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John Vaillant’s The Tiger takes $40,000 non-fiction prize

John Vaillant’s harrowing true-life tale of a series of tiger attacks in eastern Siberia has won the country’s richest non-fiction prize. Vaillant was awarded the $40,000 B.C. National Award for Non-fiction this afternoon in Vancouver.

Vaillant’s The Tiger was up against James FitzGerald’s What Disturbs Our Blood (Random House Canada), Stevie Cameron’s On the Farm (Knopf Canada), and Charles Foran’s Mordecai (Knopf Canada). The latter two titles are also nominated for the $25,000 Charles Taylor Prize for Non-fiction, which is being handed out in Toronto on Feb. 14.

The jurors for this year’s B.C. National Award were critic 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.