Book Publishers To Present Two Awards At Gala Dinner

The Association of  Book Publishers of BC will present two prestigious awards at their annual Awards Dinner April 19 at Vancouver’s landmark Arbutus Club.

The Jim Douglas Publisher of the Year Award recipient for 2012 will be Self-Counsel Press, whose owner Diana Douglas will accept the award from her father Jim Douglas, founder of J. J. Douglas (now Douglas & McIntyre) his whose honour the honour is named.

As a pioneer in the world of do-it-yourself legal guides, Self-Counsel Press has given millions of readers the power to write a will, start and run a business, buy a franchise, prepare a separation agreement, and write screenplays or romance novels. In the spirit of demystifying legal and business concepts, the books are all written in clear, accessible language.

The 2012 Gray Campbell Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Paul Whitney, who has had an illustrious career as a librarian and teacher. During Paul’s tenure as City Librarian at the Vancouver Public Library, he engaged the publishing community through numerous channels demonstrating his deep commitment to the written word and the role the library, the publisher and the author play in enhancing our lives and creating civically engaged citizens.

This award, which is named for pioneering publisher and founder of Gray’s Publishing, Gray Campbell, recognizes the importance of the many individuals who comprise the book industry; their energy and creativity are essential to the continued creation and dissemination of books that tell our stories.

For tickets ($85 including HST) to the April 19 Awards Dinner contact Gerilee McBride at 604.684.0228 or


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