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David Stouck wins 2014 Book Award for Arthur Erickson biography

October 7 2014

2014 Book Award winner David Stouck

An in-depth portrait of the life and work of one of Canada’s most renowned architects is the winner of the 2014 City of Vancouver Book Award.

Writer David Stouck was presented the prize for Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life (Douglas & McIntyre) on Tuesday evening at the 2014 Mayor’s Arts Awards.

Stouck’s book brings to life the iconic local figure and his contributions to Vancouver through illuminating anecdotes obtained from extensive interviews and research. The book provides an often funny and whimsical, absorbing narrative which carefully unpacks Erickson’s life to provide a peccadillos-and-all portrait of the architect and his work.

Arthur Erickson: An Architect's Life won both the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize and the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize at the 2014 BC Book Prizes.

About David Stouck

Stouck is a professor emeritus of English at Simon Fraser University.

Stouck’s other works include:

  • Ethel Wilson: A Critical Biography, which was shortlisted for the VanCity Book Prize
  • Collecting Stamps Would Have Been More Fun: The Correspondence of Sinclair Ross 1933-86, a finalist for the Alberta Book Prize

Shortlisted titles

Four other titles were shortlisted for the 2014 City of Vancouver Book Award:

  • How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun (Nightwood Editions) by Doretta Lau
  • Artificial Cherry (Arsenal Pulp Press) by Billeh Nickleson
  • Anatomy of a Girl Gang (Arsenal Pulp Press) by Ashley Little
  • What Makes Olga Run? (Random House) by Bruce Grierson

The shortlisted titles and winner were chosen by an independent jury. The winner receives a cash prize of $3,000.

About the City of Vancouver Book Award

The City of Vancouver Book Award has been awarded annually since 1989 to recognize authors whose works demonstrate excellence and contribute to an appreciation and understanding of Vancouver’s history, unique character, or achievements of its residents.

Discover more about the award and past winners

City of Vancouver Book Award

City of Vancouver Book Award

Since 1989, the annual City of Vancouver Book Award has been recognizing authors of excellence of any genre who contribute to the appreciation and understanding of Vancouver's history, unique character, or the achievements of its residents.