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Vertebrate Publishing co-edition scoops award in the Banff Mountain Book Competition

Friday, 13th October 2017

Published by Vertebrate Publishing in the UK and Rocky Mountain Books in North America, Art of Freedom – the biography of Polish mountaineer Voytek Kurtyka – has won a major award in the 2017 Banff Mountain Book Competition.

Art of Freedom was announced the winner of the Jon Whyte Award for Mountain Literature (non-fiction) and is now eligible for the C$4,000 Grand Prize, which will be announced on Thursday 2 November at The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. 

Commenting on her award win, author Bernadette McDonald said: ‘I'm very honoured with this mountain literature award, which is in the name of the late Jon Whyte, a poet and Banff  ‘character’ whom I admired. I knew Jon well, and would have loved to sit down with him and with Voytek, enjoy a glass of wine, and chat about this book.  I think they would have enjoyed each other's company’.

With a prize fund of C$16,000 presented annually, the internationally recognised competition offers one of the most prestigious awards in the outdoor-adventure genre. Other category winners include Rising Abruptly: Stories by Gisèle Villeneuve in the Mountain Fiction and Poetry category and Threshold Shift by Nick Bullock in the Mountaineering Article category.

In 2016, Vertebrate collected awards in the Mountain and Wilderness Literature category with Simon McCartney’s The Bond and in the Guidebooks category with Andy Kirkpatrick’s 1001 Climbing Tips. Vertebrate has won the Grand Prize on two occasions: with Revelations by Jerry Moffatt in 2009, and again in 2014 with One Day as a Tiger by John Porter. 

Art of Freedom is also shortlisted for the 2017 Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature, the winner of which will be announced at the Kendal Mountain Festival on Friday 17 November.

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