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Operation Orca Wins Gold in Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award

Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 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 won first place in the nature category for Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year award.

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. Award-winning author Daniel Francis and former Vancouver Aquarium biologist Gil Hewlett, give breadth to the complications, contradictions and political posturing that twice engulfed the debate of whether to interfere or let nature take its course with these whales from the wild.

Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award honours books that offer practical knowledge. The award was established to bring increased attention to the literary achievements of independent publishers and their authors. Winners were announced at Book Expo America. The other winners in the Nature category were: Amazing Rare Things, by David Attenborough, et al (Yale University Press) which won silver; and Ladybugs of Alberta by John Acorn (University of Alberta Press) which won bronze.