Anne Innis Dagg and Caroline Fox each win $10K prize for excellence in science writing

Their books, 5 Giraffes and At Sea with the Marine Birds of the Raincoast, won the Lane Anderson Awards for Canadian science writing.
Anne Innis Dagg (left) and Caroline Fox are the winners of the Lane Anderson Awards. (Lane Anderson Awards)

Anne Innis Dagg, author of 5 Giraffes, and Caroline Fox, author of At Sea with the Marine Birds of the Raincoast, were declared the winners of the Lane Anderson Awards, which annually honour Canadian science writing for adults and children. Both writers will take home $10,000 for winning the prize.

Innis Dagg's children's book, 5 Giraffes, introduces young readers to five different giraffes — some born in captivity and some in the wild — and describes what they eat, how their bodies are unique and how they like to socialize. Innis Dagg, a University of Waterloo professor, says she'll be donating her prize to a conservation organization.

"I'm going to give the money to Save the Giraffes, run by three people I know personally. I'll send it off tomorrow," she said at the Toronto ceremony on Sept. 25, 2017.

Fox's book, which won the adult readers' category, explores her life as a conservation scientist documenting marine birds on Canada's Pacific Northwest Coast.

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