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Banff Awards 2009 Book Prizes

2009 Banff Mountain Book Festival award winners.

The 2009 Banff Mountain Book Festival jury has chosen eight outstanding books to receive awards this year.

The prizes will be announced officially tomorrow evening, November 5, in the Eric Harvie Theatre at The Banff Centre.

Jerry Moffatt’s Revelations won Grand Prize; Steve House’s Beyond the Mountain won Best Book, Mountain Literature; Borge Ousland’s The Great Polar Journey: In the Footsteps of Nansen won Best Book, Adventure Travel; Matevz Lenarcic’s The Alps: A Bird’s Eye View won Best Book, Mountain Image; Sarah Garlick’s Flakes, Jugs and Splitters won Best Book, Mountain Exposition; David Roberts’ The Last of His Kind: The Life and Adventures of Bradford Washburn, America’s Boldest Mountaineer won Best Book, Mountaineering History; Royal Robbins’ memoir To Be Brave: My Life, Volume One won Special Jury Mention; and Bruce Hunter’s In the Bear’s House won the Canadian Rockies Award.

The jury–Stephen Goodwin (United Kingdom), Jon Popowich (Canada) and Susan E.B. Schwartz (United States)–selected the eight books from 101 submissions. Some winners will receive cash prizes, up to $2,000.

More information on the 16th annual Banff Mountain Book Festival and 34th annual Banff Mountain Film Festival are available at