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<i>The Elusive Mr. Pond</i> Shortlisted for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize

The Elusive Mr. Pond Shortlisted for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize

March 2015

Congratulations to Barry Gough, whose book, The Elusive Mr. Pond: The Soldier, Fur Trader and Explorer Who Opened the Northwest, has been shortlisted for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize. The Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize is awarded to the author of the best original non-fiction literary work. The winner will be announced at an awards gala in Vancouver on April 25, 2015.

In The Elusive Mr. Pond, award-winning author Dr. Barry Gough sheds light on one of recent history's most influential and shadowy figures. While most North Americans won't recognize his name, Peter Pond mentored Sir Alexander Mackenzie and mapped much of northwestern Canada before him. His legendary exploits in the fur trade, including opening up the far distant Arctic watershed, elevated him to become a founding partner of the North West Company. These experiences, combined with his implication in two murders and reputed violent temper, make him a compelling historical figure—whose life has been shrouded in mystery. In The Elusive Mr. Pond, Gough re-examines Pond's surviving memoirs, explorers’ journals and many other sources to create the most complete biography of this eccentric, industrious and secretive fellow ever published.

Dr. Barry Gough is one of Canada’s foremost historians, well recognized for the authenticity of his research and for his engaging narratives. He is the author of many critically acclaimed books, including Fortune’s a River: The Collision of Empires in Northwest America (Harbour, 2007), which won the John Lyman Book Award for best Canadian naval and maritime history and was shortlisted for the Nereus Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize. Over four decades, his contributions to Imperial, Commonwealth and Canadian studies have earned him many honours at home and abroad. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

The BC Book Prizes are awarded annually in seven categories, with the intent to celebrate the best writing and publishing in the province. The awards carry a cash prize of $2000 plus a certificate. Also shortlisted for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize is Julie Angus's Olive Odyssey, Kevin Chong's Northern Dancer, Eve Joseph's In the Slender Margin and Nancy J. Turner's Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge.

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