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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:

 

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From the Klondike to Berlin: The Yukon in World War I shortlisted for the prestigious Fred Kerner Book Award


Posted: Friday, June 15, 2018

The Canadian Authors Association has announced the finalists for the Fred Kerner Book Award. Whitehorse writer Michael Gates’ most recently published book, From the Klondike to Berlin: The Yukon in World War I (Lost Moose, $24.95) has been shortlisted. The Fred Kerner Book Award is presented to a Canadian Authors Association member who has the best overall book published in the previous calendar year.

From the Klondike to Berlin: The Yukon in World War I is an important chronicle of the Land of the Midnight Sun’s contribution ...

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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!
 

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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.

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Ask a Paleontologist: Double Feature


Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 11:40am

In "Ask a Paleontologist #4," Dr. Scott Persons tells us whether or not T. Rex was a scavenger, and in #5, he describes the process of digging for dinosaur bones. 

Do you have a dinosaur question? Post it to the Dinosaurs of Alberta Badlands facebook page!

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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.

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Grant Lawrence at Word on the Lake, May 11-13


Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 4:27pm

Grant Lawrence, CBC host and award-winning author of the perennial bestseller Adventures in Solitude, will appear at the Word on the Lake Writers' Festival in Salmon Arm BC May 11-13. Lawrence will read from his work at 7:30 Friday at the Prestige Waterfront Resort (Balmoral Room) and present workshops on "The Story: How to plan, draft and ultimately write your best story possible" on Saturday at 9:20 AM in the Balmoral Room and again at 10:35 Sunday in Room 153 at Okanagan College. Howard White will also be appearing at Word on the Lake.

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Ask a Paleontologist #3: What Colour Was Velociraptor?


Posted: Friday, May 4, 2018 at 2:58pm

The third episode of the Dinosaurs of the Alberta Badlands web series, Ask a Paleontologist, is here. Dr. Scott Persons talks about feathers and iridescence in this segment, "What Colour Was Velociraptor?"

Click here for more information about the "Ask a Paleontologist" campaign. 

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Trailer Park Elegy Shortlisted for 2018 Raymond Souster Award


Posted: Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 5:16pm

Cornelia Hoogland’s Trailer Park Elegy is shortlisted for the League of Canadian Poets’ 2018 Raymond Souster Award. The winner will be announced in Toronto on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at the League’s awards ceremony.  

In response to her brother's sudden death, Cornelia Hoogland explores the shift in gravity his dramatic absence creates. Set on the Salish Sea on Vancouver Island’s east coast, Trailer Park Elegy looks to the poet’s child-experiences of death, as well as to literature, chaos theory, dark matter, geological time and the effect of noise pollution on whales. This elegant and gritty long poem reaches back two thousand years to the First Peoples, as well as to the poet’s brother whose delight was summers spent at Deep Bay. 

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Ask a Paleontologist #2: Where was the first dinosaur found?


Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 3:21pm

Customers of Canadian independent bookstores are asking questions about dinosaurs and Dr. Scott Persons, author of Dinosaurs of the Alberta Badlands, is answering them in the "Ask a Paleontologist" web series

Audreys Books, in Edmonton, passed along this question: Where was the first dinosaur found?

Find out here: 

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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.

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Ask a Paleontologist #1: Did T-rex have feathers?


Posted: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 10:10am

More species of dinosaur have been found in Alberta than anywhere else in the world, and that’s why Dr. Scott Persons moved to the province. In his book, Dinosaurs of the Alberta Badlands, he travels back millions of years to Alberta’s Late Cretaceous period, describing many of the most interesting species that have been found in the province. He also provides insight into the work of paleontologists, describing how fossils are discovered, prepared and studied, and what information can be gleaned from them. There are profiles of some of the most famous scientists and their research, as well as descriptions of the more prominent dig sites.

Dr. Persons is reaching out to dino-lovers everywhere and over the next few months, be will be answering questions about dinosaurs. His “Ask a Paleontologist” videos will be posted to YouTube, the Dinosaurs of the Alberta Badlands facebook page, and on twitter

Merek, from Edmonton, asks if scientists still believe that T-Rex had feathers. Find out here:

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Two Nightwood authors shortlisted for the 2017 ReLit Awards


Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 10:28am

Congratulations to Vancouver poet Adèle Barclay, whose poetry book, If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You, (Nightwood Editions, $18.95) was shortlisted for the ReLit Awards in the poetry category, while debut Toronto novelist Kyp Harness was nominated in the novel category for Wigford Rememberies (Nightwood Editions, $19.95).
The awards, which have been called “The country’s pre-eminent literary prize recognizing independent presses.” by The Globe & Mail are presented to the best of Canadian literature published by book publishers. To be eligible, authors must be Canadian and they must have written the nominated book while living in the country. The winners will be announced later this spring.

If 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. ...

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Donna Kane on Tour with New Memoir


Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 9:00am

Celebrated poet Donna Kane has branched into a new genre and has released a literary memoir. This May, she is touring BC and will be giving readings at the following locations: 

• Fort Nelson: The Phoenix Theatre (5319 50 Ave S) on Saturday, May 5 at 7pm

Victoria: Bolen Books (1644 Hillside Ave.) on Monday, May 7 at 7pm. 

Salt Spring Island: Salt Spring Island Public Library on Tuesday, May 8 at 7pm

• Vancouver: The Book Warehouse (4118 Main St.) on Wednesday, May 9 with Pat Ardley. Doors at 6:30pm, readings at 7pm


Set in the Muskwa-Kechika area, Summer of the Horse (Lost Moose, $19.95) examines, in intricate prose, the ecology of the Northern Rockies and offers a unique commentary on one of the few remaining intact ecosystems on the planet—one of the largest, most diverse wilderness areas in North America. At the same time, it is a tale of one woman’s self-discovery that occurs through choosing to embrace all things wild while also grappling with the flipside of that—the concept of domesticity, explored in the context of the relationship between horses and humans.


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League of Canadian Poets 2018 Awards Longlist


Posted: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 2:12pm

April is National Poetry Month! In fact, this April is the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month in Canada and we are excited to start off celebrating some wonderful works of poetry by congratulating Harbour author Cornelia Hoogland, whose book, Trailer Park Elegy, has been longlisted for the League of Canadian Poets Raymond Souster Award. This award recognizes the excellence of poetry written by members of the League.

We are also excited to congratulate Nightwood Editions author Rebecca Păpucaru, whose book, The Panic Room, was longlisted for the League of Canadian Poets Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. This award is presented to a Canadian for excellence on their first book of poetry. 

The shortlisted books for the Raymond Souster Award and Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, as well as the Pat Lowther Award and Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award, will be announced on Monday, April 30, 2018. 

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Three Harbour Books Shortlisted for Foreword Indies Best Book of the Year Award


Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 2:15pm

Congratulations to the authors of Beyond Mile Zero, Raven Walks Around the World and Hello Humpback!, who have been shortlisted for the 20th annual Foreword Indies Best Book of the Year Award! More than 2,000 entries spread across 68 genres were submitted for consideration. The list of finalists was determined by Foreword’s editorial team and the winners will be decided by a panel of judges that reflect Foreword’s readership of booksellers and librarians. We are pleased to see our authors and books in three categories:

Foreword Magazine is dedicated to celebrating the excellence of independent publishers and their authors. The winners will be announced on June 15, 2018 along with the Foreword Indie Publisher of the Year and the Editors’ Choice Prize winners.

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Alan Fry, Author of How A People Die, Dies


Posted: Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 2:53pm

Alan Fry, author of a series of bestselling novels in the 1970s and 1980s, has passed away. Born in Lac La Hache, BC, in 1931, Fry spent fifteen years as an Indian agent in rural BC before turning his hand to writing. His first novel, How A People Die, about the death of an Indigenous infant on a coastal BC reserve, was his most successful as well as his most controversial book. His other published works include The Revenge of Annie Charlie, Come a Long Journey, The Burden of Adrian Knowle, Ranch on the Cariboo, and with Wilf Taylor, Beating Around the Bush. He had been living in the Yukon for many years.

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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 www.bcbookprizes.ca.

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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.

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The Clothesline Swing Shortlisted for Lambda Literary 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.

Publisher’s Weekly praised the book, 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: “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 longlisted for CBC Canada Reads 2018 and is nominated for the 2018 Evergreen Award. It was included on 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.”

Now in their thirtieth year, the Lambda Literary Awards celebrate achievement in LGBTQ writing for books published in 2017. The awards ceremony on June 4, 2018, will be held at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. For information, visit Lambda's website: http://www.lambdaliterary.org/awards

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Congratulations to John Pass!


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

Congratulations to Harbour author John Pass, a finalist in the Terrain.org 8th Annual Poetry Contest for his poem “A Cheering Stain”. Terrain.org: 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.

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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. 

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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 CBCbooks.ca.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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 KnowBC.com, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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