A Good Day
We are delighted and humbled that Surrey: A City of Stories has been named as a finalist in the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional prize category, part of BC Book Prizes 2018.
Place is built as much on layers of stories as it is on landscape or building fabric, and we worked hard to mine the archives for stories and images that would resonate with readers and reflect the pride with which Surrey citizens view their growing city.
A big shout-out to book designer Bill Glasgow, of William Glasgow Design in Abbotsford, BC. Book designers are the unsung heroes of book land, creative and innovative souls who labour out of the limelight to make our words pop on the page. Bill is the consummate collaborator who grasps and extends our vision while wrestling both disparate images and gorgeous archivals onto the page and into a coherent and beautiful whole.
Great big thanks to Ryan Gallagher and his team at the Surrey Archives.
Winners will be announced May 4, 2018 at the 34th Annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala in Vancouver.
More information can be found here 2018 BC Book Prizes Shortlists Announced
We’re writing a history book called Surrey: A City of Stories. We’ve been out talking to people in Surrey. We’ve walked and paddled and looked in many corners. And we’re hearing that this is a great place to live.
Citizens value its history, its cultural diversity, its wild places, and the hum of activity that its urban side gives off. Many people in the public outreach we’ve been doing tell us how proud they are of this place they call home.
We’ve been asked to create a visual buffet, a gorgeous popular history for release in early September of 2017. Stay tuned!
If you have stories or documents related to this project, drop us a line through the contacts page.
We are proud to be working on the new City of Surrey history book. To honour this project, we have sent out our people to experience Surrey’s living history. The Round-Up Café features its landmark neon sign, and the same traditional food that has been served since its opening in 1949, when it was a part of the original Whalley’s corner. We tried out their classic menu while enjoying the 1950s diner feel. When you get the chance, don’t hesitate to try out this living piece of Surrey’s history right at your back door!