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Bernadette McDonald has won the 2012 American Alpine Club Literary Award

February 16th, 2012

RMB | Rocky Mountain Books is thrilled to announce that Bernadette McDonald has won the 2012 American Alpine Club Literary Award. The award will be presented at the ACC’s Annual Benefit Dinner in Boston on March 3, 2012, and “recognizes excellence in alpine literature”. Previous winners include Royal Robins, Mark Jenkins, John Krakauer, and several other prominent writers.

In winning this award, McDonald has scored a ‘literary hat-trick’ in mountain writing having recently won the £3,000 Boardman Tasker Prize (U.K.) as well as the Grand Prize at the Banff Mountain Book Festival (Canada). McDonald is the first writer to win all three awards and the first Canadian to win the Boardman Tasker.

McDonald’s most recent book, Freedom Climbers, weaves a passionate tale of international adventure, politics, suffering, death and inspiration. At a time when Polish citizens were locked behind the Iron Curtain, these intrepid explorers found a way to travel the world in search of extreme adventure. So far, rights for this highly regarded book have been sold to six countries including the United States, the UK, Poland, Germany and Spain.

Bernadette McDonald is the founding vice-president of Mountain Culture at the Banff Centre and the author of seven books on international mountaineering. She has also received the Alberta Order of Excellence, the Summit of Excellence Award from the Banff Centre, the King Albert Award and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal. Bernadette divides her time between Banff, Alberta and Naramata, BC.