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Operation Orca Nominated for Best Nature Non-Fiction Award

Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2008

Harbour Publishing is pleased to announce that Operation Orca: Springer, Luna and the Struggle to Save West Coast Killer Whales by Daniel Francis and Gil Hewlett has been nominated for Forword Magazine’s best non-fiction award in the nature category.

In Operation Orca, award-winning author Daniel Francis gives breadth to the complications, contradictions and political posturing that twice engulfed the debate of whether to interfere or let nature take its course. Through the amazing story of two “orphan” whales, Springer and Luna, Operation Orca tells the larger story of orcas in the Pacific Northwest, the people who have studied them and the transformation of the whale’s image from killer to icon.

Daniel Francis is the award-winning author of numerous textbooks and trade books on Canadian history, most recently Far West: The Story of British Columbia. He was a contributor to the Canadian Encyclopedia and a contributing editor to the Junior Encyclopedia of Canada. He was editor of the Encyclopedia of British Columbia.

Gil Hewlett joined the Vancouver Aquarium as the resident biologist in 1964. He has helped train many of the Aquarium’s whales, including Skana and Hyak. Hewlett retired from the position of Assistant Director of Special Projects in March 2006.

Forword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award honours books that offer practical knowledge. The awards were established to bring increased attention to the literary achievements of independent publishers and their authors. Winners will be announced at Book Expo America. Other books shortlisted in the Nature category are: Alaska/Yukon/Arctic Light, by Kathleen M.K. Menke (Crystal Images); Amazing Rare Things, by David Attenborough, et al (Yale University Press); Discovering Black Bears, by Margaret Anderson, et al (Dog-Eared Publications); Ladybugs of Alberta by John Acorn (University of Alberta Press); The Little Big Book of Birds, by Lena Tabori, Natasha Fried (Welcome Books).