In the coming years, we hope to increase the value of the $2,500 prize with your help. By making a gift to support the prize, you will honour Basil’s memory, support local authors, and celebrate the importance of BC’s literary and scholarly landscape. Previous winners of the prize have all gone on to receive further accolades for their winning books.
Basil Stuart-Stubbs had a profound impact on UBC and the wider literary and scholarly community. He was University Librarian from 1964 to 1981, and Director of the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies from 1981 to 1992. Professor Emeritus and University Librarian Emeritus at UBC, Stuart-Stubbs is remembered as a bibliophile, scholar, fierce intellect and great leader.
He served the federal and provincial governments in an advisory capacity on bodies such as the National Research Council’s Advisory Board on Scientific and Technical Information, the National Library Advisory Board, the Canada Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the British Columbia Arts Board.
Stuart-Stubbs had a leadership role in many national and regional library and publishing activities. During his exceptional career, Basil took particular interest in the production and distribution of Canadian books, and was associated with several initiatives beneficial to authors and their readers, and to Canadian publishing.
Stuart-Stubbs’ writings encompass Canadian history, historical cartography, historical bibliography, library history, copyright law, library automation, union catalogues, resource sharing and computerized networks. Basil Stuart-Stubbs passed away on May 29, 2012, at the age of 82. Several tributes have been published, including “He made books and writers a priority” in the Globe and Mail, “Basil Stuart-Stubbs: 1930-2012″ in Quill & Quire and “Remembering Basil Stuart-Stubbs” in ABC Bookworld.
Please make a donation to support the annual prize in Basil’s name and continue his legacy of advocacy for Canadiana and local scholarly work.