Kate Bird is the author of City on Edge: A Rebellious Century of Vancouver Protests, Riots, and Strikes and Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos From a Decade That Changed the City, which was nominated for the 2016 British Columbia Historical Writing Award. Both books were published by Greystone Books.
Kate is a professional librarian with a Masters of Library & Information Science from the University of Western Ontario, a B.A. in Art History from the University of British Columbia, and a diploma in photography from Emily Carr College of Art. She worked as a news research librarian at The Vancouver Sun and The Province for twenty-five years, where she did research for reporters and helped manage a large photograph collection and digital image archive.
A graduate of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University and the Vancouver Manuscript Intensive, Kate has been published in magazines, anthologies and newspapers, including The Walrus, Emerge, Hurricane in the Basement, The Vancouver Sun, The Province and Wired West. Kate is currently completing a memoir called The Riverman’s Daughter.
Kate has been the researcher for numerous books, including Making Headlines: 100 Years at The Vancouver Sun by Shelley Fralic, which won the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award at the 2013 BC Book Prizes, Stephen Hume’s Lilies and Fireweed: Frontier Women of British Columbia, Wildfire: British Columbia Burns, and The Way We Were: B.C.’s Amazing Journey to the Millennium. She was the researcher for numerous Vancouver Sun and Province series’, including Stephen Hume’s three-year series on explorer Simon Fraser. In 2002, Kate was included in a Vancouver Sun nomination for the National Newspaper Awards. Kate was the photo researcher for Shelley Fralic’s 2017 book The Age of Walter Gage: How One Canadian Shaped The Lives Of Thousands.
She lives with her family in Vancouver, B.C.