Awards What to read? List of 2019 winners and participants for the BCHF...

What to read? List of 2019 winners and participants for the BCHF historical writing awards


Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing

  • Michael Layland, In Nature’s Realm: Early Naturalists Explore Vancouver IslandTouchwood Editions.

Second prize

  • Wendy Wickwire, At the Bridge: James Teit and an Anthropology of BelongingUBC Press.

Third prize

Community History Award

Honourable Mentions

  • Jennifer L. Butler, Boom & Bust: The Resilient Women of Historic Telegraph CoveTouchwood Editions.
  • Carolyn Parks Mintz with Andy Chelsea and Phyllis Chelsea, Resolve: The Story of the Chelsea Family and a First Nation Community’s Will to HealCaitlin Press
  • Diane Pinch, Passion and Persistence: Fifty Years of the Sierra Club in British Columbia, 1969–2019Harbour Publishing


  • Robert Amos, E.J. Hugues Paints British Columbia, Touchwood Editions
  • Jean Barman, Invisible Generations: Living Between Indigenous and White in the Fraser Valley, Caitlin Press
  • Kate Bird, Magic Moments in B.C. Sports: A Century in Photos. Greystone Books
  • Fred Braches, Searching for Pitt River Gold: Facts and Fantasy in the Legend of Slumach. Heritage House Publishing
  • Fred Braches, Wonnock and Rusking: Looking Back. Self-published
  • Robert Budd, Voices from the Skeena: An Illustrated Oral History, Harbour Publishing
  • Margaret Cadwaladr, A Secret Garden: The Story of Darts Hill Garden Park, Darts Hill Conservancy Trust Society
  • Aaron Chapman, Vancouver After Dark: A Wild History of a City’s Nightlife, Arsenal Pulp
  • Alexander Dawkins, Understand Northwestern Coast Indigenous Jewelry: The Art, the Artist, the History, Greystone Books
  • Jane Degrass, The Co-op Revolution: Vancouver’s Search for Food Alternatives, Caitlin Press
  • Stefan Dollinger, Creating Canadian English: The Professor, the Mountaineer and a National Variety of English, Cambridge University Press
  • Jesse Donaldson, Land of Destiny: A History of Vancouver Real Estate, Anvil Press
  • George Garrett, George Garrett: Intrepid Reporter, Harbour Publishing
  • Grany Hayter-Menzies, Woo, the Monkey Who Inspired Emily Carr: A Biography, Harbour Publishing
  • Ross Hoffman and Alfred Joseph, Song of the Earth: The Life of Alfred Joseph, Creekstone Press
  • Neil Horner, Celebrating a Caring Community, Behind the Book
  • Laura Ishiguro, Nothing to Write Home About: British Family Correspondence and the Settler Colonial Everyday in British Columbia, UBC Press
  • Michael Kaehn, The Hot Springs Cave Story: The Beginnings of Maquinna Marine Provincial Park, Harbour Publishing
  • Ann Kujundzic, New Ground: A Memoir of Art and Activism in B.C.’s Interior, Caitlin Press
  • John M. MacFarlane and Lynn J. Salmon, Around the World in a Dugout Canoe: The Untold Story of Captain John Voss and the Tilikum, Harbour Publishing
  • Glen A. Mofford, Along the E&N: A Journey Back to the Historic Hotels of Vancouver Island, Touchwood Editions
  • Sarah A. Nickel, Assembling Unity: Indigenous Politics, Gender and the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, UBC Press
  • Janet Nicol, On the Curve: The Life and Art of Sybil Andrews, Caitlin Press
  • Jinder Oujla-Chalmers, Asa Johal and the Terminal Forest Products: How a Sikh Immigrant Created BC’s Largest Independent Lumber Company, Harbour Publishing
  • Cecil Paul, Stories from the Magic Canoe of Wa’xaid, RM Books
  • Kevin Potvin, The Life of George Mussallem: Cars, Community and BC Politics, Friesen Press
  • Ross Bay Villa Society, Our Happy Home: Ross Bay Villa – Past, Present, Future, Ross Bay Villa Society
  • Jay Sherwood, Surveying the 120th Meridian and the Great Divide: The Alberta-BC Boundary Survey 1918-1924, Caitlin Press
  • Mary D. Trainer, Trout Creek: Celebrating History, Land and Neighbourhood, self-published
  • Atsushi Uyeda and Teruko Uyeda, I, Atsu, Friesen Press
  • Kiriko Watanabe, Emily Carr: Fresh Seeing – French Modernism and the West Coast, Audain Art Museum
  • Diana Wichtel, Driving to Treblinka: A Long Search for a Lost Father, Heritage House
  • Judith Williams, Raincoast Chronicles 24: Cougar Companions – Bute Inlet Country and the Legendary Schnarrs, Harbour Publishing