HOWES, John F.




Author Tags: Japanese

As Professor Emeritus of Asian Studies at UBC, Howes was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun by the Government of Japan in 2004. His study of the founder of a Japanese form of Christianity known as "mukyokia", Uchimura Kanzo (1861-1930), is Japan's Modern Prophet (UBC Press, 2005, $85). It received the Canada-Japan Literary Award in 2006. 0-7748-1145-5

[BCBW 2006] "Japanese"

Canada-Japan Literary Award
Press Release (2006)



Canada-Japan Literary Awards go to John F. Howes and Denis Thériault

Ottawa, December 5, 2006 – The Canada Council for the Arts announced today the names of the winners of the 2006 Canada-Japan Literary Awards. The English-language winning work is Japan’s modern prophet: Uchimura Kanzô, 1861-1930, a biography by John F. Howes, of Vancouver. The French-language winning work is Le facteur émotif, a novel by Denis Thériault, of Montreal.

The Canada-Japan Literary Awards recognize literary excellence by Canadian authors writing on Japan, Japanese themes or themes that promote mutual understanding between Japan and Canada. The funds for these awards come from the investment return on that portion of the Japan-Canada Fund set aside as an endowment in perpetuity for a literary award. The amount of $20,000 was available for this year’s award. John F. Howes and Denis Thériault will each receive a cheque for $10,000. Representatives of the Embassy of Japan in Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts will present the winners with their awards at a ceremony and reception to be held at the Embassy of Japan in early 2007.