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Canadian Spacewalkers shortlisted for 2014 Lane Anderson Award

Canadian Spacewalkers shortlisted for 2014 Lane Anderson Award

August 2015

Congratulations once again to Bob McDonald, whose book, Canadian Spacewalkers: Hadfield, MacLean and Williams Remember the Ultimate High Adventure (Douglas & McIntyre, $29.95), has been shortlisted for the 2014 Lane Anderson Award, which honours the best science writing in Canada. The winner receives a $10,000 prize. This is the second nomination for Canadian Spacewalkers this year, as the book was previously shortlisted for the Canadian Science Writers' Association's Science in Society General Book Award in April.

While all astronauts leave earth’s atmosphere in a spaceship, only some of them—spacewalkers—don pressure suits and step outside into the universe. In Canadian Spacewalkers, author Bob McDonald compiles the perspectives of the only three Canadian astronauts who have accomplished this feat: Chris Hadfield, Steve MacLean and Dave Williams. The astronauts tell tales of training underwater in the world’s largest swimming pool, recount how they learned to use power tools in zero gravity and describe the moment when they opened the hatch and stepped outside. McDonald, a science journalist and simulator-spacewalker, also shares his own experiences with astronaut training: the almost-reality of simulators, the sensory deprivation of the spacesuit, and even a zero-gravity airplane ride where he experiences the wonder and giddiness of floating weightless.

Bob McDonald has been the host of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks since 1992. He is a regular science commentator on CBC News Network and science correspondent for CBC TV’s The National. He has been honored with the 2001 Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada; the 2002 Sandford Fleming Medal from The Royal Canadian Institute; and the 2005 McNeil Medal for the Public Awareness of Science from the Royal Society of Canada.

Also shortlisted for the 2014 Lane Anderson Award is Planet Heart: How an Unhealthy Environment Leads to Heart Disease by Francois Reeves and Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts About How Much Water We Use to Make Everyday Products by Stephen Leahy.

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