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Rolf Knight is this year’s George Woodcock Prize winner

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Long-time Burn­a­by res­i­dent Rolf Knight, author of more than eight books about work­ing-class and First Nations BC his­to­ry, is this year’s win­ner of the George Wood­cock Prize.

The prize will be for­mal­ly pre­sent­ed at a cer­e­mo­ny at the Van­cou­ver Pub­lic Library on June 29. Knight’s con­tri­bu­tion to region­al his­to­ry was pre­vi­ous­ly rec­og­nized in 1992 by the Cana­di­an His­tor­i­cal Asso­ci­a­tion.

Knight’s most recent books are Voy­age Through the Past Cen­tu­ry (2013) and Along the No. 20 Line (1980; reis­sued 2011). Indi­ans at Work (1977; reis­sued 1996) and A Very Ordi­nary Life (1974) con­tin­ue to be among his best known books.

Since 1996, the George Wood­cock Life­time Achieve­ment Award annu­al­ly hon­ours an out­stand­ing lit­er­ary career in British Colum­bia. Pre­vi­ous win­ners include David Suzu­ki, Alice Munro, Phyl­lis Webb, Jane Rule, Jack Hod­gins, bill bis­sett, and Jean Bar­man.

Read more about the award, and Knight’s response, at BC Book­Look.