News Release


October 22, 2002


Historical atlas takes 2002 City book award


A Sto:lo-Coast Salish Historical Atlas is the winner of the 14th annual City of Vancouver Book Award

Mayor Phillip Owen presented its team of six editors, led by Keith Carlson, with a $2,000 cheque at an award ceremony at Vancouver City Hall today.

A Sto:lo-Coast Salish Historical Atlas (Douglas & McIntyre), the first such atlas in the world, is an impeccably researched and brilliantly realized survey of the traditional ­territory of the Sto:lo First Nations people.

The atlas depicts in maps, archival photographs, and words, the mythic beginnings of the Sto:lo people and the effects of white settlement that have turned their homeland into a major urban area. The atlas has three sections that deal with different themes derived from Sto:lo history, cosmology and the physical landscape of their homeland.

The independent panel of judges for the City of Vancouver Book Award commented: “Pick any page and you can look at it for hours…absolutely marvelous and important to Vancouver."

This is the second major award for the atlas which also took the Roderick Haig Brown Regional Prize at the B.C. Book Prize awards in 2001.

The City of Vancouver Book Award has been presented annually since 1989 to authors of books in any genre that demonstrate excellence and contribute to the appreciation and understanding of Vancouver’s history, unique character or the achievements of its residents. The winner and finalists are chosen by independent judges.

The finalists for this year’s award were: Doreen Armitage for Burrard Inlet: A History ­(Harbour Publishing), Cynthia Flood for Making a Stone of the Heart (Key Porter Books) and Bart Campbell for The Door is Open (Anvil Press).

For more information:

Hal Wake
Coordinator, City of Vancouver Book Award



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