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Congratulations to Kim La Fave & Gary Kent

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 5:47pm

Harbour Publishing is pleased to announce that Fishing with Gubby by Kim La Fave and Gary Kent, has received a Governor General’s Literary Award nomination in the category of Children’s Literature—Illustration.

The Governor General’s Literary Awards are national book awards created to celebrate the excellence of Canadian writers, illustrators and translators. The English and French awards are in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, children’s literature (text and illustration) and translation.

LaFave and Kent’s unique book about a West Coast salmon fisherman has already garnered numerous award nominations, including the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award, a Joe Shuster Award, and the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award for best book published in British Columbia. The book has also just been awarded a Bronze Medal in the Comic/Graphic Novel category of the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, which is open to authors published in the USA and Canada.

Fishing with Gubby--which is illustrated in the style of a graphic novel--follows Gubby and his cat Puss as they travel up BC’s west coast, through Georgia Strait, north past Port Hardy to the destination of Quatsino Sound, where they settle in for a summer of fishing. Gubby and Puss face roaring rapids, rough and tumble storms, banks of fog, a pod of orcas and a tussle with a basking shark, all while trolling for spring and coho salmon and visiting other fishermen and homesteaders along the way. The book evokes the “golden age of fishing” and makes the wharfs, boats, fishermen and villages of the BC coast come alive with remarkable detail and humour.

Kim La Fave, already a Governor General’s Award-winning artist, is the illustrator of Amos’s Sweater (by Janet Lunn)—winner of the Ruth Schwartz Children’s Book Award and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award—Follow That Star (by Kenneth Oppel), the bestselling The Bones Book and Skeleton (by Stephen Cumbaa) and many other children’s books. He lives in Roberts Creek, BC.

Gary Kent grew up in Vancouver and has his BA from the University of British Columbia. He was a commercial fisherman and salmon troller for ten years and is now a furniture maker and instructor at the Inside Passage School of Fine Woodworking. He lives in Roberts Creek, BC. Fishing with Gubby is his first book.

Winners in each category of the Governor General’s Literary Awards receive $25,000. The results will be announced on Tuesday, November 15 at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.