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REPORTING · 3rd May 2013
Walter McFarlane
Two BC Book Prize Award Winning Authors were at the Kitimat Public Library on Monday, April 22nd. Victoria Miles, author of Mimi Power and Jackson Davies author of: Bruno and the Beach, The Beach Combers at 40.

Mimi Power was nominated for the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize and took aproximatly 3 years to write.

“It is my tenth children’s book and it’s loosely based on my family,” said Miles. “When my daughter was a toddler, she was young, she was a real firecracker, really lively. We had a lot of episodes in the house to keep her calm, keep her happy, those sorts of things. Our family seems to run into one episode after another and I realized I had material.”

Bruno and the Beach, the Beachcombers at40 is based on the hit television series, the Beachcombers and was written for their 40th anniversary. It was nominated for the Bill Duffy Booksellers Choice Award and the Roderick Haig-brown Regional Prize.

“I’m an actor, I played a character called Constable John Constable on the series for 16 years and Beach Combers ran 19 which is the longest running show in Canadian TV [History],” said Davies. “It was myself and the co-creator of the series who decided to write this book. He unfortunately was battling cancer and we delivered the book before he passed away.”

It was their salute to the series Beachcombers, which, while not released on DVD, was released in 16 countries around the world. The writing process took a year to write and had a specific deadline of the 40th anniversary of the show.

Both authors visited the local schools. Davies stated there were a lot of First Nations in the schools and commented the Beachcombers were ahead of the curb in telling stories about the First Nations issues including land claims and ecology in the 1970s. Many of the students expressed they thought they heard their parents talking about the show.

The next stop on the tour was Prince Rupert, then on to Smithers, Prince George, Fort Saint James, Burns Lake and possibly Houston.