Terry Glavin named recipient of the sixth annual Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence

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The West Coast Book Prize Society is proud to recognize Terry Glavin as the recipient of the sixth annual Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence.

British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Steven Point, will present the award at the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prize Gala to be held at the Marriott Pinnacle Hotel in Vancouver on April 25, 2009.

The event will be hosted by BC BookWorld publisher and author Alan Twigg.

Terry Glavin - photo by Mark Mushet

Terry Glavin, author and journalist, has been an outspoken voice in British Columbia as a conservationist and nature writer. He is known for his passionate commitment to British Columbia’s First Nations and for his deep understanding of how First Nation culture and way of life are bound up with the province’s natural history and our future as a just and sustainable society.

In addition to his books, Glavin’s many articles on social and political issues are evidence of his strong journalistic ability to marshal facts and his unwillingness to go with the accepted wisdom of either the right or the left. In his role as an iconoclast, he is a critical voice in the dialogue that sustains a civil society.

As editor, Glavin has also brought us the innovative and courageous Transmontanus series, published by New Star Books. Established in 1992 with the aim of exploring the relationships between landscape and imagination, this innovative series of 16 titles has given voice to authors and themes that might otherwise have been lost to us.

Glavin offers an extraordinarily holistic vision that does not focus on single issues, but instead in everything he writes shows us a world where culture and nature, human aspiration, natural beauty, language, history and social justice are inextricably intertwined.

Terry Glavin has won many awards for his work as a journalist, as a science and technology writer, for his editorial innovation and for his powerful essays. We are privileged to honour him with the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence in 2009, for his contribution to life and letters in British Columbia and for his willingness to show us how to see our world more deeply, more fully and more truthfully.

– Jury member Ellen Godfrey

The jury for this year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award: Ellen Godfrey, author and former literary publisher; David Hill, Manager of Munro’s Books, Victoria; and Sheryl MacKay, host of CBC’s North by Northwest.

This prize was established in 2003 by former Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Iona Campagnolo, to recognize British Columbia writers who have contributed to the development of literary excellence in the province. The recipient receives a cash award of $5,000 and a commemorative certificate.

For more information on the BC Book Prize visit http://www.bcbookprizes.ca

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