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Patrick Lane Launches Washita

Friday, October 31, 2014 at 6:09pm

Planet Earth Poetry and Harbour Publishing proudly present a book launch with Patrick Lane, one of Canada’s most distinguished poets. Lane will read from Washita, his collection of new poems at 7:00pm on Sunday, November 2, at Open Space (510 Fort Street in Victoria, 2nd Floor).

Honest and self-aware, the poems in Washita evoke some of the most inexpressible experiences a human being can undergo: the loss of a parent, the breakdown of a body, the perversion of nature, the acquiring of wisdom. Introducing a new style employing medium-length, end-stopped lines, terse diction and concrete imagery, Washita has a solidity and mastery that marks it as a new highlight in Lane’s distinguished career. ...

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Michele Genest Brings 'The Boreal Feast' to the Prairies!

Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 3:03pm

Catch Yukon-based author Michele Genest as she tours the prairies with her wildly popular northern cookbook, The Boreal Feast: A Culinary Journey through the North.

Michele will be participating in the following events in the coming weeks:


Thursday, October 16 - "Circling the North" event at Wordfest, 6pm to 7:30pm, Festival Hall – 1215 10 ave SE: Michele joins conservationists Jennifer Kingsley, James Raffan and Kathleen Winter as they reflect on the beauty, vulnerability and often-invisible presence of the arctic. Hosted by Jamie Clarke. Tickets are $35. Northern Nibblies included. To purchase tickets or for more info, go to

Friday, October 17 - "Food and Culture" event at Wordfest, noon to 1pm, Theatre Junction Grand: Featuring Michele Genest and Kim Thúy. Tickets are $15, or $13 for seniors, students and Friends of CJSW. To purchase tickets and for more information, go to


Saturday, October 18 - "Savour the Words with Michele Genest" event at Litfest, 9am to 11am, Stanley A. Milner Library: A two-hour workshop in which Michele will discuss ways to clarify and articulate a personal taste and approach to food. Hosted by Theresa Agnew. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for students. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit

Saturday, October 18 - "Boreal Feast” event at Edmonton Litfest, 1:30pm to 3:30pm, Strathcona County Library: Michele will take listeners on a journey through Norway, Finland, and Sweden to discover what northern peoples around the world do with the same wild ingredients that live and grow in the North American boreal forest. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and group discounts available for group of 10 or more. For more info, and to purchase tickets, visit

Saturday, October 18 - "Food Matters" event at Edmonton Litfest, 5pm to 9pm, Glasshouse Bistro, Enjoy Centre: Also featuring Chef Shane Chartrand and Eliza Reid, "Food Matters 2014" mines the hottest food trend right now — northern Canadian and Nordic cuisine — with discussions and tastings with these three food mavens, moderated by Liane Faulder, food writer at The Edmonton Journal. Tickets for "Food Matters" are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Please note: Following "Food Matters" stay for a special multi-course table d’hôte dinner at The Glasshouse Bistro (separate reservations required; table d’hôte meal not included in Food Matters ticket), inspired by the North. To reserve, call 780-651-7361. For more info, go to


Saturday, October 25 - Book signing at McNally Robinson Winnipeg, 1pm to 3pm, 1120 Grant Avenue: Join Michele as she signs copies of The Boreal Feast. Free. For more info, contact the bookstore at 204-475-0483.


Sunday, October 26 - Book signing at McNally Robinson Saskatoon, 2pm to 4pm, 3130-8th Street East: Join Michele as she signs copies of The Boreal Feast. Free. For more info, contact the bookstore at 306-955-3599.

Monday, October 27 - Demonstration class at Saskatoon Farmers' Market, 6pm to 8:30pm: Michele shares the techniques, culinary secrets and signature flavours behind some of her most popular dishes from her new book. Recipe handouts will be provided. Tickets: $55.00 plus GST. Limited seating. Tickets available only at the Farmers' Market office. For more info, go to


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

Friday, October 3, 2014 at 2:06pm

Daniel Francis, an author, editorial director and columnist, has received the 2014 Mayor’s Arts Award for Literary Excellence! The Mayor's Arts Awards celebrate distinction in arts and culture in the city of Vancouver.

Daniel Francis has written two dozen books during his career, and he is known for combining engaging narrative with the investigation of deeper historical themes.  His most recent book, Closing Time: Prohibition, Rum-Runners and Border Wars was released by Douglas & McIntyre this September. It uncovers the history of North American prohibition from a Canadian perspective, revealing our country's role in keeping an apparently dry America supplied with booze and giving context to our own (rather brief) period of teetotalling. Complete with more than 200 images—including archival photos, newspaper clippings, and artifacts from the Jazz Age, Closing Time is an exceptional account of a fascinating time period.

Other recent books by Daniel Francis include Trucking in British Columbia: An Illustrated History and Selling Canada: Three Propaganda Campaigns that Shaped the Nation (SA&D, 2011). He was also the editorial director of the Encyclopedia of British Columbia. In 2010, Francis was shortlisted for the prestigious Pierre Berton Award, which recognizes excellence in bringing Canadian history to a wide popular audience.

Rachel Rose appointed Vancouverís Poet Laureate

Friday, October 3, 2014 at 11:40am

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

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

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

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Tim Bowling announced as Judge for Griffin Poetry Prize 2015

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 4:38pm

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

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

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

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Grant Lawrence Kootenay Valley Library Tour

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 2:05pm

Join Grant Lawrence and singer Jill Barber as they embark on a library tour of the Kootenay Valley. Lawrence will share stories from his books, show slides and a short film, and talk about his conflicted—yet ultimately positive—relationship with hockey. Jill Barber, a celebrated jazz singer, will also perform. Dates and locations are as follows:

  • Kaslo & District Public Library (413 Fourth Street, Kaslo), Monday, October 20, 2014 at 7:00pm

  • Nelson Public Library (602 Stanley Street, Nelson), Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 7:00pm

  • Creston Valley Public Library (531 16 Avenue S, Creston), Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 7:00pm

  • Beaver Valley Public Library (1847 1st Avenue, Fruitvale), Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 7:00pm

  • Rosewood Village (8125 Devito Drive, Trail), Friday, October 24, 2014 at 2:00pm. Hosted by the Trail & District Public Library

  • The Old Firehall (2115 Queen Street, Rossland), Friday, October 24, 2014 at 7:00pm. Hosted by the Rossland Public Library

  • Grand Forks & District Public Library (7342 5th Street, Grand Forks), Saturday, October 25 at 2:00pm

In addition to being a CBC host, an eminent indie-rock alumnus, and the award-winning author of the best-selling book, Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound,  Grant Lawrence has another claim to fame: as a baby, he spent part of a plane ride from Toronto to Montréal on Bobby Orr’s lap. Grant, his parents, Orr and the rest of the Canadian hockey team were on their way to Game 3 of the famous Summit Series between the Soviet Union and Canada in 1972, during the height of the Cold War. It was at this tender age that Grant’s lifelong entanglement with hockey began.

Grant Lawrence’s most recent book, The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie is an ingenious combination of hockey lore, Canadian music history and personal anecdotes. The book instantly hit the national bestseller list on its release in October 2013. It is a hilarious account of hockey's influence throughout Lawrence's life: first when he was a knee-brace-wearing bully-magnet, tormented by the hockey-obsessed jocks at his school; then as a rock star touring the country with his band, The Smugglers; and finally, when he became a CBC broadcaster and journalist who found striking connections between the worlds of hockey and music.,/p>

Lawrence's first book, Adventures in Solitude, is full of tales of his summers spent in Desolation Sound, where going to a neighbour's potluck meant being met with hugs from portly naked hippies, and where Russell the Hermit's school of life (boating, fishing and rock 'n' roll) influenced Lawrence to pursue a career in music. Shortly after it was released in 2010, Adventures in Solitude was nominated for multiple awards and won the Bill Duthie Booksellers Choice Award. It quickly hit the #1 spot on the BC Bestseller list and stayed there many months.

The Lonely End of the Rink may differ from Adventures in Solitude in that is has hockey stick-wielding bullies rather than an octopus armed with a wrench, or scenes of locker-room nudity instead of the au natural displays of Desolation Sound, but both books are full of Lawrence’s signature storytelling ability and side-splitting narration.

This free event  is presented by the Kootenay Library Federation. For more information about Grant Lawrence and his books, go to You can also find out more about Jill Barber, and listen to samples of her music at Books and CDs will be available for purchase at the events.

Michele Genest in Vancouver!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 12:32pm

Join Yukon-based author Michele Genest as she celebrates her cookbook about the food and feasts of the North, The Boreal Feast: A Culinary Journey through the North with two delectable events in Vancouver!

On Saturday, September 27 at 2pm Michele will be giving a reception, talk and cooking demonstration at Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks (1740 West 2nd Avenue). She’ll be making Finnish Pulla Bread with Blueberry Filling. Tea and cookies will be served. Tickets are $30 and include a copy of the book. Pre-registration is required: 604-688-6755.

On Tuesday, September 29 at 5:30pm Michele will be giving a talk and book signing at Book Warehouse on Broadway (632 W Broadway). Admission is free. For more information, contact Book Warehouse at 604-872-5711.


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Doretta Lau shortlisted for the City of Vancouver Book Award

Friday, September 12, 2014 at 6:14pm

Book Cover ImageThe finalists for the 2013 City of Vancouver Book Award have been announced, and How Does an Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?, by Nightwood Editions author Doretta Lau, has been nominated.

How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun is a compelling collection of short stories that present an updated and whimsical new take on what it means to be Canadian. Lau alludes to the personal and political histories of a number of young Asian Canadian characters to explain their unique perspectives of the world, artfully fusing pure delusion and abstract perception with heartbreaking reality. The book’s title refers to an interview with Chinese basketball star Yao Ming, who, when asked about the Shanghai Sharks, the team that shaped his formative sporting years, responded, “How does a single blade of grass thank the sun?” Lau’s stories feature the children and grandchildren of immigrants, transnational adoptees and multiracial adults who came of age in the 1990s—all struggling to find a place in the Western world and using the only language they know to express their hopes, fears and expectations.

The City of Vancouver Book Award is given to a book that reflects the city’s rich history and culture. The 26th annual City of Vancouver Book Award will be presented at the Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre on October 7, 2014. ...

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Alicia Priest Celebrates New Memoir with Events in Victoria & Vancouver

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 12:36pm

Join Victoria-based author and long-time journalist Alicia Priest as she celebrates the launch of her fist book, A Rock Fell on the Moon: Dad and the Great Yukon Silver Ore Heist with events in Victoria and Vancouver this September:

Victoria: Wednesday, September 17 - Book launch in the Robert Service Room at the Bard & Banker Public House (1022 Government Street) at 7:30pm. Books will be for sale by Munro’s Books, admission is free and all are welcome. For more info, call Munro's: (250) 382-2464.

Vancouver: Thursday, September 25 - Evening event at Book Warehouse on Main Street (4118 Main Street) at 7pm. Readings by Alicia's family, to be followed by a book signing. For more info, call Book Warehouse: (604) 879-7737.

A Rock Fell on the Moon is a riveting, rollicking memoir in which Priest conducts her own investigation into an infamous theft committed by her father, Gerald “Gerry” H. Priest, in the Yukon Territory in the 1960s. Gerry stole $160,000 worth of silver ore out from under the nose of his employer—one of the largest mining companies in Canada. Had the same amount of ore been stolen today, it would have been worth around $2.3 million. The theft led to a costly yearlong investigation by the RCMP, a series of expensive trials of record-breaking length for the territory, and ultimately Gerry's stint in the notorious Oakalla prison.

Gerry never admitted his guilt publicly, not even to his own daughter. In A Rock Fell on the Moon,Alicia Priest consults letters, news stories, archived RCMP files and court documents, and also interviews mine employees, litigators and RCMP investigators, to piece together the full story of her father’s infamous heist. The result is a lively, heartrending account of a mysterious crime that came extraordinarily close to succeeding; a fascinating look into the small mining communities that once thrived in the Yukon; and the personal story of Priest’s family, who could only watch aghast as the life they knew crumbled around them. As she uncovers more of the story, Alicia must reconcile two different versions of her father: the fun-loving, bush-savvy adventurer who raised her, and the man accused and convicted of the Great Yukon Silver Ore Heist.

Alicia Priest is a journalist with more than twenty-five years of newspaper, radio, magazine and reporting writing experience. Her work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Georgia Straight, Vancouver Sun, Vancouver Magazine and Western Living. She lives in Victoria, BC, with her husband Ben Parfitt—also a writer. In 2012, Alicia was diagnosed with ALS and decided that it was time to tell her family’s story. This is her first book.


Congratulations Sea Salt authors!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 5:40pm

Sea Salt: Recipes from the West Coast Galley, by British Columbia-based authors Alison Malone Eathorne, Hilary Malone and Lorna Malone (Harbour Publishing; $29.95), has been shortlisted in the 2014 Taste Canada Awards for the English-language Regional/Cultural Cookbooks category.

This is the second time the authors have received accolades. Earlier this year, Sea Salt won third place in the 2014 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards’ competition for the World’s Best Fish and Seafood Book. It is the collaborative project of the Malone family, who have been exploring Canada’s West Coast together aboard their sailboat, Aeriel, for over twenty years, ever in search of ways to add a local touch to their family fare. Gorgeously illustrated with the fresh photography of Christina Symons, the recipes feature ingredients from many of the one-of-a-kind farmers’ markets and food and drink artisans found along the BC coast. Now Sea Salt has put these local foodie hotspots on the map to an even greater degree with this recognition from the national and international culinary community.

Alison Malone Eathorne is a freelance author who's written travel, food and design articles for publications such as Western Living, BC Home, and Where Vancouver, and contributed her writing chops to the book. Her sister, Hilary Malone, is the fearless cook of the family—she won the Gold Medal in the Skills Canada BC 2013 competition, is a graduate of Vancouver Island University’s Culinary Arts Program, and contributed most of Sea Salt’s recipes. Their mother, Lorna Malone, has been sailing for over thirty years and is a veteran of yacht races like the Van Isle 360° International Yacht Race, a two-week circumnavigation of Vancouver Island—planning meals for the crew of eight helped to inspire this book.

The other nominees in the Regional/Cultural Cookbooks category are Toronto Star Cookbook by Jennifer Bain (Appetite by Random House) and Three Sisters Back to the Beginning by Betty Bakopoulos, Eleni Bakopoulos, and Samantha Bakopoulos (Adelfes). The winners will be announced in Toronto at the Award Ceremony and Gala Reception on Monday, October 20, 2014. For more information about Canada's national cookbook awards, please visit

Renee Saklikar Wins 2014 Canadian Authors Association Poetry Award


Nightwood Editions is pleased to announce Renée Sarojini Saklikar’s book children of air india: un/authorized exhibits and interjections ($18.95) won the 2014 Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry, which recognizes the best full-length English-language book of poems for adults by a Canadian writer. The CAA Award for Poetry winner receives $2000 and a silver medal. In the long-held tradition of writers honouring writers, the Canadian Authors Association announced the winners of its 2014 Literary Awards at a gala reception in Orillia, Ontario on Saturday, June 21.

Renée Sarojini Saklikar was 23 years old when her aunt and uncle were murdered on June 23, 1985, in the bombing of Air India Flight 182. In her first book of poems, children of air india: un/authorized exhibits and interjections, Saklikar presents a powerful and deeply personal collection. These poems offer a fresh perspective on a heartbreaking chapter in Canada’s history—the bombing of Air India Flight 182, which killed all 329 passengers and crew, including 82 children under the age of 13.

Saklikar breaks new ground in her approach to the Canada/Air India saga. The collection is animated by a proposition: that personal and shared violence produces continuing sonar, an echolocation that finds us, even when we choose to be unaware or indifferent. These poignant poems ...

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Letter from Gino Odjick

June 27, 2014

Gino Odjick photo, courtesy Peter LeechGino Odjick is one of Vancouver's favourite hockey players of all time. He has also devoted much of his life to making sure that First Nations people—especially childrenhave every opportunity to be successful. In We Are Born with the Songs Inside Us, journalist Katherine Palmer Gordon shares the story of Odjick's life, and his work with First Nations kids:

"Three decades after his own childhood battles with racism, Gino is saddened by the fact that First Nations children in Canada still face such struggles. But he wants to turn that challenge into opportunity for the kids he works with and to help them succeed in their goals and dreams...

"He suggests they each read a good book, and tells them how important reading has been in his life. He also tells them to never forget the importance of their cultural heritage. 'It's everything, right? The spirits never lied to me about which direction to go, and how to proceedto always see the best in people all of the time. You get what you see out of people. I tell the kids, just live with a good heart and a good mind, and just do the best that you can every day. When you live your life that way, even if you lose your discipline a little bit and stray from the Red Path a little, you will always come back. You will learn. You'll have a good life.'"

On June 26, the Vancouver Canucks released a moving letter from Odjick, who shared the sad news that he has been diagnosed with a rare terminal disease called AL amyloidosis. We would like to invite you to read this letter here:

Gino Odjick's life story will always remain a huge source of inspiration.

photo: Courtesy Peter Leech

Claire Festel (1957-2014)

Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 6:00pm

With great sadness Harbour Publishing announces the passing of author Claire Festel. Claire passed away in Penticton on June 9, just over a week after her 57th birthday.

Claire was the author of Remarkable Yukon Women (with portraits by Valerie Hodgson), which was published by Harbour Publishing in 2011. When the Hon. Doug Phillips, Commissioner of the Yukon, presented Claire with a Diamond Jubilee medal in 2013, in recognition of her contributions to the Yukon, he said "the only remarkable Yukon woman missing from the book of the same name was its author, Claire Festel."

Born in a small town on the scenic Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec, Claire early on developed a keen appreciation for storytelling and nature. Swapping stories around the bonfire down on the beach in summer or around the heater in wood camps accessed by snowmobile in winter was a key part of growing up. Claire went west to Alberta in 1976 to further her education and to explore Canada.

In 1977 she flew to the Yukon in search of a summer job and felt an immediate sense of belonging. Claire fully embraced all the territory has to offer, from running a trap line to representing the Yukon across the country on national boards to volunteering with the world's longest sled dog race. ...

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Seven Recent Books for National Aboriginal Day on Saturday, June 21

Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 6:05pm

At Harbour Publishing and Nightwood Editions, First Nations authors and books have always been an important part of our publishing programs. Here are a few of our most recent aboriginal books that we would like to highlight for National Aboriginal Day:

Raven Brings the Light and Cloudwalker, by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd are the first two books in a series of Northwest Coast Legends that are beautifully illustrated by Vickers. The series gives new life to stories that have been passed down from one generation to the next for thousands of years. As Vickers says, "These stories belong to the people of the Northwest is a great joy for me to share them in new ways, so that many more people will discover and understand this important piece of our culture."

Roy Henry Vickers has also released a book spanning the past decade of his career. Storyteller is an oversized and substantial volume that contains 118 previously unpublished works by this iconic artist.

Since 2004, journalist Katherine Palmer Gordon has interviewed dozens of young First Nations people living in British Columbia—artists and community leaders, comedians and consultants, musicians and lawyers, people who are household names and those known only within their own communities. We Are Born with the Songs Inside Us collects sixteen candid stories gleaned from those interviews, stories of people who share an unshakeable belief in the importance of their cultural heritage to their well-being, to their success at what they do, and to their everyday lives.

Carrying on "Irregardless" is a handsomely illustrated paperback based on the first exhibition to focus on humour in Northwest Coast First Nations art. With commentary from Peter Morin & Martine J. Reid & Mike Robinson, it features the work of twenty-eight prominent Northwest Coast artists, including such varied approaches to humour as a rare prehistoric Coast Salish bowl carved from stone featuring a smiling face, a 1990s etching depicting Raven and the First Men Overlooking Wreck Beach (to catch a glimpse at all the nudists, of course!) and a pair of red and yellow cedar bark high heels titled Too Haida. Collected here are artworks that act as political weapons, bold challenges to stereotypes, and nods to the Trickster. They satirize, ridicule and play. And, above all, they make us laugh, and think, and laugh again.

X is an innovative collection from award-winning poet Shane Rhodes. He takes poetry from the comfortable land of the expected to places it has seldom been. Rhodes' writes poems to and with Canada's original documents of featuring a smiling face. In an article in the Halifax Chronicle Herald, George Elliot Clarke says that “Rhodes dismisses the entire academic class of Canuck bards who look to Europe or Asia for their tutelage rather than face our “native” heritage of oppression…. I admire the radical sport of Rhodes’ lyrics and I admit my total support of his politics….Rhodes takes us down twisty, dangerous roads —of conscience and consciousness, forcing us to recognize the sins of our Confederation.”

Gregory Scofield's book Louis: The Heretic Poems raises attention about the more crucial historical events of Riel's lifetime in order to illuminate the history of western Canadian Metis people and their struggles toward recognition.

Michele Genest Celebrates New Northern Cookbook with June Events!

Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 12:25pm

Yukon-based author Michele Genest is celebrating the release of her new cookbook that celebrates the food and feasts of the North - The Boreal Feast: A Culinary Journey through the North - with events in Whitehorse, Toronto and Ottawa this June!

WHITEHORSE - Thursday, June 19: Book launch at The Old Fire Hall (1105 1st Ave.) from 5pm to 7pm. Tasty snacks and refreshments featured in the book will be provided. Admission is free and all are welcome. Books will be available for sale by Mac's Fireweed Books. For more info, call Mac's Fireweed at (867) 668-2434.

TORONTO - Monday, June 23: Talk & book signing at Ben McNally Books (336 Bay St.) from 6pm to 8pm. Tasty snacks and refreshments featured in the book will be provided. Admission is free and all are welcome. For more info, call Ben McNally Books at (416) 361-0032.

OTTAWA - Thursday, June 26: Talk & book signing at the Ottawa Public Library's Main Branch (120 Metcalfe St.) at 7pm. This event is co-hosted by the library, the Canadian Nordic Society, and Perfect Books. Tasty snacks from the book will be provided. Admission is free and all are welcome. For more info, call Perfect Books at (613) 231-6468.

TORONTO - Tuesday, July 8: Talk and book signing at the Toronto Public Library's Riverdale Branch (370 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON) from 6pm to 8pm. Admission is free and all are welcome. For more info, call the library at (416) 393-7720.

The Boreal Feast is the follow-up to Michele Genest’s bestselling cookbook The Boreal Gourmet, which received silver in Taste Canada’s Food Writing Awards in 2011. With the same sense of adventure and commitment to using the wild and cultivated foods of the boreal forest, Genest’s new book focuses on seasonal feasts. She explores how cultures across the North, from the Yukon to Scandinavia, use boreal ingredients like lingonberries, wild mushrooms, herbs, flowers, game and fish in traditional and contemporary feasts and celebrations.


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Sea Salt Wins Third at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 5:57pm

Congratulations to Nanaimo-based authors Alison Malone Eathorne, Hilary Malone and Lorna Malone, whose cookbook Sea Salt: Recipes from the West Coast Galley (Harbour Publishing; $29.95) has won third place in the 2014 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards’ competition for the World’s Best Fish and Seafood Book. The results were announced at the first Beijing Cookbook Fair on May 20 and 21, 2014, which Hilary Malone attended to accept the award. The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards had named Sea Salt Canada’s Best Fish and Seafood Book in late 2013, which made it eligible for this worldwide honour.

Sea Salt is the collaborative project of the Malone family, who have been exploring Canada’s West Coast together aboard their sailboat, Aeriel, for over twenty years, ever in search of ways to add a local touch to their family fare. Gorgeously illustrated with the fresh photography of Christina Symons, the recipes feature ingredients from many of the one-of-a-kind farmers’ markets and food and drink artisans found along our coast. Now, Sea Salt has put these local foodie hotspots on the map to an even greater extent with this recognition from the international culinary community. ...

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Fishery Officer Randy Nelson Tours with New Book - Poachers, Polluters and Politics

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 4:41pm

Cover ImageRetired fishery officer Randy Nelson’s first love was catching poachers. That obsession, plus a devious mind and enthusiasm for marathon running, spelled big trouble for law-breaking fisherman. If you were fishing out-of-season, or getting carried away and catching more than your limit, you wouldn’t want to meet Nelson. A better place to run into him would be at author events in Nanaimo and Victoria at the beginning of May, where he will be sharing stories and signing copies of his new book, Poachers, Polluters & Politics: A Fishery Officer’s Career. You can catch him at the Nanaimo Harbourfront LibraryN(90 Commercial Street) on Thursday, May 1 at 6:30pm, or at Bolen Books (111-1644 Hillside Avenue, Victoria) on Friday, May 2 at 7pm. 


The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) oversees an aspect of the province that is hugely important; BC’s waters are central to the province’s ecology and vital to our economy and our heritage. Some of the BC’s biggest issues of contention are wrapped up in managing the fisheries, and balancing industry, culture and the environment. Randy Nelson worked for the DFO for thirty-five years—a career that provided him with a whole slew of exciting, often hilarious stories about spying on poachers while hiding in hollow trees, getting attacked by grizzly bears, or awkwardly searching fishermen at nudist beaches. His work ...

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Tim Bowling Garners Second Award Nomination

Monday, April 14, 2014 at 4:48pm

Nightwood’s Tim Bowling was recently in the news for his award nomination for the 2014 Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize, an honour he has received eight times in the past fourteen years. The author now has a second reason to celebrate. On Friday, April 11, his landmark publication Selected Poems was also shortlisted for the 2014 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry.

The Stephan G. Stephansson Award is one of nine Alberta Literary Awards, administered by the Writers Guild of Alberta, which recognize and celebrate the highest standards of literary excellence from Alberta authors.

Bowling has been nominated for Alberta’s Literary Award for Poetry eight times as well, but in this case he has won the award three times, in 1998, 2007 and 2012. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Bowling’s other awards include the Canadian Authors Association National Poetry Prize, the Petra Kenney International Poetry Prize, and the Wilfred Eggleston Award for Non-Fiction. He has also been a finalist for two Governor General’s Literary Awards for Poetry and the Nereus Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize. ...

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We Celebrate National Poetry Month with Award Nominations!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 2:59pm

April is National Poetry Month, and we are starting our celebrations with two poetry award nominations! Congratulations to Russell Thornton, who was shortlisted for the Raymond Souster Award for Birds, Metals, Stones & Rain. The Raymond Souster Award is administered by the League of Canadian Poets (LCP), and it is awarded to the best book of poetry written by an LCP member. This is Russell's third award nomination for Birds, Metals, Stones & Rain.

Nightwood poet Elizabeth Bachinsky has also been shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award for her latest collection The Hottest Summer in Recorded History. The Pat Lowther prize is also administered by the LCP and is given to the best book of poetry written by a Canadian woman published in the previous year. Elizabeth was also nominated for the Pat Lowther award for her previous book, God of Missed Connections.

Both awards come with a $1,000 prize. The winners will be announced during a special ceremony at the LCP annual Poetry Festival and Conference held in Toronto on June 7, 2014.

Diane Tucker Launches 'Bonsai Love' in Vancouver

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 5:37pm

What goes together better than love and poetry? Join Harbour author Diane Tucker for the Vancouver launch of her fourth book, Bonsai Love—a collection of poems about the sensual delicacy of love. The event will take place on Sunday, April 27 at Cottage Bistro (4470 Main St) starting at 7pm, and will also feature a musical performance by Vancouver-based sing/songwriter and Nightwood Editions author Rodney DeCroo.

In Bonsai Love, Diane Tucker takes on that most amorphous, challenging and inescapable of literary themes: love. Her eloquent poems move us through the evolving stages of a single relationship, from beginning to bittersweet end. Carefully pruned, intricate in design and sensitive to intrusion, these poems combine to organically reveal an intricate love story.


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'Bonsai Love' Book Trailer

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 11:50am

Check out this beautiful book trailer for Diane Tucker's new book of poems, Bonsai Love, due out this April! It was made by her clearly also talented son, Joe Tucker.

Bonsai Love - Diane Tucker from Joe Tucker on Vimeo.


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Friday, March 21, 2014 at 11:16am

PluckBestselling author Laisha Rosnau has a new book of poetry out with Nightwood Editions, and she will be on the West Coast giving a series of readings. Pluck is a collection that takes on issues of sexulity, female vulnerability and parenthood with delicacy and intent. Rosnau often uses animal imagery to expose the primal innocence or ferocity of the human nature, both of which emerge particularly in rural settings. The details of Laisha’s upcoming events are as follows:

Vancouver Book Launch: Laisha Rosnau and Nancy Lee, author of The Age (McLelland and Stewart), will launch their books at the False Creek Yacht Club starting at 7:00pm on Tuesday, March 25. The authors will kick off the evening with readings. There will be a cash bar, and books will be available to purchase (cash or cheque only, please)

Planet Earth Poetry Series: Laisha Rosnau will read at the Moka House (1633 Hillside) in Victoria starting at 7:30pm on Friday, March 28 with Naomi Beth Wakan, David Bateman and Cornelia Hoogland.

Green College Special Literary Event: Laisha Rosnau and Nancy Lee will read at the Coach House at Green College, UBC at 5pm on Wednesday April 2. There will also be a special fireside reading at 8pm, where Laisha and Nancy will join Green College residents Nicole Boyce, Sarah Higgins, Zach Matteson, and Jeffrey Ricker at the Piano Lounge of Graham House.

Russell Books – Book Launch: Laisha Rosnau will read with Garth Martens who is launching his first book of poetry at Russell Books in Victoria at 7:30pm on Thursday, April 3. Other visiting authors will include Gillian Wigmore and Jennica Harper.

Laisha Rosnau is the author of the bestselling novel The Sudden Weight of Snow, the Acorn-Plantos People’s Poetry Prize-winning collection Notes on Leaving, and Lousy Explorers. Laisha Rosnau’s work has been published in Canada, the US, the UK and Australia, and she was recently anthologized in White Ink: Poems on Mothers and Motherhood and Rocksalt: An Anthology of Contemporary BC Poetry. Rosnau currently lives with her husband and two young children in Coldstream, BC. Pluck is her fourth book.

Congratulations to Nightwood Author Tim Bowling

Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 11:03am

Nightwood Editions author Tim Bowling—originally from Ladner, BC, and now living in Edmonton—is no stranger to book awards. His work has garnered numerous prizes and honours, including the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for poetry, the CAA Award for Poetry, the Petra Kenney International Poetry Prize and two Governor General’s Literary Award nominations. But it’s an unusual occurrence to be shortlisted for the same award eight times in only fourteen years.

On March 17th, Bowling’s latest book, Selected Poems, was shortlisted for the 2014 Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize, the eighth time Bowling has been nominated for this particular award.

The Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize was established by the City Council in 1995 and is administered by the Writers' Guild of Alberta. The $10,000 award was recently renamed to honour Robert Kroetsch, who died in a tragic car accident in 2011. Nominated books must deal with some aspect of the city of Edmonton or be written by an Edmonton author. It is sponsored by Audreys Books and the Edmonton Arts Council. The winner will be announced at the annual Mayor’s Celebration for the Arts on April 28, 7:00pm at the Winspear Centre. ...

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Congratulations to our BC Book Prize Nominees

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 4:23pm

The nominees for the 2014 BC Book Prizes were announced today, and Harbour Publishing would like to congratulate Russell Thornton, author of Birds, Metals, Stones and Rain, and Renée Sarojini Saklikar, author of children of air india. Both these books were shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. We would also like to congratulate Robert Budd and Roy Henry Vickers, whose book, Raven Brings the Light  was shortlisted for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice award.

Birds, Metals, Stones and Rain is a book of verse that explores powerful, primary human relationships through images of two worlds: the natural and the urban industrial.

Russell Thornton’s previous books include The Fifth Window, A Tunisian Notebook, House Built of Rain (which was also shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, as well as the ReLit Award for poetry) and The Human Shore. He won the League of Canadian Poets National Contest in 2000 and The Fiddlehead's Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize in 2009. Birds, Metals, Stones and Rain is his most recent collection. It was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Award in 2013.

children of air india is a powerful and deeply personal collection that offers a fresh perspective on a heartbreaking chapter in Canada’s history—the bombing of Air India Flight 182 that killed all 329 passengers and crew.

Renée Sarojini Saklikar’s work includes poetry and non-fiction. She also writes thecanadaproject, a life-long poem chronicle about her life from India to Canada, from Coast to Coast.

The Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize is given to a BC or Yukon poet for a new book of poems. The other nominees are The Place of Scraps by Jordan Abel (Talonbooks); The Lost Letters by Catherine Greenwood (Brick Books); and Wood by Jennica Harper (Anvil Press).

Raven Brings the Light is the first in a series of Northwest Coast legends written by iconic artist Roy Henry Vickers and oral historian Robert Budd. The books in the series are beautifully illustrated by Roy Henry Vickers. The series will give new life to stories that have been passed on from one generation to the next for thousands of years.

Roy Henry Vickers is s a renowned carver, painter and printmaker whose Eagle Aerie Gallery in Tofino, BC, has become a provincial landmark. In 1998, Roy was appointed to the Order of British Columbia and in 2006, the Order of Canada, and has received the Queen's Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals. He currently lives in Hazelton, BC.

Robert Budd has built a career on sharing stories. Holding an MA in history, he has digitized many high profile oral history collections including that of the Nisga'a First Nation. He is the author of the book Voices of British Columbia (Douglas & McIntyre), which was shortlisted for the 2011 Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award. He currently lives in Victoria, BC.

The Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award is given to book that is the most successful in terms of public appeal, initiative, design, production and content. The prize is shared by the publishers and the authors. The other finalists for the award are This Day in Vancouver by Jesse Donaldson (Anvil Press), The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie by Grant Lawrence (Douglas & McIntyre), The Land of Heart’s Delight: Early Maps and Charts of Vancouver Island by Michael Layland (Touchwood Editions) and The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous by Paula Wild (Doulgas & McIntyre).

For more information on the BC Book Prizes, go to

Sixteen Exciting New Titles for Spring 2014

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 10:44am

Harbour’s 2014 Spring list, featuring subjects such as cooking, gardening, poetry, First Nations art, short stories and cartoons, has titles to keep you going from spring cleaning all the way through to summer beach reading.

On the heels of their previous bestseller, Raven Brings the Light (Harbour Publishing, 2013), Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd return with another beautifully illustrated children’s book, Cloudwalker, which tells the tale of how the Sacred Headwaters and three rivers arising from it were formed. For those yearning for more from the fantastic duo, Storyteller, a gorgeous coffee-table book, features 120 prints painted by the talented Roy Henry Vickers over the last decade.

Michele Genest, author of The Boreal Gourmet (Harbour Publishing, 2010), again pays tribute to the flavours of the North with The Boreal Feast. This masterpiece is truly an adventure, morphing Northern European traditions with Canadian ones to create both a culinary and a cultural exploration. ...

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Sea Salt Chosen as Canada's Best Fish and Seafood Book

Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:55pm

Sea Salt: Recipes from the West Coast GalleyCongratulations to Lorna Malone, Alison Malone Eathorne and Hilary Malone, authors of Sea Salt: Recipes from the West Coast Galley (Harbour Publishing; $29.95), which has won the 2013 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards’ competition for Canada’s Best Fish and Seafood Book!

It will now go on to compete against the winners in other countries for the same category to be named the Best Fish and Seafood Book in the World. The results for that competition will be announced at their annual awards event in Beijing during the first “Beijing Cookbook Fair” in May 19-24, 2014.

Canada's West Coast is home to a plethora of one-of-a-kind farms, farmers’ markets, and food artisans, not to mention cideries, wineries and breweries, if one only knows where to look. Sea Salt is the collaborative project of the Malone family, who have been exploring this coast together aboard their sailboat, Aeriel, for over twenty years, ever in search of ways to add a local touch to their family fare. They’ve drizzled barbecued brie bought from Hilary’s Cheese in Cowichan Bay with thyme-infused honey; sipped a favourite vintage from the Saturna Island Family Estate Winery alongside their own fresh Manila Clam Linguine; and sprinkled Sea Salt and Caramel Brownies with rock salt from the Vancouver Island Salt Company, based in Cobble Hill. ...

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Congratulations to Tom Wayman, winner of the 2013 Acorn-Plantos Award

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 10:55am

A collection of poems which considers the effects of Canada’s military involvement in the Afghan War on the daily lives of ordinary Canadians has been awarded the 2013 Acorn-Plantos Award.

The prize, which was just announced, went to West Kootenay author Tom Wayman, for his most recent collection Dirty Snow. The annual award goes to a book of poems in the accessible tradition of such major Canadian poets as Al Purdy, Dorothy Livesay and Milton Acorn.

Dirty Snow is a reminder of where poetry should be: at the forefront of political thought, drawing the connections that help us to deeply consider our relationship to the actions of our country and the world around us,” said Vancouver Weekly’s review of the volume.

“Tracing the lines between life at home and war abroad, the collection explores the murders committed and deaths suffered by Canadian troops during the military involvement in Afghanistan. Primarily though, it’s concerned with the connections we’d rather not draw--the ways Canadian war affects us personally, and, perhaps most unsettling, the ways that it doesn’t.”

Wayman said he was pleased that the Acorn-Plantos Award committee felt his book follows in the footsteps of Purdy, Livesay and Acorn, whose writing he said he admires.

“At a time when our politicians at every level are devoid of any sense of shame, and when the traditional upholders of a moral sense such as the union movement or the churches stand silent, a public poetry is more important than ever.

“To write public poetry well is thus a vital responsibility,” Wayman said. “I’m happy that the Acorn-Plantos Award committee feels Dirty Snow fulfils that responsibility.”

The award carries a $500 prize, and a medallion based on that given to Acorn in 1970 when he was designated by his peers the “People’s Poet.”

Writer Gets a Piece of Beaver

November 20, 2013

H. White of Harbour Publishing was presented with the Beaver Medal Nov. 20. The medal recognizes service to the marine industry of BC and was presented by Lieutenant Governor Guichon at the Victoria Yacht Club. The medal itself is cast from copper salvaged from the HBC steamer SS Beaver.

Harbour Elder Writes First Book at Age 99

Monday, November 25, 2013 at 8:46am

Harbour Publishing is sometimes teased for the high average age of its authors, many of whom are west coast pioneers writing memoirs late in life. The champ until now was Rex Terpening, who wrote the bestselling Bent Props and Blow Pots at age 90, but this week he was deposed by pioneer truck logger Frank White, who breaks into print with his first book at the tender age of 99! Milk Spills and One-Log Loads is a rollicking tale of trucking bulk milk and bootleg spuds in the Fraser Valley and then operating the first rickety trucks in the logging industry when motors were small and the trees were so gigantic often one log was all a truck could carry. Milk Spills and One-Log Loads is an evocative snapshot of an earlier era on the west coast, rich with side-splitting anecdotes and great old photos. Meet its venerable author at the launch, to be held at the Pender Harbour School of Music on Dec. 1, from 2-4 PM.

The Queen of Kale is given a Taste Canada Food Writing Award

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 3:58pm

Book of Kale coverTaste Canada―The Food Writing Awards celebrated the vibrancy and diversity of Canadian culinary publishing with an Award Ceremony and Gala Reception last night at the Arcadian Court in Toronto. The event, hosted by Stefano Faita of CBC TV’s In the Kitchen with Stefano Faita, drew authors and supporters from around the country. Harbour Publishing author Sharon Hanna (aka the "Queen of Kale" was honoured as the winner in the single-subject cookbooks category for The Book of Kale: The Easy-to-Grow Superfood. The jury said the writing “has real personality and charm” and that the book “has integrity, heart and pure deliciousness.”

The Book of Kale is a delightful and trendsetting book that celebrates one of the most nutritious foods in existence—a leafy green that also happens to be virtually foolproof to grow. Packed to the brim with superb recipes and Sharon Hanna's signature wit, The Book of Kale has not only won over eager nutrition fanatics—it has also converted even the most stubborn of kale critics. Groundbreaking in the way that it encourages people to grow their own food, this book is the ideal resource for anyone who wants to take the first easy steps towards a more sustainable way of living and eating.

Taste Canada―The Food Writing Awards is an evolution of the former Canadian Culinary Book Awards. These newly branded awards annually recognize and celebrate superior writing and publishing throughout Canada’s culinary world, both English and French. This year, there were 64 submissions to the awards. The other nominees in the English-language single-subject cookbooks category were The Complete Preserving Book by Tina Anson Mine and The Vegetarian's Complete Quinoa Cookbook by Mairlyn Smith.

Book Club Guide & Teaching Resource Now Available for 'In Antarctica'

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 3:09pm

In Antarctica: An Amundsen Pilgrimage, published by Nightwood Editions, is the new travel memoir by Vancouver Island University professor Jay Ruzesky. Ruzesky's famous ancestor Roald Amundsen was a Norwegian explorer who became the first person to reach the South Pole, and one hundred years later, Ruzesky followed his footsteps all the way to Antarctica himself. In Antarctica is the story of both men's journeys, linking history with the present.

Now available for the first time are the Book Club Guide and Teaching Resource for In Antarctica, to help book clubs facilitate conversations around the memoir with their members, and teachers plan activities and discussions with their students. These resources are available to download for free on the In Antarctica book page, or by clicking the links above. ...

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 4:55pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

Distribution Change: Caitlin Press

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 2:53pm

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

Important Dates for Retailers:

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

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

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

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

Please visit for more information.

KnowBC: Revamped & Renewed

Monday, January 9, 2012 at 12:35pm

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

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

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

·     Far West: The Story of British Columbia

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

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

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

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

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

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