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Terry Glavin wins Lieutenant-Governor's Award

New Star author and editor of the Transmontanus series is 2009 recipient

2009.04.20 — Terry Glavin, whose first three books were published by New Star Books, and who continues to edit the Transmontanus series published by New Star, was named Saturday as the 2009 winner of the BC Lieutenant-Governor's Award for Literary Excellence.

Glavin, who lives in Victoria, is the sixth straight Islander to win the award, which comes with a $5,000 prize. Past winners are P.K. Page, Robert Bringhurst, Jack Hodgins, Patrick Lane, and Gary Geddes. The award will be presented at the BC Book Prizes Gala in Vancouver on April 25.

New Star published Glavin's first book, A Death Feast in Dimlahamid, a finalist for the Roderick Haig-Brown Prize, in 1990, and This Ragged Place, a finalist for a Governor-General's Award for Literature, in 1996. In 1994 his book about the Fraser River white sturgeon, A Ghost in the Water, was the first instalment in the Transmontanus series, which now numbers seventeen volumes.

His most recent book, Waiting for the Macaws, was published by Penguin Canada, and has been released to great acclaim in the United Kingdom, the USA, and Germany. He also wrote The Last Great Sea and Dead Reckoning, both co-published by Greystone and the David Suzuki Foundation, and Amongst God's Own, published by Longhouse Publishing and distributed by New Star.