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Chuck Davis Wins the Lieutenant-Governor's Medal for Historical Writing

Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 3:45pm

The late Chuck Davis has won this year’s Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing for his celebrated final book The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver. This past fall, The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver proved to be what the author described as “the capstone of my writing career.” The hefty tome flew off the shelves in cities far beyond Vancouver, and nominations for awards—including two BC Book Prizes—are sweeping in.

In his extensive magnum opus, Chuck Davis embraces the history of metropolitan Vancouver with his characteristic flair for storytelling and quirky detail. Arranged chronologically and illustrated with the greatest collection of archival photographs of Vancouver ever published, The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver is a testament to the late author’s dedication to the city he adopted as home. Alongside hilarious anecdotes like the near-decapitation of former Vancouver mayor Louis D. Taylor (“if he’d had an ounce more brains he’d have been a dead man,” said a wag), are the city’s major events—great fires, floods, world wars, epidemics, depressions and more.

Each year, the British Columbia Historical Federation invites submissions for its Annual Historical Writing Competition to authors of British Columbia history. The BC Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing is awarded together with $600 to the author whose book makes the most significant contribution to the historical literature of British Columbia. Honourable mention goes to fellow Harbour Publishing author Heather Harbord forTexada Tapestry.