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Visions of British Columbia wins the 2010 Vancouver Book Award

Visions of British Columbia wins the 2010 Vancouver Book Award

October 2010

Douglas & McIntyre is delighted to announce that Visions of British Columbia, edited by Bruce Grenville and Scott Steedman, has won the 2010 annual Vancouver Book Award!

For 22 years, the municipal literary prize has honoured books that exhibit an “appreciation and understanding of Vancouver’s history, unique character or the achievements of its residents,” as well as “excellence in content, illustration, design, and/or format.” The award’s independent jury applauded Visions of British Columbia as “a visually stunning marriage of art and literature showcasing the Vancouver Art Gallery’s collection.” The adjudicators were particularly impressed with the book’s motif and decisive editing, finding it “a well designed and well curated piece that revealed the cultural importance of visual art,” specifically extolling “the ethnic diversity of the contributors, the range of poets and journalists, and the attention to artists in Vancouver.”

Visions of British Columbia is an exquisitely illustrated adaptation of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s correspondingly named major exhibition, which paired the work of more than twenty remarkable artists, including the Haida masters Bill Reid and Robert Davidson, abstract painter Gordon Smith, and Salish artist Susan Point with writing about B.C. from acclaimed authors as varied as Douglas Coupland, Ethel Wilson, and Wayson Choy. Both text and art address the prolific visions of this place, its peoples and its histories.

The runners-up include George Bowering’s The Box (New Star Books), and Matt Hern’s Common Ground in a Liquid City (AK Press), and another D&M title, A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Vancouver.

Editor Scott Steedman accepted the $2,000 prize from Mayor Gregor Robertson in Council Chamber, City Hall, on behalf of himself and Bruce Grenville.

BRUCE GRENVILLE is senior curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery. He has organized many group exhibitions, including The Uncanny: Experiments in Cyborg Culture and KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Comics + Video Games + Art.

SCOTT STEEDMAN is a freelance editor and the author of a dozen books. He has worked in publishing since 1987 in the U.K., France and Canada, and spent five years as the literary critic for The Paris Voice.

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