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Harbour Publishing Spring 2009 Releases


January 12, 2009

Harbour Publishing is gearing up for a great Spring season, with a number of new titles on offer. Although recent snow accumulations may have convinced us otherwise, the heady days of summer really are just around the corner. With this in mind, lovers of boat cruising will want to pick up a just-released copy of The Dreamspeaker Cruising Guide Volume 6: The West Coast of Vancouver Island. In the newest addition to their extremely popular Dreamspeaker cruising series, authors Anne and Laurence Yeadon-Jones call upon their many years of experience navigating the coastal waters of British Columbia to create this fully-illustrated and informative guide to exploring by boat the rugged and challenging west coast of Vancouver Island.

Now available in paperback are two popular Harbour titles on BC history, Tidal Passages: A History of the Discovery Islands and Fortune’s a River: The Collision of Empires in Northwest America. In Tidal Passages, author Jeanette Taylor brings her twenty-year experience as a curator at the Campbell River museum and her passion for the history and art of the coast to explore the colourful pageantry of settler life on BC’s isolated Discovery Islands. In Fortune’s a River, noted historian Barry Gough writes an authoritative and encompassing account of how British Columbia became British and how Oregon, Washington and Alaska became American. The book was shortlisted for the 2008 Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Book Prize and was a finalist for the prestigious 2008 Writer’s Trust Nereus Non-fiction Award. 

It would be hard to imagine a more enjoyable way to spend a relaxing afternoon than at the seashore searching out sea life and collecting ornate seashells. A revised edition of The Beachcomber’s Guide to Seashore Life in the Pacific Northwest by J. Duane Sept and A Field Guide to Seashells and Shellfish of the Pacific Northwest by Rick M. Harbo will be released this February. Both guides feature beautiful full-colour illustrations and will give beginner and veteran beach explorers in BC, Washington and Oregon a handy tool for identifying what exactly it is they've found clinging to rocks and hiding away in tidepools along the coast.

Also set to be released in February is a history of BC’s Japanese Canadian fishermen, Spirit of the Nikkei Fleet by Masako Fukawa and Stanley Fukawa. An intimate collection of stories, the book tells of the Nikkei fishermen who left Japan to escape a life of poverty and arrived in Canada only to face inequity, prejuduce and racism as they attempted to carve a tenuous existence as fishermen on the BC coast.

Stay tuned for more information about the rest of our exciting Spring lineup—coming soon!