Book award co-winners have SFU links

November 02, 2006, volume 37, no. 5
By Stuart Colcleugh

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For only the second time in its 18-year history, the annual City of Vancouver book award has two winners — and the authors of both books have SFU connections.

Jean Barman, who teaches The Making of British Columbia: Understanding our History in the SFU Seniors Program, received the nod for her book, Stanley Park's Secret: The Forgotten Families of Whoi Whoi, Kanaka Ranch and Brockton Point (Harbour Publishing).

And James Delgado, who received a PhD in archaeology from SFU this year, won for his book Waterfront: An Illustrated Maritime Story of Greater Vancouver (Stanton Atkins & Dosil).

Barman impressed the independent selection jury with her thorough research and persuasively delivered analysis in Stanley Park's Secret, which uncovers a suppressed history of the First Nations and Kanakan  occupation of Stanley Park.

A former co-editor of BC Studies, Barman is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She is a retired UBC professor of the history of education.

The jury found Delgado's Waterfront to be an elegantly illustrated book that provides a comprehensive history of local maritime history, geography, industry and culture.

Delgado is a world-renowned maritime archaeologist, co-host of The Sea Hunters television program, executive director of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology and for 15 years was the director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum.

Mayor Sam Sullivan presented the award to Barman and Mark Stanton (Delgado's publisher) during a Vancouver City council meeting Oct. 17. The two authors will split the $2,000 prize.

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