WINNER of two PubWest Book Design Awards: Judges’ Choice Award and a Gold Medal in the Adult Trade – Illustrated category.
WINNER of an Alcuin Society Award for Excellence in Book Design in Canada: Second Prize in the Prose Illustrated category.
What is family? Is it defined by blood and birth? Or can we invite whomever we want into that intimate embrace?
In The Language of Family: Stories of Bonds and Belonging, twenty contributors from across British Columbia—including museum curators, cultural luminaries, writers and thinkers young and old from First Nations, LGBTQ, Japanese Canadian and Punjabi communities, among others—share their vastly differing perspectives on what family means.
This superb collection of personal narratives, poems and essays will provoke, tease, enlighten and infuriate. Isn’t that what family does best?
STORIES, POEMS AND ESSAYS BY
Jack Lohman, Sadhu Binning, Martha Black, Don Bourdon, Kathryn Bridge, Tzu-I Chung, Shushma Datt, Mo Dhaliwal, Zoé Duhaime, barbara findlay, Lynn Greenhough, Judith I. Guichon, Lorne F. Hammond, Joy Kogawa, Patrick Lane, Luke Marston, Bev Sellars, Monique Gray Smith, Ann-Bernice Thomas and Larry Wong.
“Odds are, it will shake the reader’s concept of what a family is…. This book opens the door to new thinking, and encourages us to step through.” – Dave Obee, Times Colonist
“Everyone’s idea of family is different: There’s the classic nuclear familyof mother, father and kids; there are extended branches of kinship within Indigenous communities; and some ctivists eschew biological families for social networks. The folks at the Royal Bc Musum have therefore included a wide spectrum for The Language of Family…” – BC Bookworld
“Whether connected by blood or experience, the twenty contributors to this collection have offered enlightening and thought-provoking perspectives through this compilation of works.” – Vancouver Sun
CONGRATULATIONS to The Language of Family, one of the best designed books in Canada in 2017.
Winner of an Alcuin Society Award for Excellence in Book Design in Canada: Second Prize in the Prose Illustrated category
“[This book’s] greatest strength lies in its ability to express the diversity of family connections, while also beautifully communicating the strong emotions that these relationships illicit, be they with those we have chosen or those we are born with.” – BC Studies
“When I first held The Language of Family in my hands, I could feel the faint stirring of emotion, the way one would with any work of art, and I just let my fingers caress the book for a while before I opened it.” – The Ormsby Review
CONGRATULATIONS to The Language of Family, which won the Judges Choice Award at the PubWest Book Design Awards and also won a Gold Medal in the Adult Trade–Illustrated category. The PubWest Design Awards were developed 34 years ago to recognize superior design and outstanding production quality of books across North America.