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Winner of 2014 Canadian Historical Association Clio Prize, best book in British Columbia history

Honourable Mention for 2014 British Columbia Historical Federation, Lieutentant-Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing 

Finalist for 2014  BC Book Prizes, Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize for Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History

Finalist for 2014  Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia for Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History

Finalist for 2013 City of Vancouver Book Award for Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History

Preview Chapter Available Here [PDF]

Interview on Nature’s Past podcast

In early December 2006, a powerful windstorm ripped through Vancouver’s Stanley Park. The storm transformed the city’s most treasured landmark into a tangle of splintered trees and shattered a decades-old vision of the park as timeless virgin wilderness. In Inventing Stanley Park, Sean Kheraj traces how this tension between popular expectations of idealized nature and the volatility of complex ecosystems helped shape the landscape of one of the world’s most famous urban parks. This beautifully illustrated book not only depicts the natural and cultural forces that shaped the park’s landscape, it also examines the roots of our complex relationship with nature.

Sean Kheraj is an assistant professor in the Department of History at York University. He is also the host and producer of Nature’s Past: Canadian Environmental History Podcast and a co-editor of niche-canada.org. Find out more about the author at http://seankheraj.com.

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