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Five books are on the Boardman-Tasker shortlist for 2020
Posted on: September 9, 2020
This image shows the five books that are on the shortlist for the 2020 Boardman-Tasker award. [Image] BoardmanTasker.com
Five books are on the shortlist for the Boardman-Tasker Award this year, and Alpinist Editor-in-Chief Katie Ives is concluding her two-year term limit as a judge.
The Boardman-Tasker website describes the following criteria:
Books with mountain, not necessarily mountaineering, theme whether fiction, non-fiction, drama or poetry, written in the English language (initially or in translation) will be eligible.... The Prize will be awarded for a work published or distributed in the United Kingdom for the first time between [August 1, 2019] and [July 15], 2020.
This year, Ives (Chair) and her fellow judges David Canning and Michael Kosterlitz saw 22 entries from Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand and the USA. Of those, the five titles that made the 2020 shortlist, as listed in the press release, are:
Jessica J. Lee
The award will be presented during the Digital Kendal Mountain Festival on November 21.
The website reads:
On 17 May 1982 Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker were last seen on Mount Everest attempting to traverse The Pinnacles on the unclimbed North East Ridge at around 8250 meters. Their deaths marked the end of their contribution to a remarkable era in British mountaineering....
The Boardman Tasker Award highlights afresh the memory of Pete and Joe, but it also seeks to do more than just that. The Award recognizes and rewards outstanding literature concerned with the mountain environment: books which will in turn challenge and inspire their readers, perhaps to climb or explore the world of mountains, perhaps to write or perhaps to look at the world in a different way. Perpetuating and refreshing the challenge and inspiration of mountains through literature is one way in which we seek to remember them.
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