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Charlotte Gill’s Eating Dirt wins the 2012 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction

February 16th, 2012

Greystone Books is delighted to announce that Charlotte Gill’s Eating Dirt has won the 2012 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.

Charlotte Gill was presented with the $40,000 prize at a ceremony in Vancouver which also celebrated finalists Brian Fawcett for Human Happiness, Andrew Westoll for The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A Canadian Story of Resilience and Recovery and Joel Yanofsky for Bad Animals: A Father’s Accidental Education in Autism.

“It’s a privilege for British Columbia to honour Canada’s finest writers of non-fiction,” said Premier Christy Clark. “The authors we celebrated today provide us with a unique perspective on the complexities of our world and help define us as Canadians. I congratulate Charlotte Gill and the finalists for their contributions to Canadian literature.”

The jury cited Eating Dirt as “…an insider’s perspective on the gruelling, remote and largely ignored world of that uniquely modern-day ‘tribe’, the tree planter.” Gill’s description of the forest “brings it vividly to life in all its mystic grandeur with striking details and evocative analogies, using intelligence, verve and humour to illuminate the dangers that live within, and threaten from without.”

The 2012 jury panel members for the BC National Award were panel chair, Paul Whitney, former city librarian at Vancouver Public Library and presently a consultant for publishing and public policy; Patricia Graham, former editor-in-chief of The Vancouver Sun and current vice president of digital for Pacific Newspaper Group; and award-winning author and editor Shari Graydon from Ottawa.