Historical writing award for local author

Mark Forsythe and co-author Greg Dickson have won a provincial award for their book about the First World War

Fort Langley's Mark Forsythe and co-author Greg Dickson won first prize in the British Columbia Historical Federation’s Historical Writing Awards for their collaborative book

Authors Mark Forsythe and Greg Dickson have won first prize in the British Columbia Historical Federation’s Historical Writing Awards for their collaborative book, From the West Coast to the Western Front: British Columbians and the Great War.

Both men received the B.C. Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing at an awards ceremony in Quesnel on May 23, as well as a $2,500 prize.

From the West Coast to the Western Front was published to mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War.

In this compelling book, Forsythe, a Fort Langley resident and the former host of CBC Radio’s mid-day show BC Almanac, teamed up with Dickson to compile stories, artifacts and photos sent in by BC Almanac listeners from across the province.

The result is a sweeping portrayal of that crucial chapter of B.C. history that reveals much about the spirit and resilience of a people who survived one of history’s greatest disasters to build the province we have today.

Robert Budd took home the second prize (worth $1,500) for his book, Echoes of British Columbia: Voices From the Frontier.

Both books were released by Harbour Publishing and are available for purchase on their website at harbourpublishing.com.