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B.C. non-fiction award shortlist revealed

Charlotte Gill, author and planter of trees

Four books have been short-listed for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, including memoirs about tree planting and families, and a portrait of a Quebec sanctuary for chimpanzees.

Prince George native Brian Fawcett is on the shortlist for his memoir Human Happiness, about his parents' dysfunctional marriage.

Sunshine Coast-based author Charlotte Gill is short-listed for her memoir Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe, about her many years planting trees in Canada.

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Primatologist and Toronto-based journalist Andrew Westoll's The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A Canadian Story of Resilience and Recovery tells the story of the rescue of chimpanzees from a U.S. biomedical research lab, and the Quebec sanctuary where they found refuge.

And Joel Yanofsky's Bad Animals: A Father's Accidental Education in Autism is a memoir of the Montreal author's struggles to deal with his son's autism.

The books were selected from a field of 134 nominated books. The winner of the $40,000 prize will be announced in February in Vancouver.

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Marsha Lederman is the Western Arts Correspondent for The Globe and Mail, based in Vancouver. She covers the film and television industry, visual art, literature, music, theatre, dance, cultural policy, and other related areas. More

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