SFU authors nominated for awards

Oct 02, 2003, vol. 28, no. 3
By Carol Thorbes

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SFU scholars are making a strong showing on this year's list of nominees for the 2003 city of Vancouver book award.

Earth scientist John Clague's latest book Vancouver, City on the Edge is one of four books short-listed for the $2,000 prize.

It is awarded to writers whose work is deemed to have made the greatest contribution to increasing understanding and appreciation of Vancouver, its history and culture.

Clague co-authored City on the Edge with Bob Turner, a Geological Survey of Canada researcher.

Published by Tricouni Press earlier this year, City on the Edge is an easy read and filled with colour photos of the Lower Mainland's dynamic geological landscape. It is the first book in Canada to teach geology by tackling local issues.

“For example, we talk about the importance of making wise land use decisions in an earthquake prone area, such as Vancouver. We also raise questions about heavily populated flood prone areas, such as the Fraser-Delta,” says Clague, a Canada Research Chair in natural hazards research.

An independent jury selects finalists for the award.

Regarding City on the Edge, the jury commented: “An innovative approach to a scientific subject - the geological past, present and probable future of the Vancouver area - made fascinating through a skilful combination of text and image.”

Every Building on 100 West Hastings, co-authored by SFU scholars Jeff Sommers (2001 geography doctoral grad), geography professor Nick Blomley and assistant English professor Jeff Derksen, is also up for an award.

The jury commented, “These essays crystalize the ongoing debate on such important issues as urban development and planning.”

Vancouver mayor Larry Campbell will present the awards in council chamber on Oct. 21.

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