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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.

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Boss Whistle: The Coal Miners of Vancouver Island Remember. Rev. ed. Nanaimo, BC: Rocky Point Books, 2002.
Robert Dunsmuir Laird of the Mines. Montreal: XYZ Publishing, 1999.
"The Crosscut," Winds Through Time: An Anthology of Canadian Historical Young Adult Fiction. Ed. Ann Walsh. Vancouver, BC: Beach Holme Publishing, 1998.
Those Lake People. Vancouver, BC: Douglas & McIntyre, 1995; 2019
Muddling Through: The Remarkable Story of the Barr Colonists. Vancouver, BC: Douglas & McIntyre, 1992.
Whoever Gives Us Bread. The Story of Italians in British Columbia. Douglas & McIntyre, 2011
Three Dollar Dreams. Oolichan Books, 1987
Those Island People. Rocky Point Books, 2014


Certificate of Honour for British Columbia Historical Federation, 1999
The City of Nanaimo Excellence in Culture Award, 1999
Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize for BC Book Awards, 1993
Regional Certificate of Merit - Prairies/Northwest Territories for Canadian Historical Association, 1993
Shortlisted for Roderick Haig-Brown Prize, British Columbia Book Prizes for BC Book Prizes, 1987
Shortlist for the City of Vancouver Book Award for Whoever Gives Us Bread. The Story of Italians in British Columbia, 2011
F.G. Bressani Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction for Whoever Gives Us Bread The Story of Italians in British Columbia, 2012
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