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The Sea Among Us Wins BC Book Prize!

Posted: Monday, April 27, 2015 at 4:39pm

Congratulations to editors and contributors Richard Beamish and Gordon McFarlane, whose book, The Sea Among Us: The Amazing Strait of Georgia (Harbour Publishing, $39.95), won one of seven BC Book Prizes awarded at the 31st Annual Lieutenant Governor's BC Book Prizes Gala in Vancouver on Saturday, April 25.

Beamish and McFarlane received the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize, given to the author of the book that contributes most to the enjoyment and understanding of British Columbia.

In recent weeks, The Sea Among Us has been shortlisted for the Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize and has won the American Fisheries Society's Haig Brown Award, and has spent sixteen weeks on the BC Bestseller list. 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.

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.