CBC Literary Prizes

The Curve of Forgetting by Sheila Brooke

Sheila Brooke has made the 2018 CBC Nonfiction Prize longlist for The Curve of Forgetting.

2018 CBC Nonfiction Prize longlist

Sheila Brooke is currently working on a book of poetry. (Auralia Brooke)

Sheila Brooke has made the 2018 CBC Nonfiction Prize longlist for The Curve of Forgetting.

About Sheila

Sheila Brooke has spent almost two decades alternating summers working as a wildfire lookout observer in Canada's boreal forest, winters working as a relief lighthouse keeper for the Canadian Coast Guard and in-between times in a small off-grid Gulf Islands, B.C., cabin. She also spends treasured intervals travelling, crewing sailboats and visiting with her daughter's family on the East Coast. Brooke is currently working on a book of essays.

Entry in five-ish words

A story of discovery and solitude.

The story's source of inspiration

"Seventeen seasons immersed alone in the wilderness on a remote boreal fire tower, trying simultaneously to hang on to my humanity and give it up."

First lines

"Multitude, solitude: they really are the same.

"Early spring; just a few weeks before almost three billion birds start arriving from different parts of the world to start nest-building in Canada's great boreal forest. I am a blip on the migratory species curve. Human, fire lookout, seasonal. There are about 125 of us in Canada."

About the 2018 CBC Nonfiction Prize

The winner of the 2018 CBC Nonfiction Prize will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, have their story published on CBC Books and attend a writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their story published on CBC Books.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?

now