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Harbour Authors Receive Four BC Book Prize Nominations

Posted: Friday, March 9, 2012 at 12:12pm

Harbour Publishing is pleased to announce the press has received four nominations for this year’s BC Book Prizes. Only two other publishers have as many shortlisted titles in the competition.

Harbour’s fall 2011 BC bestseller, The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver, written by the late Chuck Davis, is nominated for two prizes: the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Book Prize, which is awarded to the book which contributes most to the enjoyment and understanding of British Columbia, and the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award, which is presented to the publisher and author of the best book in terms of public appeal, initiative, design, production and content.

Harbour’s other two nominations are in the poetry category. Victoria poet Patrick Lane is shortlisted for The Collected Poems of Patrick Lane. This monumental work contains over 400 poems, covering the breadth of Lane’s career. It is edited by Russell Morton Brown and Donna Bennett, and contains an afterword by Nicholas Bradley. Sunshine Coast poet John Pass is shortlisted for his new book, crawlspace. This is Pass’s first collection of poems since he won the Governor General’s Award for poetry in 2006.

The BC Book Prizes is awarded annually in seven categories, with the intent to celebrate the best writing and publishing in the province. The awards carry a cash prize of $2000 plus a certificate.

The winners of the BC Book Prizes will be announced in Vancouver at an awards gala at SFU Woodwards, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, on Saturday, May 12, 2012. Congratulations to all of the other nominees!