Friday, November 17, 2023

Prize Watch: The Baillie-Gifford to John Vaillant for Fire Weather

John Vaillant's having a good year, at least internationally. His internationally bestselling book Fire Weather: The Making of a Beast, about the Fort McMurray fire of 2016 and what it says about our climate future, was a finalist for the American National Book Award in Nonfiction.

Now it has been named the winner of the British Baillie-Gifford Prize for Nonfiction.  (Vaillant is Canadian-American; the B-G prize is international).  In Britain Fire Weather is subtitled "A True Story from a Hotter World"  which may be a better one than PenguinRandom gave it in North America.

Vaillant is a previous winner of the Governor-General's Literary Award in Nonfiction for The Golden Spruce but Fire Weather was not nominated for the GGs. It is up for the Writers' Trust of Canada Hilary Weston Prize for Nonfiction, to be awarded next week.

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