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Harbour Scores a Hat Trick in the BCHF's Writing Competition

Posted: April 23, 2010

Harbour Publishing authors dominated this year’s BC Historical Federation’s Writing Competition. Andrew Scott won first prize and the 2009 Lieutenant-Governor's medal for historical writing for his book, The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names: A Complete Reference to Coastal British Columbia; Masako Fukawa, with Stanley Fukawa, won second prize for Spirit of the Nikkei Fleet: BC’s Japanese Canadian Fisherman; and Marie Elliott won third prize for her book Fort St. James and New Caledonia: Where British Columbia Began.

The BC Historical Federation awards its Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal to the author whose book makes the most significant contribution to the history of British Columbia. The judges look for quality of research and documentation, comprehensiveness, accuracy, organization and clarity, as well as readability and audience appeal. The medal comes with a $600 cash prize.

Andrew Scott is a veteran journalist who has published some 1,000 articles as well as having edited and produced several substantial magazines himself. He has written five previous books including the award-winning Painter, Paddler: The Art and Adventures of Stewart Marshall and Secret Coastline: Journeys and Discoveries Along BC’s Shores. He was also a contributing editor, subject consultant and writer for the Encyclopedia of British Columbia. Just last month, The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names was also nominated for two BC Book Prizes, the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Book Prize and the Bookseller’s Choice Award.

Masako Fukawa has been the principal writer and managing editor of the Nikkei Fisherman titles since the formation of the Nikkei Fishermen Book Committee in 2003. She is a former school administrator and teacher specializing in the story of Japanese Canadians. Fukawa lives in Burnaby, BC.  Stanley Fukawa is the translator, interpreter and contributing writer for Spirit of the Nikkei Fleet. He is also on the editorial committee of Nikkei Images, a journal of the Japanese Canadian National Museum. He lives in Burnaby, BC. Spirit of the Nikkei Fleet was also shortlisted for a 2010 BC Book Prize, the Bookseller’s Choice Award.

Marie Elliott has written about BC history for twenty-five years. She is the author of Gold and Grand Dreams (Horsdal & Schubart), has published numerous articles, edited BC Historical News magazine and also recently contributed to The Trail of 1858: British Columbia’s Gold Rush Past.

This year the prizes will be presented at the awards banquet of the BC Historical Federation's annual conference in Vancouver on May 8, 2010.