Mark Forsythe (left) and Greg Dickson (right) took first prize for their book

Mark Forsythe (left) and Greg Dickson (right) took first prize for their book

Book with West Kootenay connections wins top honours

A new book about WWI was given a medal for historical writing this year.

Two BC authors who recently did a book signing in Nelson have won the 2015 BC Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing. Mark Forsythe (left) and Greg Dickson (right) took first prize for their book, From the West Coast to the Western Front: British Columbians and the Great War. They were honoured at a ceremony in Quesnel recently.

From the West Coast to the Western Front was published to mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. Forsythe, the former host of CBC Radio’s mid-day show BC Almanac, teamed up with Dickson to compile stories, artifacts and photos sent in by listeners. The book has a lot of West Kootenay content, including the story of a list of St. Saviour’s Anglican Church members who enlisted in World War I, discovered in the cornerstone of the Nelson church’s hall a few years ago.