The Tiger wins Canadian non-fiction award
1st February 2011
John Vaillant has won Canada's largest non-fiction prize for The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival.
Vancouver-based Vaillant was presented with the CAD 40,000 (GBP 25,110) British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction at a ceremony yesterday (January 31st).
The judging panel for the prize described The Tiger as a 'chilling adventure', commenting: 'Superbly written and highly enlightening, this is a gripping story about man in conflict with nature.'
'Vaillant's description of the locale and the people who live there brings them to life,' the judges added.
On the Farm: Robert William Pickton and the Tragic Story of Vancouver's Missing Women by Stevie Cameron, James FitzGerald's What Disturbs Our Blood: A Son's Quest to Redeem the Past and Mordecai: The Life & Times by Charles Foran were also shortlisted for the award.
Gordon Campbell, the premier of British Columbia, praised the shortlisted books and claimed they showcase the 'breadth and substance' of Canadian non-fiction authors.
Last year, the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction was won by Russell Wangersky for Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself.