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The Sea Among Us shortlisted for the 2015 Basil Stuart-Stubbs Book Prize

Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 4:03pm

Congratulations to editors and contributors Richard Beamish and Gordon McFarlane, whose book, The Sea Among Us: The Amazing Strait of Georgia, has been shortlisted for the 2015 Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia. This annual prize, sponsored by UBC Library and the Pacific BookWorld News Society, recognizes the best scholarly book published by a Canadian author on a BC subject.

This is the second time in as many weeks the book has received accolades. Just last week, The Sea Among Us won the American Fisheries Society's Haig Brown Award, following a ten-week-long stint on the BC Bestseller list and a recent second printing due to high demand. In the book, twelve expert contributors came together to present a comprehensive study of the Strait of Georgia in all its aspects. With chapters on fish, marine mammals, geology, oceanography, birds, history of settlement and of industry, among others, it is the function of this book to inform British Columbians about the Strait of Georgia.

Richard Beamish has a PhD in Zoology from the University of Toronto and has worked with numerous research organizations. He is the recipient of the Prix D’Excellence, the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals, the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia. He was also a member of the International Panel on Climate Change that received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

Gordon McFarlane spent 30 years as a researcher at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo. He was a member and advisor to numerous international negotiating teams and participated in the development and conduct of a number of international research programs. He has authored more than 200 publications concerning the biology and assessment of marine resources.

Also shortlisted for the Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize is French Canadians, Fur, and Indigenous Women in the Making of the Pacific Northwest by Jean Barman (University of British Columbia Press), and Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge: Ethnohistory and the Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples of Northwestern North America by Nancy J. Turner (McGill-Queen’s University Press). The winning title will be announced later this spring.