Terry Glavin

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Terry Glavin (born 1955) is a Canadian author and journalist.

Born in the United Kingdom to Irish parents, he emigrated to Canada in 1957. Glavin has worked as a journalist and columnist for The Daily Columbian, The Vancouver Sun, The Globe and Mail, and The Georgia Straight. Glavin's writing covers a wide range of regional and global topics from natural history and anthropology to current politics.

His first book, A Death Feast in Dimlahamid (1990), dealt with the struggles of the Gitksan and Wet'suwet'en peoples, drawing on an account of the oral traditions of Dimlahamid, also known as Temlaham, an ancient city said to have existed in that region. His second book, Nemiah: The Unconquered Country (1992), a cultural and historical account of British Columbia's Chilcotin District, included some of the Tsilhqot'in people's perspective on the Chilcotin War of 1864.

Among his best known works is The Last Great Sea: A Voyage Through the Human and Natural History of the North Pacific Ocean (2000), which was nominated for the Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award and the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize, and was the winner of the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize.[1]

In 2006, Glavin came under fire from some progressives and from anti-war activists for a Georgia Straight column in which he had expressed support of the American and Israeli positions in the July 2006 invasion of Lebanon.[citation needed] He is also a signatory of the Euston Manifesto.

In 2009, Glavin was awarded the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence for contributing significantly to the development of literary excellence in British Columbia.

Glavin has supported[clarification needed] Canada's combat mission in Afghanistan, and is an active member of the Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee.


  • A Death Feast in Dimlahamid – 1990. ISBN 978-0-921586-14-2 (revised edition 1998)
  • Nemiah: The Unconquered Country – 1992
  • A Ghost in the Water – 1994
  • Dead Reckoning: Confronting the Crisis in Pacific Fisheries – 1996
  • This Ragged Place: Travels Across the Landscape – 1996
  • The Last Great Sea: A Voyage Through the Human and Natural History of the North Pacific Ocean – 2000
  • A Voice Great Within Us – 1998 (with Charles Lillard)
  • North of Caution – 2002 (with Ian Gill, Richard Manning, Ben Parfitt and Alex Rosel)
  • Amongst God's Own: The Enduring Legacy of St. Mary’s Mission – 2002. ISBN 978-0-9686046-1-8 (with former students of St. Mary’s)
  • Waiting for the Macaws: And Other Stories from the Age of Extinctions – 2006
  • The Sixth Extinction: Journeys Among the Lost and Left Behind – 2006. ISBN 978-0-312-36231-7
  • Come from the Shadows: The Long and Lonely Struggle for Peace in Afghanistan – October 2011

Journalism awards[edit]

  • Best Column in a Magazine, Western Magazine Awards, 1998
  • Science, Technology and Medicine Prize, National Magazine Awards Foundation, 1998
  • Science Technology and Medicine Prize, Western Magazine Awards, 1998
  • Jack Webster Awards prize for Science and Technology, 1997
  • "Science in Society" prize from the Canadian Science Writers Association, 1996
  • Special Award for Editorial Innovation, Impact or Courage, Western Magazine Awards, 1994
  • First prize, Travel Writing, National Awards Foundation, 1994
  • Best Essay of the Year, National Magazine Awards Foundation, 1993
  • Science Technology and Medicine Prize, Western Magazine Awards, 1993


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