Association’s distinguished 2018 Evergreen Award

Published by Nightwood Editions, The Clothesline Swing is a fictional journey through the troublesome aftermath of the Arab Spring. A former Syrian refugee himself, Ramadan tells the epic story of two lovers, anchored to the memory of a dying Syria. One is a Hakawati, a storyteller, who relays remembered fables to his dying partner. Meanwhile, Death himself shares the two men’s home, eavesdropping on their secrets as he awaits their final undoing.

The Clothesline Swing is Ramadan’s debut book in English; he has previously published two short story collections in Arabic. Based in Vancouver, B.C., Ramadan is an esteemed journalist and LGBTQ-refugee activist who has raised more than $100,000 to support LGBTQ-identifying Syrian refugees. In 2016 he was selected as the Grand Marshal for the Vancouver Gay Pride Parade to celebrate those efforts. ...

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Harbour Publishing's Spring 2018 Preview - Part 2

Posted: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 5:15pm

For younger readers and explorers – or those who are young a heart – we have a selection of exciting new Spring books.

One Eagle Soaring is the newest addition to the First West Coast Book series. Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd’s new book will soar into the hearts of little readers to teach counting and numbers with the help of West Coast animals.

Alberta’s prehistoric world comes alive in Dinosaurs of the Alberta Badlands. W. Scott Persons explores the world of palaeontology, featuring photos, profiles and illustrations by Julius T. Csotonyi, in this perfect book for middle school readers. For those looking for something smaller than prehistoric beasts, Dr. Robert CanningsA Field Guide to Insects of the Pacific Northwest will have readers of all ages grabbing their magnifying glass to identify the insects around them.

If you love to explore, Anne and Laurence Yeadon-Jones add two updated and revised editions to the Dreamspeaker Cruising Guide Series. Perfect companions for your boating adventures, Volume 1: The Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island and Volume 6: The West Coast of Vancouver Island will have you packing a picnic and getting ready to explore the waters.

Lace up your boots and get prepared for a hike along the diverse network of BC’s Gulf Islands in this new edition of Charles Kahn’s Hiking the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. This informative guide will help you navigate the trails and is an essential companion in getting the best out of your hiking experience.

If you haven’t already, check out Part 1 for the rest of our exciting books for Spring 2018 and take a look at our calendar to find fun events near you. 


Congratulations to John Pass!

Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 11:35am

Congratulations to Harbour author John Pass, a finalist in the 8th Annual Poetry Contest for his poem “A Cheering Stain”. A Journal of the Built and Natural Environments is an online non-profit magazine that seeks to publish and acknowledge literary, journalistic and artistic works of the highest quality. We are proud that John has been recognized by such a prestigious publication. You can listen to John read “A Cheering Stain” here.


Harbour Publishing's Spring 2018 Preview

Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 at 2:56pm

Harbour Publishing is presenting an array of new books this season that explore the rich history of BC and the people that call it home.

Published one hundred years after Canada’s first general strike in 1918, Rod Mickleburgh shares a comprehensive chronicle of the labour movement in British Columbia in On the Line. Geoff Meggs explores the turbulent Fraser River salmon strikes of 1900-1901 in Strange New Country and examines how this pivotal moment in history helped to shape modern British Columbia.

Go on an adventure through the Northern Rockies in Summer of the Horse as Donna Kane shares her passionate and honest journey of the wilderness and self discovery that comes from delving into the unknown. Get ready for Grizzlies, Gales and Giant Salmon, Pat Ardley’s memoir of strength and resilience in the remote BC wilderness and life at Rivers Inlet Fishing Lodge.

In Ranch in the Slocan the history of British Columba is explored further as award-winning geographer Cole Harris shares a biography of a Kootenay Farm from 1896-2017 and his family’s experiences farming in the Slocan Valley. The history and the voices of the Ts’elxwéyeqw First Nation are shared in Being Ts’elxwéyeqw, edited by David M. Schaepe.

Stay tuned to hear about some of our other new books coming out in Spring 2018 and keep an eye on our events calendar to check out the exciting events near you. 


The Clothesline Swing Longlisted for CBC Canada Reads

Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 11:34am

Published by Nightwood Editions, The Clothesline Swing is a fictional journey through the troublesome aftermath of the Arab Spring. A former Syrian refugee himself, Ahmad Danny Ramadan tells the epic story of two lovers, anchored to the memory of a dying Syria. One is a Hakawati, a storyteller, who relays remembered fables to his dying partner: his childhood in Damascus, the cruelty he has endured for his sexuality, leaving home, war, and his fated meeting with his lover. Meanwhile Death himself shares the house with the two men, eavesdropping on their secrets as he awaits their final undoing.

The Clothesline Swing is Ramadan’s debut book in English; he has previously published two short story collections in Arabic. Ramadan is also an esteemed journalist, a celebrated public speaker and an LGBTQ-refugee activist, who has raised over $100,000 to support LGBTQ-identifying Syrian refugees. In 2016 he was selected as the Grand Marshal for the Vancouver Gay Pride Parade to celebrate those efforts.

Publisher’s Weekly praised The Clothesline Swing, saying, “While each story is autonomous, Ramadan’s delicate use of imagery links these narratives, allowing them to reverberate with meaning and emotion.” The Globe and Mail said of the book: “By turns sombre, fantastical, violent and tender, [The Clothesline Swing] is a gay son's conflicted love letter to Syria – a look on the present from a possible future.”

The Clothesline Swing was selected for the Toronto Star’s “Top Books of 2017,” the Globe and Mail’s “Best 100 Books of 2017” and CBC Book’s “95 Must-Read Books from 2017.”

Canada Reads is a "literary Survivor," with celebrity panelists each championing one of five books. Books are voted "off the bookshelf," one each day, until one book is chosen as the title the whole country should read.Since the first Canada Reads, every winning book has become a national bestseller and in recent years all five books have become bestsellers.

The Canada Reads panelists and the final five books will be announced Jan. 30, 2018. The debates will take place March 26-29, 2018, and will be broadcast on CBC Radio OneCBC and online at


Congratulations to Andy Lamb

Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 2:26pm

Congratulations to Andy Lamb, co-author of Coastal Fishes of the Pacific Northwest (with Phil Edgell) and Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest (with Bernard P. Hanby), who was appointed to the Royal Canadian Geographic Society’s College of Fellows in November. The Royal Canadian Geographic Society (RCGS) is one of Canada’s oldest and largest educational non-profit organizations, and publisher of the iconic magazine Canadian Geographic. The RCGS is honouring Andy for his many achievements, including co-founding the Marine Life Societies of BC in 1989, which resulted in the establishment of marine sanctuaries.


Armand Garnet Ruffo wins inaugural Mayor's Arts Award

Posted: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 12:50pm

Armand Garnet Ruffo has been honoured by the City of Kingston. On December 4, 2017, the writer received one of the inaugural Mayor's Arts Awards in the creator category, and he spoke about the award in a video presented by the City of Kingston.

Armand Garnet Ruffo is a poet and writer. He is the author of four books of poetry including The Thunderbird Poems (Harbour Publishing, 2015). He also wrote Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing into Thunderbird, the first book-length biography of the internationally acclaimed and controversial Ojibway painter. A new edition of this Governor General's Award-nominated book is being released by Douglas & McIntyre in January 2018. Ruffo is also the author of the screenplay, Windigo’s Tale, which has been shown across Canada and at film festivals internationally. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Queen’s University.

The Mayor's Arts Awards in Kingston celebrates high artistic achievement and recognizes extraordinary contributions in and to the arts. They aim to affirm the value of the arts in city life, and to nurture and inspire sustained development of the cultural sector to the benefit of all its citizens. Visual artist Su Sheedy and composer and multimedia artist Matt Rogalsky also received creator awards. Yessica Rivera Belsham was presented with the Arts Champion Award, and the Limestone Arts Legacy Award honoured David Kemp.


Alison Stoutenburg, Warehouseperson Supreme

Posted: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 6:19pm

Friends and customers of Harbour Publishing will be saddened to learn that Alison Stoutenburg, our warehouse manager for the last 17 years, passed away in the early hours of November 28, 2017. Alison had been battling cancer for some five years while still faithfully putting in her shift at the warehouse, lavishing care on her customers in her inimitable way. She will be missed by all who came in contact with her. Our condolences to daughters Christina and Hanna. 


Peter Trower 1930-2017

Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 5:28pm

By Alan Twigg

BC Booklook

Peter Trower, one of B.C.’s most beloved poets, has died at age 87 on November 10, 2017 at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver. In 2015, Peter Trower had moved into the Inglewood Care Centre in West Vancouver after living mainly on the Sunshine Coast and in North Vancouver. He had a fall several weeks before his death. After surgery, he had a blood clot that led to his death.

Peter Trower, dubbed a “logger poet” early in his writing career, received the eighth George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award for an Outstanding Literary Career in British Columbia in 2002. In December of 2015, the town of Gibsons decided to name Trower Lane in his honour.

Peter Trower was born at St. Leonard’s-on-Sea, England, on August 25, 1930. He immigrated to British Columbia at age ten, following the death of his test-pilot father in a plane crash. He arrived on an evacuee ship with his mother and brother to stay with an aunt on Nelson Street in the West End of Vancouver. His mother married a West Coast pulp mill superintendent who drowned soon after.

Peter Trower quit school for financial reasons to work as a logger for twenty-two years. He also worked as a surveyor, smelter worker, pulp-mill hand, shakecutter and baker. He says he began writing seriously in the late 1950s after an abortive fling at professional cartooning. As a writer, he fraternized with John Newlove at the Alcazar Hotel in the Sixties “and forced bad poetry upon him, some of which he was charitable enough to read.” There he also met poets Milton Acorn and Al Purdy, both influences and comrades.

Since 1971, Trower published more than a dozen books of poetry and contributed to numerous issues of the Raincoast Chronicles and Vancouver Magazine. Among his supportive early influences were editor Mac Parry of Vancouver Magazine and publisher Howard White. His two most important influences were his mother, Mary Cassin, who pushed him to write from an early age and critiqued his drafts until her death and Sunshine Coast writer Ted Poole. After publishing his first collection of poems in 1969, Trower quit logging and went to work for the Raincoast Chronicles as an Associate Editor in 1971.

Poetry collections such as Moving Through Mystery, Between the Sky and the Splinters, The Alders and Others and Ragged Horizons have expressed his awe and resentment at the magisterial and dangerous power of nature. The Judas Hills was his third novel on the West Coast logging life, after Grogan’s Cafe and Dead Man’s Ticket.

In 2005, Peter Trower was awarded the Canadian Authors Association's Jack Chalmers Poetry Award for Haunted Hills and Hanging Valleys: Selected Poems 1969–2004. Trower could start a story called Runaway Jill with this sentence, and have it be true: “It was 1965, the year I pulled rigging for Big Bart Clapperton on the risky eastern slopes of Goatfoot Mountain.”

With an introduction by Mac Parry, who published many of Trower’s stories in Vancouver magazine during that publication’s golden age, Hellhound on his Trail and Other Stories (Ekstasis $22.95) was more proof that Trower was one of the few irreplaceable talents in British Columbia writing. Trower’s coastal tales were memoirs in the realm of fiction, artfully poignant, unsettlingly from a bygone era. Eloquent with a raspy voice.

A Ship Called Destiny reflected his love and admiration for his partner Yvonne Klan of North Vancouver. It was published not long before she died.

Mike Poole made an effective documentary about Trower as a logger/poet called Between the Sky and the Splinters (1976), filmed at Jackson Bay. Alan Twigg and Tom Shandel made a CBC documentary about Trower that aired in 1985; Peter Trower: The Men There Were Then. Trower released a music & poetry CD, Sidewalks and Sidehills, in 2003, and a collected volume of his poetry in 2004.


Daniel Francis receives the 2017 Pierre Berton Award

Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 at 5:13pm

Congratulations to Daniel Francis! The North Vancouver author has won the Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media: The Pierre Berton Award. This prestigious prize recognizes a vast body work by Francis that covers a wide range of subjects. The Pierre Berton Award, named for its first recipient, is one of five Governor General's History Awards that aim to recognize the many different ways history is taught, communicated, and celebrated by Canadians. It is awarded by Canada's History and honours exceptional dissemination of Canadian history in books, film, television, and new media.The award will be presented at a ceremony at Rideau Hall on November 22, 2017. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will preside over the award ceremony.

Daniel Francis is the author of over thirty books that explore the many aspects of Canadian history. His works include Far West: The Story of British Columbia (Harbour, 2006); Trucking in British Columbia: An Illustrated History (Harbour, 2012); Closing Time: Prohibition, Rum-Runners, and Border Wars (Douglas & McIntyre, 2014); and Where Mountains Meet the Sea: An Illustrated History of the District of North Vancouver (Harbour, 2016). He also edited The Encyclopedia of British Columbia (Harbour, 2000), the definitive reference work on BC. He is a regular contributor to, an online resource for information on the province, and he is a columnist and editorial board member of Geist magazine. Daniel Francis lives in North Vancouver, BC.


Population Explosion at Harbour

Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 5:34pm

Managing Editor Anna Comfort O'Keeffe posted a double win in the Harbour Halloween baby derby Oct. 30, edging out editor Ariel Brewster by delivering new baby Solomon just before midnight. Ariel (wife of Mountie in Mukluks author Patrick White) delivered her new addition to the White clan, Ian Isaac, at 1:17 AM PST Oct. 31. Solomon also topped the weight category at a stupendous 9lb 15oz. And he wasn't due for another week! We are tipping the BC Lions to draft him for their front line right now. Baby Ian was 7lb 8 oz. As a consolation prize, he gets to have his birthday on Halloween for the rest of his life. Congrats to mothers, fathers and grandparents. And brothers. Callan White, 3, offered the new guy his old soother, cuddled for a bit then went downstairs to watch TV. Life must go on.


Nightwood Poet Finalist for A.M. Klein Poetry Prize

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 1:52pm

Rebecca Păpucaru

Nightwood Editions poet finalist for A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry for debut collection

Sherbrooke, Quebec resident Rebecca Păpucaru is a finalist for the Quebec Writers' Federation's A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry for her debut collection The Panic Room. "I am delighted to be a finalist and grateful to the QWF for their support," she said after learning of the nomination.

Written with unabashed honesty, The Panic Room is about the giants that loom over us. A second-generation Eastern European Jewish immigrant, Păpucaru attempts to grapple with the distinct feelings of disconnection to her family's past. These poetic reflections are intimate and honest, the sort of confidences you'd only tell your dearest friend.

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). 

The Quebec Writers' Federation holds an annual juried competition for published books by Quebec authors in six categories. On November 21, 2017, the QWF will award six prizes of $2000 each to honour excellence in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, first book, translation and children’s and young adult literature.


Rafe Mair Passes

Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 5:28pm

Harbour Publishing extends its condolences to the many readers and family of author Rafe Mair, who died on October 9, 2017. Mair, author of Rafe: A Memoir, Hard Talk, Over the Mountains, and What the Bleep is Going On?, had a long battle with illness but characteristically kept issuing well-aimed blasts at all levels of government up until the end.

“I didn’t always agree with Rafe—he didn’t always agree with himself—but I will miss his critical eye on BC issues,” said publisher Howard White. “Rafe cared about this province and defended it passionately and we don’t have enough writers doing that. I also appreciated that he began as a right-winger and ended as a left-winger. It shows there’s hope.”

Born and raised in Vancouver, Mair became a lawyer after graduating from the UBC law school, practising in Vancouver and Kamloops, where he was elected as a Social Credit MLA in 1975. Mair held several cabinet posts, including health, environment, and constitutional affairs. In 1981, he suddenly quit to become a talk-show host. He spent nineteen years on the air with CKNW but was fired in 2003 even though the number of listeners remained exceptionally high. He received many awards including the Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Awards and appointment to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame.

Mair is survived by his wife Wendy Conway, five children and stepchildren, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


The Peace in Peril longlisted in the Banff Mountain Book Competition

Posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 2:42pm

Harbour Publishing is excited to announce that The Peace in Peril: The Real Cost of the Site C Dam, by Christopher Pollon with photographs by Ben Nelms, is shortlisted for the Banff Mountain Book Competition in the Mountain Environment and Natural History category.

Equal parts travel adventure, history and journalistic exploration, The Peace in Peril is a story about the habitants of the Peace River Valley who stand to be greatly affected by the construction of the Site C dam reservoir. Over four days in late September 2015, journalist Christopher Pollon and photographer Ben Nelms paddled the 83-kilometre section of the river that will be destroyed by this controversial $8.8-billion project. They concluded their trip by touring the same stretch by land, interviewing and photographing the locals who stand to lose everything.

The Banff Mountain Book Competition celebrates mountain literature across a number of genres and forms, from fiction and poetry to image and guidebooks. The Mountain Environment and Natural History prize is sponsored by Backroad Mapbooks, and the winner will receive $2000. The prizes will be presented to the finalists from each of the seven categories, as well as the Grand Prize, on Thursday, November 2 at The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.


Congratulations to Colin Henthorne

Posted: August 17, 2017

Harbour is pleased to announce that author Colin Henthorne has just been awarded the Canadian Nautical Research Society’s Keith Matthews Award for a book deserving special recognition for The Queen of the North Disaster: The Captain’s Story.

The award is given to a maritime book published the preceding year, which, in the view of the award committee, “offers an important record that would, in the future, be cited by historians.” The jury lauded Henthorne’s book for providing a comprehensive and balanced account of the marine tragedy.

The winners of the Keith Matthews Awards were announced in August at the Canadian Nautical Research Society’s annual conference in Halifax, NS.


Frank Appleton shortlisted for the Taste Canada Awards

Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 2:57pm

Congratulations to craft beer pioneer Frank Appleton, author of Brewing Revolution: Pioneering the Craft Beer Movement! Frank is a finalist for the Taste Canada Awards, recognizing the best culinary books published in Canada each year. He is shortlisted in the Culinary Narratives category, which includes titles that explore culinary history, politics, social awareness and memoirs or biographies relating to food or beverages.

This is the second honour of the year for Frank, who was longlisted for the prestigious National Business Book Award earlier in 2017.

Brewing Revolution is the inspiring story behind today’s craft beer revolution. In this entertaining and informative memoir, Appleton, an English-trained brewmaster who is considered by many to be the father of Canada’s craft-brewing movement, chronicles fifty years in the brewing business, from his early years working for one of the major breweries, to his part in establishing the first cottage brewery in Canada, to a forward look at the craft beer industry in an ever more competitive market.

Appleton has been a consultant brewmaster to twenty brewing operations, advising in aspects such as brewery design, start-up and brewer training. In 2009, Appleton received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Craft Brewing from CAMRA Victoria Chapter. He lives in Edgewood, BC.

The other books shortlisted for the Culinary Narratives Taste Canada Award are Food Artisans of the Okanagan by Jennifer Cockrall-King (TouchWood Editions), Food to Grow: A Simple, No-Fail Guide to Growing Your Own Vegetables, Fruits and Herbs by Frankie Flowers (HarperCollins), 100 Million Years of Food: What Our Ancestors Ate and Why It Matters Today by Stephen Le (HarperCollins) and 150 Years of Canadian Beer Labels by Lawrence C. Sherk (TouchWood Editions).

The winners of this year’s Taste Canada Awards will be announced on October 30, 2017 at a gala in Toronto.


Daniel Francis receives the BCHF Community History Award

Posted: Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 11:10am

Congratulations to Daniel Francis, who was awarded the British Columbia Historical Federation's Community History Award for his latest book, Where Mountains Meet the Sea: An Illustrated History of the District of North Vancouver. Francis was presented with the award, which recognizes valued collections of local history and research in a particular area, at the Book Awards Gala at the BCHF Annual Conference on May 27, 2017.

Where Mountains Meet the Sea commemorates the 125th anniversary of the District of North Vancouver's incorporation as a municipality. Combining hundreds of illustrations with the personal accounts of residents and a lively text, the book presents the story of North Vancouver in all its colour and complexity.

Daniel Francis is a historian and author of over twenty books, and an editor of the Encyclopedia of British Columbia. Francis lives in North Vancouver, BC.


Carol Daniels selected for the First Nation Communities READ program

Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 4:03pm

Congratulations to Carol Daniels, whose debut novel, Bearskin Diary (Nightwood Editions), has been selected for the First Nation Communities READ program for 2017-2018. Bearskin Diary is also the recipient of the Aboriginal Literature Award, which recognizes the work of creators of outstanding Aboriginal literature, and will be presented to Daniels as part of the National Aboriginal Day celebrations in Toronto on June 28.

The First Nation Communities READ jury considered more than 50 submissions before choosing Bearskin Diary as this year's title. The other finalists included Missing Nimama by Melanie Florence (Clockwise Press), Price Paid by Bev Sellers (Talonbooks), They Called Me Number One by Bev Sellers (Talonbooks) and How I Became a Ghost by Tim Tingle (The Roadrunner Press).

Raw and honest, Bearskin Diary gives voice to a generation of First Nations women who have always been silenced. Taken from the arms of her mother as soon as she was born, the novel’s protagonist, Sandy, was one of over twenty thousand Aboriginal children scooped up by the federal government between the 1960s and 1980s. From this tragic period in her personal life and in Canadian history, Sandy does not emerge unscathed, but she emerges strong—finding her way by embracing the First Nations culture that the Sixties Scoop had tried to deny.

Carol Daniels is a journalist who became Canada’s first Aboriginal woman to anchor a national newscast when she joined CBC Newsworld in 1989. Her work has since earned several awards, including the 2009 National Aboriginal Achievement Award. Her poetry and short fiction have been included in several anthologies. Bearskin Diary is her first novel. Find out more at

Launched in 2003 by the First Nations Public Library Community in Ontario with support from Southern Ontario Library Service, First Nation Communities READ promotes a community-based approach to reading, family literacy, and strives to increase awareness of the relevance and importance of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit writing, illustration, and publishing.


Nightwood Poet receives Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize

Posted: Monday, May 1, 2017 at 4:58pm

Congratulations to Vancouver author Adèle Barclay, whose debut poetry collection, If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You (Nightwood Editions), has won the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. The prize is awarded to the BC author of the best work of poetry published in the preceding year. 

If I Were in a Cage Id Reach Out for YouIf I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You is a collection that travels through both time and place, liminally occupying the chasm between Canadian and American mythologies. These poems dwell in surreal pockets of the everyday warped landscapes of modern cities and flood into the murky basin of the intimate.

Adèle Barclay’s poems have appeared in The FiddleheadPRISM internationalMatrixThe Pinch and others. If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You was also shortlisted for the 2015 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. She is the winner of the 2016 LitPop award for poetry and is the Interviews Editor at The Rusty Toque.

The BC Book Prizes, established in 1985, celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers and are awarded annually in seven categories. The awards carry a cash prize of $2000 plus a certificate.