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Rolf Knight is this year’s George Woodcock Prize winner


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.