Lucky Budd

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Robert "Lucky" Budd
Alma materUniversity of Victoria
OccupationAuthor, illustrator, historian, radio host
AwardsBC Book Prize

Robert "Lucky" Budd is a Canadian author, oral historian, and radio host. He is known for his books based upon the stories of British Columbia pioneers, as well as his book collaborations with artist Roy Henry Vickers.

Early life and education[edit]

Budd received the nickname "Lucky" from his brother soon after his birth, and the name became his preferred moniker.[1] He moved to Victoria from Toronto in 1995, taking a BA in Humanities from the University of Victoria, and touring with a rock band.[2] In 2000 Budd then became the audio preservationist for CBC during its campaign to digitize its audio archives, including Nisga'a First Nation heritage.[2][3] In 2002 he again attended the University of Victoria, where he completed his graduate degree in History.[3]

Voices of B.C.[edit]

Budd is the host of the CBC Radio series Voices of B.C., where he recounts the stories of B.C. pioneers from tapings of their voices that were recorded in the 1950s and '60s by journalist Imbert Orchard.[4] Budd is also the author of its companion book Voices of British Columbia: Stories from our Frontier,[1] published in 2010. That year the book was nominated for a BC Book Prize.[5] In 2014 he then released a follow-up book entitled Echoes of British Columbia; both books were sold alongside a three-CD set of 26 original pioneer recordings.[6] Echoes was the 2nd prize for The Lieutenant-Governor's Medal for Historical Writing 2014.[7] Each of the projects are extensions of his master's thesis, which was done on the archive of pioneer recordings he discovered during his tenure as audio preservationist.[8] Both books were national bestsellers.[9] Budd is also the author of Ted Harrison Collected and Project Manager for the book Storyteller: The Art Of Roy Henry Vickers.[10][11]

Collaborations with Roy Henry Vickers[edit]

In 2013 Budd co-authored Raven Brings the Light with Roy Henry Vickers, who contributed 19 original art pieces to the book.[1] The book became a national bestseller in Canada.[12] They collaborated again in 2014 on the book Cloudwalker, in 2015 on the book Orca Chief,[13][14] and in 2016 on the book Peace Dancer.[15] Their first three books together were each short-listed for the Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award at the BC Book Prizes,[12] Orca Chief was also the winner of the Moonbeam Spirit Award for Preservation,[16] and nominated for the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award[17] and Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize,[18] and all four books have also been national bestsellers and referred to as the Northwest Coast Legends Series.[9]


  1. ^ a b c "Telling raven's tale - Victoria News". 22 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Cloudwalker - Focus Online".
  3. ^ a b Teresa Mallam (1 December 2014). "Author gets reel sense of history". Prince George Free Press. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  4. ^ Sun, Vancouver. "Pioneers tell tales of B.C.'s history".
  5. ^ "Sylvia Olsen and Robert "Lucky" Budd nominated for BC Book Prizes - The Ring".
  6. ^ DeGrass, Jan. "From Ships to Settlers: two books for history buffs".
  7. ^ bchwpadmin (2015-05-23). "Winners of 2014 British Columbia Historical Federation Historical Writing Competition". British Columbia Historical Federation. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  8. ^ Petrescu, Sarah. "Roy Henry Vickers' quest to keep First Nation stories alive".
  9. ^ a b "Echoes of B.C. aren't always happy endings".
  10. ^ "Families, fans celebrate late Canadian painter Ted Harrison".
  11. ^ Sherlock, Tracy. "Roy Henry Vickers: An artist's turn to speak".
  12. ^ a b "BC Book Prizes announces 2015 literary award shortlists - Vancouver Observer".
  13. ^ Budd, Robert (25 April 2015). "Orca Chief". Harbour Publishing – via Google Books.
  14. ^ "Best selling aboriginal artist's new book teaches respect for the environment".
  15. ^ "Peace Dancer by Roy Henry Vickers, Robert Budd, Roy Henry Vickers - Kirkus Reviews".
  16. ^ Moonbeam Awards. "2015 Moonbeam Medalists". Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  17. ^ K, Helen. "2015 IBBY Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award winner announced".
  18. ^ WOO, ANDREA (9 March 2016). "Finalists announced for 2016 BC Book Prizes" – via The Globe and Mail.