Charles Taylor 2012 Prize won by ‘The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary’

March 7th, 2012 - 12:04 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

London, Mar 6 (THAINDIAN NEWS) This year’s Charles Taylor Prize winner has been announced. The non-fiction book The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary which was written by Andrew Westoll won the top prize and received the award money of $25,000.

Westoll, who is a former primatologist, revealed that he spent months with the chimps at the fauna sanctuary in Montreal. His time with the animals caused him to develop a close bond with the creatures which eventually resulted in the success of the book.

Announcing the winner, the judges - Stevie Cameron, Susan Renouf and Allan Brandt – ruled that “Westoll deftly draws the reader into the wild day-to-day ride of life with the Fauna chimps and soon their ‘otherness’ falls away. Through his lens, the chimps are revealed as the individuals they are, with all their foibles, damage and possibility — and the reader’s world view shifts on its axis. Heart-rending and heart-warming, this is a stunning and important work of art and documentary and science.”

The Charles Taylor Prize is awarded to best Canadian non-fictional works.

Westoll is excited about the honor. He revealed his delight in bringing some awareness to the animals. He told reporters that he will like to do more and bring further awareness to chimps and the sanctuary.

Part of the proceeds from the sale of the book is set aside for the sanctuary as well.

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