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Posted: May 5, 2001

Harbour Publishing won two awards at the 17th Annual BC Book Prizes on Saturday for The Encyclopedia of British Columbia but Daniel Francis, the man who devoted 10 years of his life to compiling 824-page book, was kept away from the podium by his daughter’s wedding. Francis and Harbour Publishing were awarded both the Alan Haig-Brown Regional Prize for the best book on BC, and the Bill Duthie BC Booksellers' Choice Award.

Other titles nominated were Peter Trower's The Judas Hills for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and Patrick Lane's The Bare Plum of Winter Rain for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.