Monday, November 02, 2009

Books to Read: Banff Festival Winners

Jerry Moffatt's Revelations is the grand-prize winner at the annual Banff Book Festival. I had high hopes that Moffatt's memoir would be good, in part because it was cowritten with the very talented Niall Grimes, and now it would seem to be a must-read.

Steve House's excellent Beyond the Mountain (reviewed here, with a follow-up note here) took the prize for Mountain Literature. Sarah Garlick's climbing geology book Flakes, Jugs, and Splitters won for Mountain Exposition. And the book I'm perhaps most keen to see is The Alps: A Bird's Eye View, by Slovenian photographer Matevz Lenarcic, who captured his aerial images from an ultralight motorized glider. Other winners: The Great Polar Journey: In the Footsteps of Nansen, by Børge Ousland; The Last of His Kind: The Life and Adventures of Bradford Washburn, America's Boldest Mountaineer, by David Roberts; Royal Robbins: To be Brave—My Life, Volume One, by Royal Robbins; and In the Bear's House, by Bruce Hunter.

1 comment:

Susie Bennitt said...

Congratulations to all the amazing Banff Festival winners! We are the publishers of Royal Robbins' book, To Be Brave. This was the first Banff Festival we've attended. The Banff Centre staff did a fabulous job organizing a jam-packed and exciting program. Thank you for hosting Royal and Liz Robbins, along with so many other prize winners. It was a special treat to meet so many creative and talented people all gathered in one place. What a fun way to get to know more about the world of mountaineering! Posted by Susie Bennitt, Pink Moment Press, RoyalRobbinsTheBook.com.