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Derek Hayes Makes History with British Columbia: A New Historical Atlas

Derek Hayes Makes History with British Columbia: A New Historical Atlas

July 2013

Congratulations to BC author Derek Hayes who has had a busy award season for his impressive work, British Columbia: A New Historical Atlas . A common thread amongst the following awards is that they seek a work which celebrates British Columbia and inspires readers to learn more about this fascinating corner of Canada. British Columbia: A New Historical Atlas mixes comprehensive text and annotations with a wide range of maps, photos, prints and drawings that takes us into the world of British Columbia, from pre-contact through the 20th century.

Hayes was awarded first place and deemed winner of the prestigious Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing by the British Columbia Historical Federation. This prize is awarded to the author whose book makes the most significant contribution to the historical literature of British Columbia. Hayes was presented his award and $600 winnings by the Lieutenant Governor at a ceremony in Kamloops earlier in the spring. Congratulations to the other authors and publishers who were also recognized at that ceremony.

Hayes made history by being the first winner of the inaugural Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia, a new award from UBC Library and the Pacific BookWorld News Society. The Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia was established in memory of Basil Stuart-Stubbs, a bibliophile, scholar and librarian at the University of British Columbia, who passed away in 2012. Hayes, who holds a master’s degree in Geography from UBC, received the $1000 prize at a reception at UBC earlier this spring.

Finally—for now—Hayes took home the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Book Prize at this year’s BC Book Prizes. The Roderick Haig Brown Regional Book Prize is awarded to the author whose book contributes most to the enjoyment and understanding of British Columbia. Hayes’s Atlas was also shortlisted for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award, along with Exploring Vancouver: The Architectural Guide by Harold Kalman and Robin Ward.

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