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Lynne Bowen

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Lynne Bowen started in Indian Head, Saskatchewan in 1940 and has been moving westward ever since. She was raised in Calgary and Hinton, Alberta. She obtained a Public Health Nursing degree from the University of Alberta, and a Master's degree in western Canadian history from the University of Victoria. She lives, kayaks, and bicycles in Nanaimo and is married with three children. She writes books, articles, video scripts, and has just retired after fourteen years as the Rogers Communications Co-Chair of Creative Non-fiction Writing at the University of British Columbia.



Boss Whistle. The Coal Miners of Vancouver Island Remember. Revised Edition.. 1982/2002, Oolichan Books/Rocky Point Books``
Three Dollar Dreams. 1987, Oolichan Books
Muddling Through. The Remarkable Story of the Batt Colonists. 1992, Douglas & McIntyre
Those Lake People. Stories of Cowichan Lake, 2nd Edition. 1992/2019, Douglas & McIntyre/Rocky Point Books
Robert Dunsmuir, Laird of the Mines. 1999, XYZ Publishing
Whoever Gives Us Bread. The Story of Italians in British Columbia. 2011/2013, Douglas & McIntyre/Douglas & McIntyre (2013) Ltd.
Those Island People. 2014, Rocky Point Books


Easton's British Columbia Book Award for Boss Whistle, The Coal Miners of Vancouver Island Remember, 1983
Lieutenant-Governor's Medal for Writing British Columbia History for Three Dollar Dreams, 1987
Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize for Muddling Through, The Remarkable Story of the Barr Colonists, 1992
F.G. Bressani Literary Prize in Creative Nonfiction for Whoever Gives Us Bread, The Story of Italians in British Columbia, 2012
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