John Vaillant Wins

john vaillantBritish Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction - in 2011 Canada's largest non-fiction prize - was awarded in Vancouver to John Vaillant for his book, The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival.

Vaillant of Vancouver was presented with the $40,000 prize at a ceremony that also celebrated the other three finalists for this year's award:

  • Stevie Cameron of Toronto for On the Farm: Robert William Pickton and the Tragic Story of Vancouver's Missing Women.
  • James FitzGerald of Toronto for What Disturbs Our Blood: A Son's Quest to Redeem the Past.
  • Charles Foran of Peterborough for Mordecai: The Life & Times.

“I congratulate John Vaillant and all of the finalists for their accomplishments in these nationally-recognized books,” said Premier Gordon Campbell. “They reflect the breadth and substance of non-fiction writing by Canadian authors today.”

BC Award for Non Fiction
2011 recipient John Vaillant with Premier Gordon Campbell (r) and BC Achievement Foundation Chair, Keith Mitchell (l).

“This year's independent jury panel were asked to consider more than 150 nominated books,” said foundation chair Keith Mitchell. “It was no small task for the jury to select first a long list, then the finalists, and ultimately a single award winner from such an impressive field. We truly appreciate their thoughtful deliberations and judgement.”

juryThe 2011 jury for the B.C. Award consisted of author and columnist Philip Marchand; author and broadcaster Noah Richler; and Alma Lee, the founding executive director of The Writers' Union of Canada and founder of the Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival.

The jury cited The Tiger as “a chilling adventure…Vaillant's description of the locale and the people who live there brings them to life,” and as “a page-turner that in the end brings us to understand the tiger, probably the most intelligent super-predator in the world. Superbly written and highly enlightening, this is a gripping story about man in conflict with nature.”

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