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Westoll’s book makes Top 40 in Canada Reads competition


UTSC staff member Andrew Westoll’s book The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary has been selected as one of the Top 40 in CBC’s Canada Reads: True Stories competition.

The 40 books were chosen from among non-fiction titles nominated by thousands of Canadians. The Top  40 selection places Westoll beside luminaries such as Pierre Berton, Carol Shields and Farley Mowat. The list of books will be whittled down to 10 titles through an online vote. Eventually five titles will be chosen for discussion on CBC Radio One.

Westoll is a writer in the UTSC communications department. He’s a primatologist by training, the author of a previous book, The Riverbones, and a Gold National Magazine Award winner.

The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary details Westoll’s time at an animal sanctuary near Montreal, where he helped care for, and eventually befriended, chimps who had spent decades as medical research subjects. The Walrus magazine called the book “generous and deeply affecting.”

In the current issue of UTSC Commons, UTSC Vice-Principal, Research Malcolm Campbell talked to Westoll about his book and his experiences.

To vote for the Top 10 go to Canada Reads by midnight Sunday, Oct. 30.               

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