Awards UBC Press books take top two prizes in the British Columbia Historical...

UBC Press books take top two prizes in the British Columbia Historical Federation Historical Writing Competition

The British Columbia Historical Federation (BCHF) is pleased to announce the winners for the Annual Historical Writing Competition. The prizes were awarded on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the Book Awards Gala at the held in partnership with the Arrow Lakes Historical Society in Nakusp, BC as part of the BCHF Annual Conference. Congratulations to all the winners.

Neither Dr. Ben Bradley or Lynne Marks were able to attend the Gala, but Doug Brigham, Collections Management & Planning Librarian at UBC Library accepted both awards on their behalf.

The Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing 2017

The BC Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for historical writing and $2,500 was awarded to Dr. Ben Bradley for British Columbia by the Road: Car Culture and the Making of a Modern Landscape, UBC Press.

  • 2nd prize, $1500. Infidels and the Damn Church: Irreligion and Religion in Settler British Columbia by Lynne Marks, UBC Press.
  • 3rd prize, $500, Views of the Salish Sea: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Change Around the Strait of Georgia, by Howard Macdonald Stewart, Harbour Publishing.

Honourable mentions (alphabetical)

  • Hayashi, Kotaro; Fumio “Frank” Kanno; Henry Tanaka and Jim Tanaka, Changing Tides: Vanishing Voices of Nikkei Fishermen and the Families, Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
  • Hebda, Richard J., Sheila Greer and Alexander P. Mackie (eds.), Kwädąy Dän Ts’ìnchį: Teachings from Long Ago Person Found, Royal BC Museum
  • Yip, Liping Wong, From Wah Lee to Chew Keen: The Story of a Pioneer Chinese Family in North Cariboo, Friesen Press

Community History Award

Local and community history often provides the most sought-after information by historians researching a particular area. This is where the trivia and the stories can be found, not to mention the skeletons! The Community History Award was instituted to ensure these histories are recognized. $500 prize.

  • Fernie at War: 1914-1919, by Wayne Norton, Caitlin Press.