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