The Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia

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Established in memory of Basil Stuart-Stubbs, the annual Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Book on British Columbia will recognize the best scholarly book published on a British Columbia subject by a Canadian author.

The inaugural prize was awarded in the spring of 2013. The prize is administered by UBC Library and the Pacific BookWorld News Society (the latter will manage the judging process). For more information on previous winners of the award or shortlisted nominees, visit the Award website.

To honour Basil’s memory and support the award, please consider a contribution to the Basil Stuart-Stubbs memorial fund.

About Basil Stuart-Stubbs

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Basil Stuart-Stubbs made a lasting contribution to the University of British Columbia and to scholarship, as well as the broader world of Canadian writing and publishing. His multi-faceted career at UBC included serving as:

  • the first Head of Special Collections;
  • University Librarian from 1964 to 1981;
  • and Director of the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS) from 1981 to 1992.

As well as being a leading advocate for the establishment of the Public Lending Right for Canadian authors, Basil took particular interest in the production and distribution of Canadian books. His significant accomplishments include:

  • chairing the UBC Publications Centre, which created UBC Press (Basil was Chair of the UBC Press Board for 10 years and Acting Director for a year);
  • collaborating with Bill Duthie and Harald Bohne to establish Canadian Books in Print, a key reference source;
  • organizing the first conference on regional publishing in Western Canada, which led to the establishment of the Association of B.C. Book Publishers;
  • serving as a founding member and second President of the Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions;
  • serving as a founding member of the Alcuin Society;
  • serving as a founding Board member of the SFU Centre for Canadian Publishing;
  • participating in the establishment of the scholarly journal Canadian Literature (he was the first Circulation Manager).