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Vancouver Author Jean Barman Announced Co-winner of the City of Vancouver Book Award!

Posted: October 18, 2006

Stanley Park’s Secret: The Forgotten Families of Whoi Whoi, Kanaka Ranch and Brockton Point by Jean Barman is the co-winner of the City of Vancouver Book Award with Waterfront: The Illistrated Maritime History of Greater Vancouver by James Delgado (Stanton Atkins & Dosil, $45.00)

The winners were announced Tuesday, October 17, in the afternoon, and Mayor Sam Sullivan presented the award at the Vancouver City Council meeting. It is said that the judges were impressed by the thorough research, convincing analysis, design, and illustration of the two books. Other finalists included: Derek Hayes for Historical Atlas of Vancouver and the Lower Fraser Valley (Douglas & McIntyre) and Abraham J Rogatnick, Ian M. Thom, and Adele Weder for B.C. Binning (Douglas & McIntyre). This is only the second time in the award’s 18-year history that two publications have been selected as co-winners.

Stanley Park’s Secret details the often forgotten past of Vancouver’s most popular tourist destination. Each year, over eight million people visit Stanley Park, a 400-hectare (1000-acre) haven of beauty that offers a backdrop of majestic cedars and firs and an environment teeming with wildlife just steps from the sidewalks and skyscrapers of Vancouver.

Working in collaboration with descendants of the families who once lived in the park area, historian Jean Barman skillfully weaves together the families’ stories with archival documents, Vancouver Parks Board records and court proceedings to reveal a troubling, yet deeply important, facet of BC’s history.

Jean Barman is the author of numerous other books, including the BC bestseller The Remarkable Adventures of Portuguese Joe Silvey. Stanley Park’s Secret was nominated for the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize and the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in BC Writing and Publishing, earlier this year. Barman’s long-time, impassioned pursuit to understand and uncover the history of British Columbia has earned her a position as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, among other honours. She lives in Vancouver, BC.