I am really chuffed about the fact that I am receiving this year's City of Vancouver Mayor's Arts Award for the literary arts (which means writing and publishing).
There have been so many worthy recipients since the awards began in 2004, when my pal Stephen Osborne was the inaugural winner, that it is very exciting to be one of them. I choose to view it as welcome recognition of the importance of history writing to the cultural life of the city.
Each recipient names an "emerging artist" with whom to share the prize. My choice is Michal Kozlowski, the very talented assistant publisher at Geist magazine.
The ceremony will take place at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown on October 7.