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A Mountain Year Nominated for ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award


Thursday, March 13, 2009

Harbour Publishing is pleased to announce that A Mountain Year: Nature Diary of a Wilderness Dweller by Chris Czajkowski has been nominated for ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year award in the nature category.

In 1988, Chris Czajkowski walked into British Columbia's Central Coast Mountains to build a homestead, a business, and a life. A Mountain Year is a beautifully produced art book full of original paintings, sketches and diary entries, offering an awe-inspiring glimpse into the life of this independent spirit and the landscape that she calls home. Czajkowski intimately describes the splendour of seasonal transformation with her trademark expressiveness, as each day brings new obstacles and surprising revelations.  

Chris Czajkowski was born and raised in the north of England. She lived and worked in Uganda, New Zealand, the South Pacific and South America before settling in the remote reaches of British Columbia's Coast Range mountains, 480 kilometres north of Vancouver, where she operates the Nuk Tessli Alpine Experience. Her wilderness and cabin-building experiences have been documented in several bestselling books, including Cabin at Singing River, Snowshoes and Spotted Dick: Letters from a Wilderness Dweller, Diary of a Wilderness Dweller, and most recently, Wildfire in the Wilderness.

Forword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award honours books that offer practical knowledge. The awards were established to bring increased attention to the literary achievements of independent publishers and their authors. Winners will be announced at Book Expo America. Other books shortlisted in the Nature category are: Alpine Americas, by Olaf Soot and Don Mellor (Horizon Editions, LLC.); American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau, edited by Bill McKibben, (The Library of America); Anza-Borrego, by Ernie Cowan, (Sunbelt Publications); Bees: Nature’s Little Wonders, by Candace Savage (Greystone Books); Chasing Wings, by Richard Modlin (Hartside Publishing); Humans, Nature, and Birds, by Darryl Wheye (Yale University Press); Minnesota, by Jim Jamieson (ImageStream Press); Solitude by Robert Kull (New World Library); Welcome Home to Yourself by Suzanne Kyra (Relationships Matter Publishing); Wildlands Philanthropy, by Tom Butler (Earth Aware Editions).