"Celebrate," my publisher, Rolf Maurer of New Star Books, told me. "Something in a single malt."
The BC Book Prizes are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. The category in which my book has been chosen as a finalist is the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize for the book which contributes the most to the enjoyment and understanding of British Columbia.
The other finalists are: Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History by Sean Kheraj, Voyage Through the Past Century, by Rolf Knight, Arthur Erickson: An Architect's Life by David Stouck and Charles Edenshaw, by Robin K. Wright and Daina Augaitis with Robert Davidson and James Hart. I look forward to checking them all out.
This is such an unexpected honour. I'm very, very proud of this book, but I didn't expect to be shortlisted for such a well-respected prize. But I'm grateful for all the attention the book has received. I felt, and still feel, that Robinson's story deserves to be told, and it's wonderful to see how many other people feel that way, too. And it was truly a privilege to tell it.
Congratulations and good luck to all the other finalists. Winners are announced at a special event in Vancouver in May. I'll keep you posted, of course!