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A Stain Upon the Sea Announced as Finalist for Social Awareness Award


June 24, 2005

A Stain Upon the Sea: West Coast Salmon Farming—a collection of thought-provoking essays by Stephen Hume, Alexandra Morton, Betty Keller, Rosella Leslie, Otto Langer and Don Staniford—has been recognized for its ground-breaking investigation of the west coast salmon farming industry with a nomination for the second annual George Ryga Award for Social Awareness.

A Stain Upon the Sea, which won the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Book Prize earlier this year, is up against The Greenpeace to Amchitka, by Robert Hunter (Arsenal Pulp Press) and Redress, by Roy Miki (Raincoast Books). The winner will be announced on July 27, at a special award ceremony hosted by Paul Grant, national arts reporter and host of the CBC Radio’s Hot Air, at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre.

The physical George Ryga Award—entitled The Censor’s Golden Rope—is recreated annually by North Okanagan artist Reg Kienast, and upon presentation remains with the winning author.