Edmonton, AB – A Canadian mountain book is a blockbuster success this summer. Climber's Paradise: Making Canada's Mountain Parks, 1906-1974 was awarded the INDIEFAB Book of the Year Honourable Mention for Ecology and Environment for non fiction. The award recognizes PearlAnn Reichwein’s history of mountaineers and park conservation, published by University of Alberta Press.
INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards are adjudicated by a select international panel of librarians and independent book sellers. Award winners were announced in San Francisco on June 26 at the annual American Library Association conference. Representing hundreds of independent and university presses of all sizes, the winners were selected after months of editorial deliberation over more than 1,500 entries in 63 categories. The winners exemplify the best work coming from today’s indie authors and publishers.
Reichwein says, “It’s remarkable to represent Canada among winning titles for Ecology and Environment. I am delighted to be recognized by librarians and booksellers. Being an IndieFAB author is an honour as well as a reminder of the ability of books to reimagine our changing world.” An associate professor at University of Alberta, her scholarship has broad appeal, and is a research strength in U of A’s Canadian Mountain Studies Initiative.
Earlier in June the book was awarded the Canadian Historical Association’s prestigious Clio Prize (The Prairies) in Ottawa. It was a Finalist in the international Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival competition for Mountain and Wilderness Literature Non Fiction last fall. Winner of an American Association of University Presses book design award, it is currently showing with an AAUP book exhibit on tour across North America. News Release