Ex-navy, ex-banker, now novelist, journalist and professor.

Awards & Recogniton

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2014 National Magazine Award Finalist, Arts & Entertainment,
The Way Things Are: Fred Herzog's Art of Observation, Canadian Art
 
2013 National Magazine Award Finalist, Sports & Recreation, Ya Gotta Believe, Eighteen Bridges
 
2013 National Magazine Award Finalist, Editorial Package, Energy Smarts, Canadian Geographic
 
2012 CBC Bookie Prize Winner for The Blue Light Project
 
2012 National Magazine Award Silver, Arts & Entertainment, Man Standing, Canadian Art
 
2012 Western Magazine Award Gold, Human Experience, Blood Brothers, Vancouver Magazine
 
2012 Western Magazine Award Gold Award, Best Article, Blood Brothers, Vancouver Magazine
 
2012 Western Magazine Award Nominee, Public Issues, Blood Brothers, Vancouver Magazine
 
2012 National Magazine Award Nominee, Society, Blood Brothers, Vancouver Magazine
 
2012 Western Magazine Award Nominee, Arts Culture & Entertainment, Chaos and Planning, Vancouver Review
 
2011 Western Magazine Award, Gold, Arts Culture and Entertainment, Watching the Waterfront, Vancouver Review
 
2010 Western Magazine Award, Gold, Arts Culture and Entertainment, Foodville Part One, Vancouver Review
 
2010 Western Magazine Award, Gold,  Best Article BC/Yukon, Foodville Part One, Vancouver Review 
 
2010  National Magazine Award, Travel, Gold - Walking the Way, Walrus
 
2010  National Magazine Award, Personal Journalism, Finalist - Walking the Way, Walrus
 
2009  North American Travel Journalism Association Merit Award
 
2008  Folio: Eddie Magazine Award, Bronze Medal
 
2008  Western Magazine Award, Finalist
 
2008  National Magazine Award, Finalist
 
2007  Canada Reads Finalist, Stanley Park
 
2007  Magnum Opus Gold Award
 
2006  Magazine du Quebec, Grand Prix
 
2005  National Magazine Award, Silver
 
2004  Lowell Thomas / Society of American Travel Writers Award, Silver
 
2004  Northern Lights Travel Writing Award, Silver
 
2004  One Book One Vancouver selection, Stanley Park
 
2003   Globe and Mail 100 Best Books of the Year, Silent Cruise
 
2002  Danuta Gleed Award, runner-up
 
2002  National Magazine Award, Gold, Time Warp, first published in Saturday Night
 
2002   Globe and Mail 100 Best Books of the Year, Stanley Park
 
2001  Giller Prize Finalist
 
2001  Writers Trust Prize Finalist
 
2001  BC Book Awards Finalist
 
2001  Vancouver Book Awards Finalist
 
2001  Torgi Book Awards Finalist
 
2000  National Magazine Award, Silver
 
2000  Journey Prize, winner
 
1996  National Magazine Award, Finalist