Congratulations, Daniel Francis!

(Photo credit: MCpl Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall, © OSGG, 2017)

From Jacqueline van Dyk, Director of Library Services: 

On behalf of North Vancouver District Public Library, I would like to extend sincere congratulations to local North Vancouver author Daniel Francis, who was recently awarded the 2017 Governor General History Award for Popular Media: The Pierre Berton Award. 

The North Vancouver District Public Library is truly thrilled that a local North Vancouverite is being honoured with this prestigious achievement for work to promote the stories and history of our community, of British Columbia, and of Canada. Daniel's works inspire our community members to learn more, read more, and feel more connected to their community- which is exactly what the library is all about! 

"Francis, who lives in North Vancouver, has devoted his adult life to bringing our history to a wide, popular audience both school age and adult. He is the author of 30 books, and his work reflects the great diversity of Canada’s past. He has examined, among other things, the social history of Canada, the image of Indigenous people in Canadian culture, the Prohibition years, whales and whaling, the Trans-Canada Highway and the history of his hometown, Vancouver." - Canada's History

The District of North Vancouver hosted their 125th-anniversary book launch for Where Mountains Meet the Sea: an Illustrated History of the District of North Vancouver, by Daniel Francis, at an after-hours event here at the Lynn Valley Library in 2016. Since that time, the book has been checked out 75 times—that’s every week we’ve had it in the collection. One of his older works, Far West: The Story of British Columbia, still averages 26 uses per year eleven years after initial publishing. And those are stats from just two of his many titles. The library is proud to offer a vast selection of Francis' works. Be sure to check out one of his fantastic books today.

Once again, I'd like to congratulate Daniel Francis for this tremendous accomplishment. 


Jacqueline van Dyk