King Kwong, by Paula Johanson, releases March 1, 2015

A revealing and fascinating biography about Larry Kwong,  King Kwong: the China Clipper who broke the NHL colour barrier, releases March 1, 2015, written by British Columbia author, Paula Johanson.

ISBN 9781927400753
6 x 9 Trade Paperback, 92 pages, $11.99
eISBN 9781927400760 $4.99

Who is Larry Kwong? He is the Canadian player who broke the colour barrier in the NHL. A man whose professional hockey career statistics include leading the senior leagues for scoring and for low penalty minutes – and a single shift on the ice in an NHL game. He was scouted three times by NHL teams before that game, and courted away from the NHL to a powerful role in three different leagues before retiring.

He is Larry Kwong, a Canadian of Chinese descent born in Vernon BC in 1923, a hard-working man and World War II serviceman who played hockey most of his life.

Paula Johanson explores the life and accomplishments of the China Clipper, Larry Kwong, whose story is one of an indomitable spirit who triumphs in the face of adversity and social discrimination.

Chad Soon, Director of the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives and Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame, says of the biography:

Author Paula Johanson brings justice to Kwong’s extraordinary life.  All the elements of classic fiction are here, and yet this is riveting history. We follow the ultimate long shot as he chases the ‘impossible’…and triggers a shift in his society.

 The striking cover is by Five Rivers’ Art Director, Jeff Minkevics.

King Kwong is now available for pre-order.