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Paula Wild’s 'The Cougar' Wins Gold at the IndieFab Awards

Paula Wild’s 'The Cougar' Wins Gold at the IndieFab Awards

July 2014

Author Paula Wild’s B.C.-bestselling book The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous (Douglas & McIntyre; $34.95) is the 2013 Gold Winner in the category of Noniction – Nature at the Foreword Reviews’ IndieFab Book of the Year Awards. The awards were announced at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas. The winners were selected after months of editorial deliberation by a select group of librarians and booksellers across the United States.

The Cougar blends natural history, scientific research, First Nations stories and first-person accounts to explore our evolving relationship with the powerful and intriguing predator called cougar, puma, mountain lion, and approximately forty other names. It also includes amazing photographs and up-to-date information on cougar awareness and defense tactics for those living, working or travelling in cougar country.

Throughout, author Paula Wild delves into what makes this animal that both fascinates and frightens us so beautiful, so dangerous, and why cougars remain an important and valuable part of our environment. The book was also shortlisted for the B.C. Book Prizes’ Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award earlier this year.

Paula Wild is the author of several other books, including One River, Two Cultures, The Comox Valley and Sointula: Island Utopia, winner of a B.C. Historical Federation Certificate of Merit. She has also written for numerous periodicals, including Beautiful British Columbia, Reader’s Digest and Canada’s History magazine. She lives in Courtenay, B.C.

Foreword Reviews’ IndieFab Book of the Year Awards celebrate new indie books from authors and publishers whose work stands out from the crowd. The 2013 Silver Winner in the category of Nonfiction-Nature was Nature’s Paradise: Costa Rica by Douglas Goodell and Marco T. Saborío (Nature Arts Press); the Bronze Winner was Conversations with Barry Lopez: Walking the Path of Imagination by William E. Tydeman (University of Oklahoma Press); and the Honourable Mentions went to Land of Enchantment: Wildflowers: A Guide to the Plants of New Mexico by Willa F. Finley and LaShara J. Nieland (Texas Tech University Press), and Wild: 75 Freshwater Tropical Fish of the World by Flick Ford (Greenwich Workshop). For more information on the awards, visit

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