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Dr. Barry Gough wins the John Lyman Book Award

Posted: June 12, 2009

Harbour Publishing would like to congratulate Dr. Barry Gough on receiving the John Lyman Book Award for his book, Fortune’s a River: The Collision of Empires in Northwest America, which was named the best book in Canadian naval and maritime history.

The North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH) was founded in 1973 to provide a forum for maritime history and remains devoted to the study and promotion of North America's naval and maritime heritage. To encourage quality in the field of maritime history, NASOH presents the John Lyman Book Awards to authors and editors whose books contribute significantly to the understanding of the maritime and naval history of North America.

With Fortune’s a River, noted historian Barry Gough re-examines how British Columbia became British and how Oregon, Washington and Alaska became American. Gough studies the players in this territorial drama, bringing them to life and vividly recounting their hardships and struggles. This tale is one of internal dynamics and international rivalries played out on the magnificent backdrop of the Pacific Northwest, and a wild west adventure of men who were driven by profit to shape the history of the West Coast.

Dr. Barry Gough headed the Canadian Studies Program and was Associate Director of the Northwest Archives Center at Western Washington University. He then went on to become the founding director of Canadian Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. As the author of ten previous books, he has been called the “foremost expositor of BC nautical history.” He lives in Victoria, British Columbia with his wife Marilyn.