Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize
Awarded to the author of the best original non-fiction literary work (philosophy, belles lettres, biography, history etc.). Quality of research and writing are major considerations in the judging of this prize as are insight and originality. The writer must be a B.C./Yukon resident or have lived in B.C. or the Yukon for three of the last five years. The book may have been published anywhere.
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Evans, Hubert Reginald, writer (b. at Vankleek Hill, Ont 9 May 1892; d. at Sechelt, BC 17 June 1986). He became a reporter in 1910 and, after service overseas in WWI, was a fisheries officer in northern BC. In 1925 he decided to write full-time and in 1927 began supporting his family by writing articles, short stories, serials, radio plays and books for juveniles. His first novel, The New Front Line (1927), was about a returned veteran. Mist on the River (1954), described cultural conflicts in an Indian village.
While in his 80s he wrote 3 books of poetry and published a new novel, O Time in Your Flight (1979), about a boy in Ontario in 1899. Evans’s writing career spanned 7 decades; Margaret Laurence called him the elder of the tribe. In 1984 he received an honorary degree from Simon Fraser University.
Author: BERT (A.E.) NELSON
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