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News from Harbour Publishing
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.
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
Congratulations 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.
Mike McCardell is Back!
Friday, November 8, 2013 at 12:19pm
Full of McCardell’s unmistakable wit and fascinating archival photos, Haunting Vancouver takes the reader back in time for a rollicking tour of Vancouver’s history. Meet the “gassy” personality of saloon-owner Jack Deighton, learn of the expensive mistake once made by logging entrepreneur Edward Stamp, and go for a paddle with Pauline Johnson as she mulls over the name she should give to her favourite place: Lost Lagoon.
Haunting Vancouver is one of the most laughable, laudable and accessible tellings of Vancouver’s inception and development ever published. And it’s all true… well, almost.
- Saturday, November 9 – 1:30pm. Black Bond Books, Haney Place Mall, 141-11900 Haney Place in Maple Ridge
- Saturday, November 16 – 1:30pm. Black Bond Books, Royal City Centre, 102-610 Sixth Street in New Westminster
- Saturday, November 23 – 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Coles, Seven Oaks Mall, 32900 S. Fraser Way in Abbotsford
- Saturday, November 30 – 1:30pm. Black Bond Books, Semiahmoo Mall, 134-1711 152nd Street in White Rock
Saturday, December 7 – 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Costco, 1127 Sumas Way in Abbotsford
David R. Conn Tours Vancouver Island with Raincoast Chronicles 22
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 5:10pm
Harbour Publishing’s Raincoast Chronicles series has been highlighting the people who have defined life on BC’s coast for over forty years. Guest editor David R. Conn is celebrating the release of the 22nd issue of the series—Raincoast Chronicles 22: Saving Salmon, Sailors and Souls: Stories of Service on the BC Coast—with a book tour on Vancouver Island this November. Join David at the following locations:
Victoria – Book signing at Munro’s Books (1108 Government St) on Saturday, November 16 from 2pm to 3pm. For more information contact Munro’s at (250) 382-2464 or email@example.com.
Comox – Book signing at the Comox Library (101-1720 Beaufort Ave) on Monday, November 18 from 10:30am to 11:30am, with books for sale by Blue Heron Books. For more information, contact Blue Heron Books at (250) 339-6111.
Campbell River – Slideshow presentation along with local contributor Constance Kretz, at the Campbell River Library (1240 Shoppers Row) on Monday, November 18 starting at 6:30pm, with books for sale by Coho Books. Constance Kretz’ piece in the book tells stories from the first fifty years at the historic Painter’s Lodge. For more information, contact Coho Books at (250) 287-2336 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parksville – Book signing at The Mulberry Bush Bookstore (102 280 Island Hwy E) on Tuesday, November 19 from 10:30am to 11:30am. Fore more information contact the store at 250-248-1193 or email@example.com.
Nanaimo – Book signing at Nanaimo Maps and Charts (8 Church Street) on Tuesday, November 19 from 2pm to 3pm. For more information contact the store at (250) 754-2513.
Raincoast Chronicles 22, gathered by guest editor David R. Conn, is inspired by BC’s service workers—the givers, guardians, helpers and volunteers who have contributed to the making of our region....
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The Queen of Kale is given a Taste Canada Food Writing Award
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 3:58pm
Taste 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.
Congratulations to Tom Wayman and Chris Hutchinson
October 23, 2013
Congratulations to Harbour author Tom Wayman and Nightwood author Chris Hutchinson, who have been shortlisted for the 2013 Acorn-Plantos Award for People’s Poetry. Wayman’s eighteenth collection, Dirty Snow, unflinchingly considers the impact of the Afghan War: its absence and presence in Canadians’ everyday lives as citizens of a nation at war. Hutchinson’s A Brief History of the Short-Lived brings the full force of the author’s linguistic dexterity to bear on the elusive subject of literature itself.
The Acorn-Plantos Award for People’s Poetry comes with a medallion and a $500 prize. It is awarded annually to a Canadian poet whose work is accessible to all people in its use of language and image and follows in the tradition of some of Canada’s major poets, such as Milton Acorn, Ted Plantos, Dorothy Livesay and Al Purdy. The winner will be announced in November.
Raincoast Chronicles 22 Launches in Vancouver!
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 2:09pm
Harbour Publishing’s Raincoast Chronicles series has been highlighting the people who have defined life on BC’s coast for over forty years. Join guest editor David R. Conn for a book launch celebrating the release of the 22nd issue of the series—Raincoast Chronicles 22: Saving Salmon, Sailors and Souls: Stories of Service on the BC Coast—at the Vancouver Maritime Museum’s Teekay Gallery (1905 Ogden Ave., Vancouver) on Saturday, November 2 at 7:30pm. This event features presentations by editor David R. Conn and contributors Constance Kretz, Heather Conn, Peter Robson, and more. Doors open at 7pm, admission is free, and refreshments are provided.
Raincoast Chronicles 22 is inspired by BC’s service workers—from doctors to helicopter rescue pilots, from Vancouver bus drivers to Fisheries employees counting sockeye returns, from clergymen to deckhands. Throughout BC’s history, the everyday contributions of hardworking people that often go unnoticed have had a huge impact on the development and identity of the province.
Please pre-register to attend the launch of Raincoast Chronicles 22 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org....
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Russell Thornton gets a GG Nomination
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 5:32pm
Birds, Metals, Stones and Rain is an intensely personal collection that explores human relationships through images of two worlds: the natural and the urban industrial. A scavenger alley crow is the universal creative spirit in brutal primordial disguise. A murderously violent father and son are integrated into a single new man who walks “bright as a song in the air.” Simple grass is the iron of an invisible forging within nature that involves the human creative consciousness. A young daughter flings up her arms to seagulls that “collect up the world, opening it like a door.” Birds, Metals, Stones and Rain reveals how essential human identity reinitiates human consciousness in a participatory universe.
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Brad Cran shortlisted for the City of Vancouver Book Award
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 5:26pm
Ink on Paper is a compelling collection of political poems that express an acute sensitivity to place. Whether Cran is writing about two grey whales that swam into Vancouver’s inner harbour, or the hopes that the residents of the “bad side of town” have for their neighbourhood, his work is deeply rooted in issues of social justice—particularly in Vancouver. Cran’s poems are a fresh and provocative examination of urban culture and the natural world, told with keen awareness and gritty poetic precision.
Brad Cran served as Poet Laureate for the City of Vancouver ...
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We Are Born with the Songs Inside Us Launches in Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 11:19am
Since 2004, journalist Katherine Palmer Gordon has interviewed dozens of First Nations people living in British Columbia. Her book, We Are Born With the Songs Inside Us: Lives and Stories of First Nations People in British Columbia collects sixteen stories gleaned from those interviews. This fall, Gordon will be celebrating the release of this inspiring collection, with some of the people featured in the book, in the following cities:
- Vancouver: Saturday, September 28 from 2pm to 4pm at the Bill Reid Gallery (639 Hornby St.).
- Nanaimo: Wednesday, October 16 at 6:30pm at the Harbourfront Library (90 Commercial St.).
- Victoria: Friday, October 18 at 6:00pm at Alcheringa Gallery (665 Fort St.).
We Are Born with the Songs Inside Us gathers the thoughts and hopes of young First Nations people living in twenty-first century Canada—artists and community leaders, comedians and consultants, musicians and lawyers, people who are household names and those known only within their own communities.
Among them is Kim Baird, former chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation, who negotiated the Tsawwassen Treaty; Gino Odjick, ...
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Harbour Publishing and Nightwood Editions Authors at Word Vancouver
Friday, September 20, 2013 at 10:36am
Don't miss Harbour Publishing and Nightwood Edition's booth at this year's Word Vancouver, a national celebration of literacy and the written word. Come out to the Library Square and CBC Plaza in Vancouver on Sunday, September 29 from 11am-5pm. You'll find us at the Independent Publisher's Tent, and can take a look at our new fall titles, and enter raffles for free Harbour, Nightwood and Douglas & McIntyre Books!
Word Vancouver is a great chance to see some of Harbour and Nightwood's authors up close.
Roy Henry Vickers and Lucky Budd will be giving a storytelling and showing their magnificent, #1 bestselling book, Raven Brings the Light.
There is sure to be some uncontrolloble laughter coming from the Canada Writes tent as Vancouver Sun theatre critic Mark Leiren-Young unabashedly gives us a behind-the-scenes look at one of the first productions he was involved in. He will read from his memoir Free Magic Secrets Revealed.
Gary Kent, author of the West Coast favourites, Fishing with Gubby and Gubby Builds a Boat (with illustrator Kim La Fave), will be as entertaining as always at Kid's Words in the Children's Library.
If you're looking for poetry, you won't want to miss two powerful, intensely personal readings: Russell Thornton will read from Birds, Metals, Stones & Rain at the Poetry in Transit launch, and Brad Cran, the former Poet Laureate of Vancouver, will read from Ink on Paper in the Poetry Tent.
For schedules or more information about Word Vancouver, go to wordvancouver.ca.
Author Claire Festel Awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 5:23pm
Harbour Publishing would like to congratulate author Claire Festel for being presented with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal on June 8, 2013. She was presented the medal, an award for significant achievements by Canadians, in recognition of her contributions to the Yukon.
Festel's latest contribution was her book Remarkable Yukon Women, which paints a picture of what life is really like for women in the Yukon. When the Hon. Doug Phillips, Commissioner of the Yukon, presented the Diamond Jubilee medal, he said "The only remarkable Yukon woman missing from the book of the same name was its author, Claire Festel."
Throughout her lifetime, Festel has lived as a true Yukoner: canoeing, hiking and flying to remote destinations and working as a labourer, trapper, writer and journalist. She served as Executive Director for the Tourism Industry Association, Chair of the Heritage Resources Board and volunteered for the Yukon Quest sled dog race. Two days before she was awarded the medal, Festel and 29 of the 50 women featured in her book attended a tea where they presented a donation to Karen's Fund, a legacy that provides financial assistance to women undergoing treatment for breast cancer, to celebrate the connection between women and their community.
Rodney DeCroo Performs Poetry at Vancouver Fringe Festival
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 4:22pm
Rodney DeCroo, the highly-acclaimed singer-songwriter and author of Allegheny, BC, is moving his poetry onto the stage at The Cultch (1895 Venables St.) for a 10-day run during the Vancouver Fringe Festival (September 5-15). The Vancouver-based musician has teamed up with veteran theatre director Jane Heyman (who recently directed Three Sisters at The Cultch)— a teacher from DeCroo’s days at acting school (Studio 58) in the ‘90s— to make transform Allegheny, BC into an act of transformative theatre.
Allegheny, BC, will be playing at The Cultch at the following times:
- Thursday, Sept 5 - 5:00 pm
- Friday, Sept 6 - 10:30 pm
- Saturday, Sept 7 - 7:00 pm
- Sunday, Sept 8 - 1:00 pm
- Tuesday, Sept 10 - 8:30 pm
- Wednesday, Sept 11 - 5:00 pm
- Thursday, Sept 12 - 10:30 pm
- Friday, Sept 13 - 7:00 pm
- Saturday, Sept 14 - 8:30 pm
- Sunday, Sept 15 - 6:30
This is the final chapter in a trinity of works that began in 2012 with the release of DeCroo’s album, Allegheny. ...
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Pioneer Doctor Celebrated in New Memoir
Friday, August 16, 2013 at 5:43pm
Dr. Alan Swan (1928-2011) was one of the Sunshine Coast's memorable doctors. His career on the coast began in 1954, when St. Mary's Hospital was located in Pender Harbour, and Dr. Swan, at the age of 26, was only two years older than the hospital. This was at a time when a diesel generator supplied the hospital's power, and use of the x-ray machine would produce a brownout throughout the entire building. Doctors also regularly had to make house calls to isolated places accessible only by boat or plane, sometimes in the dead of night.
Despite the many challenges of a rural practice, Swan loved the Sunshine Coast and worked in Pender Harbour and in Sechelt for 22 years. His memoir, House Calls by Float Plane: Stories of a West Coast Doctor, is full of entertaining and poignant anecdotes about the many interesting people he encountered--such as tougher-than-tough loggers and bushed homesteaders--and what it was like practicing medicine from the 1950s to the 1970s.
Swan passed away in 2011, but not before he had meticulously written down his stories and left the manuscript with his family. The result is the testament of a good man looking back on a career serving unforgettable characters in an unforgettable place.
Dr. Swan's family and friends will launch House Calls by Float Plane on Monday, August 19 at 7:00 pm at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (5714 Medusa Street). Everyone is welcome to come to the event, which will feature readings of Dr. Swan's stories, a slide show presentation featuring photos from the book, refreshments and book sales by Talewind Books. The author's proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to St. Mary's Hospital Foundation.
New Voices and Classic Characters at the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts
Monday, August 12, 2013 at 10:49am
This August, the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts will feature Brad Somer, one of Canada's hottest new voices in fiction, as well as a classic TV personality, Jackson Davies, who played Constable John Constable on the well-loved TV show, The Beachcombers.
Brad Somer, the author of Imperfections, will read from his novel at the New Voices event on Sunday, August 19 at 3pm, along with Théodora Armstrong, author of No Wind, 100% Visibility. The event is being moderated by Susan Swan. Somer's hilarious, yet poignant novel examines society's twisted notions of beauty, and critiques our obsession with physical perfection. It was chosen by Canadian booksellers as one of the top eight fiction books of 2012; it also received a CBC Bookie Award (the reader's choice awards) for the top "New Kid on the Block." In a starred review in Quill & Quire, Mark Sampson wrote: "Virtually every paragraph of Imperfections teems with authorial talent unafraid to show itself off. Let's hope we see lots more of Bradley Somer on Canadian literature's catwalk. Work it, baby, work it." Clearly, Brad Somer is a writer to watch!
Jackson Davies will provide an insider's perspective to the Beachcombers on Sunday, August 18 at 9:00am. He will share stories from his book, Bruno and the Beach: The Beachcombers at 40, which was written with show's co-creator and principal writer, the late Marc Strange. The book is full of anecdotes, hundreds of archival photos and some surprising revelations. It celebrates the show that was groundbreaking for its First Nations content, and notable for an outstanding supporting cast, including Robert Clothier (Relic), Pat John (Jesse), Rae Brown (Molly), and, of course, Jackson Davies.
For more information, go to www. http://www.writersfestival.ca/
Zero-Mile Living in the Kootenays with Carolyn Herriot
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 9:11am
Carolyn Herriot—an expert gardener, food activist, cook and seed producer—will be touring the Kootenays this September. Herriot is a devoted proponent of zero-mile living, and she shares her vast knowledge in her book, The Zero-Mile Diet, and its companion, The Zero-Mile Diet Cookbook, which is full of fantastic ideas for indulging in meals that use homegrown ingredients. On her tour, Herriot will be speaking about sustainable living and delicious food, and how the two go hand-in-hand. She will also be signing copies of her books, and will be available to answer any questions about gardening, preserving the harvest, and preparing recipes. She will be making stops at the following locations:
Kaslo: September 4 at 10:00am at St Andrews United Church (500-4th Street)
*presented by the Kaslo & District Public Library
- Salmo: September 4 at 7:00pm at the Public Library(106-4th Street)
- Creston: September 5 at 1:00pm at the Public Library (531 16th Avenue)
- Cranbrook: September 5 at 7:00pm at the Public Library (1212 2nd St. North)
- Kimberley:September 6 at 11:00am at the Public Library (115 Spokane St.)
Sparwood:September 6 at 5:00pm at the Farmer's Market
*presented by the Sparwood Public Library
- Fruitvale: September 7 at 10:00am at the Beaver Valley Public Library (1847 1st St.)
- Grand Forks: September 7 at 3:00pm at the Public Library(7342-5th St.)
Sharon Hanna Shortlisted for a Taste Canada Food Writing Award
Friday, August 2, 2013 at 10:31am
Taste Canada―The Food Writing Awards have announced the shortlist for 2013. The Book of Kale: The Easy-to-Grow Superfood, by Harbour Publishing author Sharon Hanna, has been nominated in the single-subject cookbooks category. The jury said the writing “has real personality and charm” and that the book "has integrity, heart and pure deliciousness.”
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, representing a brilliant snapshot of the vibrancy and diversity of Canadian culinary publishing. The winners will be announced, together with the names of the jurors, at the Award Ceremony and Gala Reception on Monday, 4th November, at the Arcadian Court in Toronto.
The Book of Kale is a delightful 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 will win over even the most stubborn of kale critics.
Other nominees in the single-subject cookbooks category are The Complete Preserving Book by Tina Anson Mine, The Vegetarian's Complete Quinoa Cookbook by Mairlyn Smith, Les desserts de Patrice by Patrice Demers, La mijoteuse : de la lasagne à la crème brulée by Ricardo Larrivée, and Cabane à sucre Au pied de Cochon: Le sirop d'erable by Martin Picard.
Helene Dobrowolsky Launches 'Law of the Yukon' in Whitehorse
Monday, July 29, 2013 at 4:23pm
Whitehorse historian and author Helene Dobrowolsky is celebrating the launch of a newly revised edition of her definitive history of the RCMP in the Yukon - Law of the Yukon: A History of the Mounted Police in the Yukon - in Whitehorse. The book launch event will take place at the MacBride Museum of Yukon History (1124 1st Avenue) on Wednesday, August 7 from 5pm to 7pm.
Law of the Yukon tells the rich story of more than a century of policing in the North. With the flood of gold-crazed men and women that came rushing into the territory with the discovery of the rich Klondike goldfields in the 1880s, the northern wilderness that we now know as the Yukon and its aboriginal population were overwhelmed by newcomers. Yet the Yukon was no lawless frontier. Despite the challenges of blinding snowstorms, steep mountain passes, raging rapids and novice gold seekers, a small force of North-West Mounted Police managed to patrol thousands of square kilometres of wilderness to maintain order....
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Harbour Author Still Going Strong at 100
Friday, July 26, 2013 at 9:59am
Harbour Publishing has sometimes been accused of having a lot of authors who are (ahem) a bit mature, but Rex Terpening, author of Bent Props & Blow Pots: A Pioneer Remembers Northern Bush Flying, has carried the trend to new heights. Surrounded by family and friends on July 23, Rex had the satisfaction of receiving a letter from the Queen congratulating him on his 100th birthday!
We add our hearty congratulations to Her Majesty's!
Rex Terpening is one of the very last of a breed of air engineers who flew with the bush pilots and shared all of the routine hazards they faced. Now starting his second century, Rex is a perceptive observer who writes not only with an insight gained from a lifetime in aviationmuch of it at the grassroots levelbut with humour and sensitivity.
Although Rex ranks as Harbour's senior author, he published his book when he was merely 90. The record for oldest active author in the Harbour list goes to Frank White, who will be publishing his first book this October. Frank is 99.
Tim Bowling Reads in BC
Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 1:04am
Tim Bowling kick-started a notable career when he published his first poetry collection, Low Water Slack, with Nightwood Editions in December 1995. Now, eighteen years later, he has published ten collections of poetry, two books of non-fiction, four novels, and has won both national and international awards for his work.
Bowling celebrates twenty years of writing with his latest collection, Selected Poems, which gathers together his finest poems. He returns to his home province of British Columbia to launch his book at the Ladner Pioneer Library on Thursday, July 11 at 7:00pm and also appears at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery, at a reading hosted by the Gibsons Live Poets Society, on Thursday, July 18 at 7:00pm.
Tim is joined by his partner and fellow author Theresa Shea, who will be reading from her debut novel, The Unfinished Child (Brindle & Glass).
For more information about these two events, please visit our Events Calendar!
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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Rachel Rose Wins the Pat Lowther Memorial Award
June 8, 2013
Vancouver poet Rachel Rose has won another award for her latest book, Song and Spectacle. On June 8th, the League of Canadian Poets presented her with the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, which is given to a female poet in Canada and honours Pat Lowther, whose career was cut short by her untimely death in 1975. Earlier this year, Song and Spectacle also won the prestigious Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry.
Song and Spectacle is the Rose’s third book of poetry. The judges for the Pat Lowther Award (Kate Braid, Gay Allison and Marsha Barber) described the collection as “a fierce appeal to both the heart and the mind” and commented that Rose "lures you to come closer as she talks about anything, everything – from rain to death to breastfeeding – and you come away feeling somehow wiser, and lighter.” (poets.ca)
In Song and Spectacle, Rose’s craft as a lyricist ...
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Six new titles to liven up Fall 2013!
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 10:24am
Harbour Publishing is delighted announce our Fall 2013 list, with six new exciting titles on history and regional interest, First Nations, literary criticism, and sport.
In Haunting Vancouver: A Nearly True History, beloved author Mike McCardell takes readers on a personal tour of Vancouver’s past, introducing the eccentric characters who built the city. Full of McCardell’s trademark humour, this title proves that truth really is stranger than fiction.
Harbour’s signature anthology Raincoast Chronicles returns with Raincoast Chronicles 22: Givers, Guardians, Helpers and Volunteers, edited by David R. Conn, offers a collection full of memorable characters and laudable deeds set on British Columbia’s coast
Local history fans are sure to be captivated by local legend Frank White’s Milk Spills and One-Log Loads: Memories of a Pioneer Truck Driver. At 99 years old, Frank tells the story of his life in transportation spanning from the age of the horse and buggy, chronicling the growth of trucking in British Columbia’s freight and logging industries.
Be sure to catch Harbour’s First Nations release We Are Born with the Songs Inside Us: Lives and Stories of First Nations People in British Columbia. Written by Katherine Palmer Gordon, with a foreword by National Chief Shawn a-in-chut Atleo, this inspirational title features compelling and candid stories of young Aboriginal people in Canada.
Nicolas Bradley, associate professor at the University of Victoria has gathered the correspondence of Al Purdy and Earle Birney into one carefully annotated volume, We Go Far Back in Time: The Letters of Earle Birney and Al Purdy, 1947–1984. This is an illuminating and entertaining record of Canada’s most celebrated poets as they looked to each other for advice and shared the pleasures and dissatisfactions of literary life.
To round out Harbour’s roster, we have End Zones and Border Wars: The Era of American Expansion in the CFL by sports journalist and author Ed Willes. Football fans will be intrigued by this authorative account of a bizarre chapter of Canada’s sports history.
Six new titles to intrigue and inspire this Fall 2013!
Sandy Pool Shortlisted for an Alberta Book Award
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 4:49pm
The Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry 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.
Sandy Pool is a multidisciplinary artist and recently appointed Killam scholar. She holds a degree in Theatre Performance and English from the University of Toronto, as well as a M.F.A in Creative Writing from the University Guelph. Currently, she is a doctoral student in Canadian Literature and Poetics at the University of Calgary, where she is the editor of Dandelion magazine. Sandy’s first book, Exploding into Night, was nominated for the 2010 Governor General’s Award for Poetry. She is also a librettist and voice work artist.
Undark, Pool’s luminous volume of poetry, is a dramatic elegy and poetic inquisition written in seven distinct voices. Drawing from the historical record of the ‘radium women’ who painted glow-in-the-dark numbers on watch dials in the early 1900s, the work urges us to engage deeply with questions of time and women’s history. ...
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Congratulations to our BC Book Prize Nominees!
Friday, March 15, 2013 at 11:06am
It’s been a significant year for Harbour Publishing! Hot on the heels of acquiring the publishing imprint Douglas & McIntyre just last month, we are pleased to announce that the BC Book Prizes shortlist has been released and we have numerous nominations, not only for our Harbour titles, but also for the Douglas & McIntyre list.
The Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award category, which is presented to the publisher and author of the best book in terms of public appeal, initiative, design, production and content, includes the following nominations: British Columbia: A New Historical Atlas by Derek Hayes (Douglas & McIntyre), Bruno and the Beach: The Beachcombers at 40, by Marc Strange and Jackson Davies (Harbour Publishing), Exploring Vancouver: The Architectural Guide, by Harold Kalman and Robin Ward (Douglas & McIntyre), and Trucking in British Columbia: An Illustrated History, by Daniel Francis (Harbour Publishing).
We also received a number of nominations in the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Book Prize category, for Harbour's Bruno and the Beach: The Beachcombers at 40, as well as Douglas & McIntyre's British Columbia: A New Historical Atlas and Undesirables: White Canada and the Komagata Maru – An Illustrated History, by Ali Kazimi. The Roderick Haig Brown Regional Book Prize is awarded to the author whose book contributes most to the enjoyment and understanding of British Columbia.
The press also received a nomination for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize--which goes to the best original non-fiction literary work written by a BC author--for The Art of the Impossible: Dave Barrett and the NDP in Power, 1972-1975, by Geoff Meggs and Rod Mickleburgh (Harbour Publishing).
The BC Book Prizes is awarded annually in seven categories, with the intent to celebrate the best writing and publishing in the province. The awards carry a cash prize of $2000 plus a certificate. The winners of the BC Book Prizes will be announced in Victoria at an awards gala at Government House, on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Congratulations to all!
Rachel Rose Wins the Audre Lorde Award
April 29, 2013
Rachel Rose's latest book, Song and Spectacle, has won the prestigious Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry, presented by the Publishing Triangle. This award is given to a poet in Canada or the United States and honours Lorde, an American poet, essayist, librarian and teacher. Rose was presented with the award at a ceremony in New York City on April 25th.
Song and Spectacle is the third collection by Rose, whose
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DOUGLAS & MCINTYRE FORGES ALLIANCE WITH HARBOUR PUBLISHING
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.”
New Kindle ebooks available this month
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 10:26am
Three great new Kindle ebooks are now available from Harbour Publishing:
by Barry Gough
A riviting history of intrigue and exploration on the high seas during the age of the discovery of the Northwest Coast.
by Rachel Rose
A collection of poems by the award-winning poet, Rachel Rose, that delve into topics of the particular and universal struggles of birth, passion and loss, and the paradoxical quest for non-attachment in a treacherous, unpredictable and yet deeply beloved world.
by Tom Hawthorn
This collection of obituaries by Globe and Mail columnist Tom Hawthorn, present the best, the funniest and the most memorable of the passing parade of characters who make life in British Columbia so remarkable.
Thirteen reasons to look forward to Spring 2013!
Harbour Publishing is pleased to announce our Spring 2013 list, with titles on cooking, gardening, fishing, First Nations art, as well humour, memoir, poetry and nature.
Get ready for a culinary sailing adventure with 100+ fresh recipes showcasing local ingredients and creative flavours. Sea Salt: Recipes from the West Coast Galley, by Alison Malone Eathorne, Hilary Malone & Lorna Malone, is a gorgeous new collection of over a hundred sea-tested gourmet recipes suitable for meals aboard but equally satisfying for the home dining table.
Harbour is excited to be offering two First Nations art titles this Spring, with the children’s book Raven Brings the Light by renowned carver, painter and printmaker Roy Henry Vickers (with Rob Budd) and the Bill Reid Art Gallery title Carrying On “Irregardless”: Humour in Contemporary Northwest Coast Art.
Another exciting recent acquisition is Free Magic Secrets Revealed, a mirthful (and magical) coming-of-age story by Vancouver author, playright and journalist Mark Leiren-Young. Leiren-Young’s bestselling Never Shoot a Stampede Queen won the 2009 Leacock Medal for Humour.
Keeping true to Harbour’s tradition of producing quality British Columbia regional history are two titles sure to become West Coast classics: House Calls by Float Plane: Stories of a West Coast Doctor by Dr. Alan Swan and Fishing the Coast: A Life on the Water by by well-known fisherman and industry analyst Dr. Don Pepper.
Dog lovers can look forward to Tails Don’t Lie: A Decade of Dog Cartoons by Adrian Raeside, with a charming assortment of canine characters, gleaned from ten years of Raeside’s dogged observations in the comic strip The Other Coast.
Four new additions to the brochure field guide series are also planned, with A Field Guide to Medicinal Wild Plants of Canada by Beverley Gray; A Field Guide to Birds of the Pacific Northwest by Tony Greenfield with photographs by Penny Hall; A Field Guide to Wildlife of the Rocky Mountains by Hälle Flygare; as well as a French translation of the bestselling Field Guide to the Identification of Pebbles by Eileen Vander Flier Keller.
Just thirteen reasons to look forward to Spring 2013!
Howard White Shortlisted for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature
Friday, December 7, 2012 at 4:41pm
Howard White has been shortlisted for the 2012 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature for his book, A Hard Man to Beat: The Story of Bill White, Labour Leader, Shipyard Worker, Raconteur.
The George Ryga Award is awarded to a British Columbia author who has achieved an outstanding degree of social awareness in a newly published book, and is administered by Okanagan College. Past winners include Stephen Galloway, author of The Cellist of Sarajevo and Larry Campbell, Neil Boyd and Lori Culbert for their book, A Thousand Dreams: Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and the Fight for Its Future. Other books shortlisted for the 2012 award are Michael Christie’s The Beggars Garden (Harper Collins) and Joel Bakan’s Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children (Penguin). The winner will be announced in March of 2013 and the award will be presented at a ceremony in Kelowna, BC on Saturday, March 23 during Okanagan College’s literary festival Word Ruckus.
In A Hard Man to Beat: The Story of Bill White, Howard White (no relation to Bill) has documented
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Kindle Editions Now Available: Unlikely Love Stories and The Art of the Impossible
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 9:59am
Unlikely Love Stories and The Art of the Impossible: Dave Barrett and the NDP in Power 1972-1975 are both now available as Kindle editions! Two great new books to add to your digital library.
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 caitlin-press.com for more information.
James Bryner Joins Harbour
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 6:23pm
Harbour Publishing is pleased to announce that James Bryner has joined the company as Sales Manager effective September 3, 2012. James has a long history in book sales, first as bookseller/buyer/manager with Duthies' flagship store in Vancouver (1981-2000) then from 2000 to 2005 as BC Sales Representative for the Literary Press Group (with whom he was chosen CBA Sales Rep of the Year in 2004) and most recently from 2005 to 2012 as BC Account Manager with John Wiley & Sons of Canada. At Harbour he will handle chains, house accounts, special sales and online sales. James replaces Berglind Hendrickson, who is taking maternity leave. James will work from his home office in Vancouver.
James Bryner contact information:
Phone: 604 734 4300;
Fax 734 6964
Cell: 778 997 4772
Vancouver office: Apt. 22, 1390 West 14th Ave. V6H 1R1
KnowBC: Revamped & Renewed
Monday, January 9, 2012 at 12:35pm
Harbour Publishing and ERAC have partnered, once again, to include KnowBC.com in this year’s ERAC bundle. Member schools across British Columbia will have access to the new and expanded edition of KnowBC.
KnowBC.com 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:
· 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
KnowBC.com 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 KnowBC.com 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 www.knowbc.com. For technical inquiries, please email email@example.com.
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.
KnowBC.com is also available for subscription by individuals. With reference books valuing nearly $300 in printed form, and more information added regularly, KnowBC.com is an affordable and convenient medium for accessing this expansive collection. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1.800.667.2988 to subscribe.