The Cougar shortlisted for two awards!

I’m so ex­cited! And none of it would have happened without all the hard work, en­ergy and or­gan­iz­a­tion of the staff at Douglas & McIntyre. The D&M/Harbour pub­lish­ing team are ab­so­lutely the best!

Here’s the press re­lease my pub­li­cist, Heather Lohnes, sent out March 13: 

Paula Wild’s The Cougar Receives Two Award Nominations in Two Days

     Author Paula Wild’s BC best­selling book The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous (Douglas & McIntyre; $34.95) has been nom­in­ated for two awards in as many days. Just yes­ter­day, the BC Book Prizes an­nounced that The Cougar is a fi­nal­ist for their 2014 Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award. And today, Foreword Reviews has an­nounced it as a fi­nal­ist for their 2013 Book of the Year Awards, in the cat­egory of Nonfiction – Nature.

The Cougar blends nat­ur­al his­tory, sci­entif­ic re­search, First Nations stor­ies and first-per­son ac­counts to ex­plore our evolving re­la­tion­ship with the power­ful and in­triguing pred­at­or called cou­gar, puma, moun­tain lion, and ap­prox­im­ately forty oth­er names. It also in­cludes amaz­ing pho­to­graphs and up-to-date in­form­a­tion on cou­gar aware­ness and de­fense tac­tics for those liv­ing, work­ing or trav­el­ling in cou­gar coun­try. Throughout, au­thor Paula Wild delves into what makes this an­im­al that both fas­cin­ates and fright­ens us so beau­ti­ful, so dan­ger­ous, and why cou­gars re­main an im­port­ant and valu­able part of our environment.

Paula Wild is the au­thor of sev­er­al oth­er books, in­clud­ing One River, Two Cultures, The Comox Valley and Sointula: Island Utopia, win­ner of a B.C. Historical Federation Certificate of Merit. She has also writ­ten for nu­mer­ous peri­od­ic­als, in­clud­ing Beautiful British Columbia, Reader’s Digest and Canada’s History Magazine. She lives in Courtenay, BC.

The BC Book Prizes’ Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award, sup­por­ted by the BC Booksellers’ Association, is presen­ted to the pub­lish­er and the au­thor of the book that is most suc­cess­ful in terms of pub­lic ap­peal, ini­ti­at­ive, design, pro­duc­tion and con­tent. The win­ner will be an­nounced at the 30th Annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala in Vancouver on May 3, 2014. For more in­form­a­tion on this award, vis­it www​.bcbook​prizes​.ca.

The Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Awards cel­eb­rate new in­die books from au­thors and pub­lish­ers whose work stands out from the crowd, with awards in over sixty cat­egor­ies. The win­ners of the 16th Annual Book of the Year Awards will be cel­eb­rated at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas on June 27, 2014. For more in­form­a­tion on this award, vis­it www​.botya​.fore​wordre​views​.com.

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