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The E. J. Hughes Book of Boats
By (author): Robert Amos
9781771513364 Hardcover, Paper over boards English General Trade ART / Canadian British Columbia Sep 22, 2020
$22.00 CAD
Active 9.5 x 8 in 88 pages TouchWood Editions

Boat lovers of all ages and people who enjoy the scenery of BC’s coast will delight in this charming gift book, a worthy addition to books about BC’s art history.

In the course of his career, one of BC’s most beloved painters, E. J. Hughes (1913–2007), depicted paddle wheelers, steamships, fishing boats, and car ferries. Now The E. J. Hughes Book of Boats brings many of his coastal paintings of boats together in one handsome volume—a book for art lovers and boating enthusiasts alike.

Robert Amos is the official biographer of E. J. Hughes, and works with the participation of the Estate of E. J. Hughes. The Book of Boats follows the success of his two geographically-based volumes, E. J. Hughes Paints Vancouver Island (2018) and E. J. Hughes Paints British Columbia (2019). This new compendium features never-before-seen sketches and photographs accompanying full-page illustrations of some of the artist’s finest works.

Robert Amos has published eight books on art, including E. J. Hughes Paints British Columbia and E. J. Hughes Paints Vancouver Island, and was the arts columnist for Victoria’s Times Colonist newspaper for more than thirty years. Amos was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1995 and is an Honorary Citizen of Victoria. He lives in Oak Bay, British Columbia with his wife, artist Sarah Amos.

Media + Publicity:

  • National, regional, and subject-specific print features, recipes excerpts, and review coverage targeting the Vancouver Sun, Globe and Mail, Montreal Gazette, Canada's History, Macleans magazine, BC History, Times Colonist, BC BookWorld, Common Ground, Victoria News, BC Studies, Ormsby Review, Preview, Vue Weekly, Galleries West, Canadian Geographic
  • Broadcast interviews targeting CBC’s The Next Chapter, CBC’s All Points West, CBC’s North by Northwest, CBC’s Daybreak Kamloops, CBC’s Daybreak South, CBC’s On the Coast, CBC’s Almanac, CBC’s Early Edition, CKNW radio
  • Publicity and promotion in conjunction with author's speaking engagements, possible regional author tour
  •  Outreach to travel and tourism organizations including Travel BC, Tourism Industry Association of BC, Tourism Vancouver, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, Tourism KelownaOutreach to subject-specific organizations, markets and festivals  

Marketing + Promo:

  • Regional, and subject-specific print features, excerpts, review coverage, broadcast and television interviews
  • Subject-specific print features, excerpts and review coverage
  • Blogger outreach, online ads and social media campaigns
  • Publicity and promotion in conjunction with author's speaking engagements
  • Outreach to subject-specific organizations, markets and festivals
  • Outreach to travel and tourism organizations
  • Festival appearances
  • Electronic blads
  • Excerpts available

  Marketing + Promo Deliverables

  • Electronic blad / sampler
  • Online banner
  • Press release
  • Bookmark
  • Print ARC
  • Postcard
  • Poster

  BISAC Codes:

  • ART015040   ART / Canadian
  • ART016030   ART / Individual Artists / Monographs
  • TRA006020    TRANSPORTATION / Ships & Shipbuilding / Pictorial
  • ET034 CULTURAL HERITAGE / Canadian

  BISAC Regional Themes

  • 4.0.2.0.2.0.0 British Columbia
  • 4.0.2.0.2.1.0 Vancouver
  • 4.0.2.0.2.2.0 Vancouver Island

  THEMA Codes

  • AFC Fine arts: Painting and paintings
  • AFF Fine arts: Drawing and drawings
  • AGB Fine arts: Individual artists, art monographs
  • WGGB Boats
  • WGGD Ships: Liners & other ocean-going vessels
  • 1KBC-CA-BF British Columbia: South Coast
  • 1KBC-CA-BP British Columbia: Central Coast
  • 1KBC-CA-BL British Columbia: Vancouver Island




For more information contact
[email protected]

"Amos . . . brings a lightness of touch to the selection, pairing fully-fledged paintings next to preparatory sketches and watercolour studies. The effect is both humble and fascinating, offering a look into the creative decision-making of the artist." —The Tyee

"A colourful, outstanding introduction to E. J. Hughes’ paintings. A great Christmas gift." —Marianne Scott, Pacific Yachting

"Comprehensive . . . E. J. Hughes has slowly reached a prominent status in Canadian art, and it is a well-deserved and hard-earned reputation. A growing number of books on Hughes attest to the public's interest in his work. The E. J. Hughes Book of Boats is a valuable and attractive addition to this library." —Gary Sim

"It's just lovely . . . [the cost] is unheard of for a nice collection of art. And who doesn't want to curl up . . . by a fire and flip through a nice art book and be reminded of the nice place we all get to live?" —Adam Craik, Russell Books

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Also Available

E. J. Hughes Paints British Columbia Robert Amos 9781771513104 $35.00 CAD Nov 05, 2019
EJ Hughes Paints Vancouver Island Robert Amos 9781771512558 $35.00 CAD May 15, 2018
Harold Mortimer-Lamb Robert Amos 9781771510189 $24.95 CAD Oct 01, 2013

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