Victorian lauded for B.C. history book

Victoria author and map historian Michael Layland has added to his run of celebrated books by winning the Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia this week.

In Nature’s Realm: Early Naturalists Explore Vancouver Island is Layland’s the third book in his series on the history of European discovery and settlement of the area. In Nature’s Realm, which follows The Land of Heart’s Delight (2013) and A Perfect Eden (2016), looks at flora and fauna of Vancouver Island as it would have been encountered thousands of years ago.

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The former president of the Victoria Historical Society and the Friends of the B.C. Archives wins $2,500 for having written the best scholarly book published by a Canadian author on a B.C. subject. Layland will be recognized for his efforts during a ceremony at the University of British Columbia in April.

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