Toronto writer Andrew Westoll has been named winner of the 2012 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction for his book The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A Canadian Story of Resilience and Recovery.
A pretty impressive feat, since there were 345 books submitted, by 35 publishers world-wide.
His book is the story of his 10-week stay in a rehabilitation centre in rural Quebec among 13 physically and psychologically abused chimpanzees — the victims of medical and cosmetic industry testing, science and space program experiments, as well as discarded pets and circus animals.
For the heavyweight review:
“Andrew Westoll is a born story teller: The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary, written with empathy and skill, tenderness and humour, involves us in a world few understand. And leaves us marvelling at the ways in which chimpanzees are so like us, deserve our help and are entitled to our respect.” – Dr. Jane Goodall
For an in depth interview with the author before the awarding of the prize, see the following article: