2013 Program

Fauna by Alissa York

From Random House http://www.randomhouse.ca/books/196327/fauna-by-alissa-york

Fauna is a contemporary human fable that taps into the great tenderness and drama at the heart of the animal world. The wide ravine that bisects the city of Toronto is home to countless species of urban wildlife, including human waifs and strays. When Edal Jones can’t cope with the casual cruelty she encounters in her job as a federal wildlife officer, she finds herself drawn to a beacon of solace nestled in the valley under the unlikely banner of an auto-wrecker’s yard.

Alissa York’s fiction has won the Journey Prize and the Bronwen Wallace Award, and has been published in Canada, the U.S., France, Holland and Italy. Her novel, Effigy, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. York has lived all over Canada and now makes her home in Toronto with her husband, artist Clive Holden.

For more information on Alissa York, visit her website. http://alissayork.com/

Although author Alissa York could not be present for the announcement, she recorded a video message and read from a portion of the book.  Watch it on YouTube.

Get the book

The book is available for loan from public libraries, university and NSCC libraries located across the province. Click here to get a full list.

The book is available for purchase in many book stores across Nova Scotia. To find a book store near you, check this handy list compiled by Atlantic Books Today. You can also purchase the book online from Chapters.ca and Amazon.ca.  The book is available in French and English.

Fauna is also available in DAISY format (CD and MP3 download) through the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.