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Katherine Palmer Gordon

Katherine Palmer Gordon

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The author of seven non-fiction books, Katherine Palmer Gordon has been writing for publications in both Canada and New Zealand since 1995. Born in England in 1963, her much-travelled French/Scottish family eventually settled in New Zealand. She moved to Gabriola Island, British Columbia, in 2004, where she spent the next 11 years writing about contemporary issues that face society. She has covered some of the most beautiful regions of the planet; the people who live around us and what they do; and environmental, cultural, and business-related issues. Her first five books were published under the name Katherine Gordon. With the publication of her sixth book, she re-introduced her original name, Palmer, to her readers. With more than twenty-five years experience working with First Nations on land claims and inter-governmental relations, Katherine also writes about the complex and human side of treaty negotiations, reconciliation, and the path to justice for First Nations. Her book "We Are Born With the Songs Inside Us" (Harbour, September 2013) profiles a number of young First Nations men and women talking about their lives in 21st century BC and the importance of cultural connection to the successful path they are following (with a Foreword by Shawn A-in-Chut Atleo). In spring 2016, her story entitled Mother Tongues appeared in a new anthology edited by Danielle Metcalf-Chenaille entitled: "In This Together: Fifteen True Stories of Reconciliation." Contributors are indigenous and non-indigenous writers from around the country, describing their personal experiences with reconciliation. In 2022, she is returning home to British Columbia after residing in New Zealand for six years, where she has been working on her next book, "This Place is Who We Are," (Harbour, publication spring 2023) as well as continuing her work in the Indigenous arena in both places.

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Finalist, Hubert Evans Prize for Non-Fiction, BC Book Prizes for The Slocan: Portrait of a Valley, 2005; Winner, Roderick Haig-Brown Prize, BC Book Prizes for Made to Measure: A History of Land Surveying in B.C., 2007
Axiom Business Books Awards, NYC: silver medal, corporate history for Maps, Mountains, & Mosquitoes: the Mcelhanney Story, 1910 to 2010, 2011
Axiom Business Books Awards, NYC: Corporate: bronze medal, corporate history for Strong Foundations : The Klohn Crippen Berger Story, 2021
Roderick Haig-Brown Prize, BC Book Prizes for Made to Measure: A History of BC Land Surveying, 2006
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