Independent journalist and author whose works include The 100-Mile Diet, a bestseller that helped catalyze the local foods movement.
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J.B. MacKinnon is the author or coauthor of four books of nonfiction. His latest, The Once and Future World, is a national bestseller in Canada and won the U.S. Green Prize for Sustainable Literature. Previous works are The 100-Mile Diet (with Alisa Smith), a bestseller widely recognized as a catalyst of the local foods movement; I Live Here (with Mia Kirshner and artists Michael Simons and Paul Shoebridge), a ‘paper documentary’ about displaced people; and Dead Man in Paradise, the story of a priest assassinated in the Dominican Republic, which won Canada’s highest prize for literary nonfiction.
As a freelance journalist, MacKinnon is currently a contributor to
The New Yorker on consumer issues and ecology. His work also appears in publications ranging from National Geographic and Reader’s Digest to vanguard outlets such as Adbusters and Nautilus. He has won more than a dozen national and international writing awards in categories as varied as essays, science writing, and travelogue. MacKinnon is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and regularly gives public lectures and writing workshops.
MacKinnon also works in the field of interactive documentaries. He was the writer for Bear 71, which explores the intersection of the wired and wild worlds through the true story of a mother grizzly bear. Bear 71 premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was named Site of the Year at the international Favourite Website Awards, among other honours. He was also text editor for Welcome to Pine Point, which won two Webby Awards, and wrote Wild Canada, an interactive book app about the Canadian wilderness, for the CBC.
MacKinnon is also a rock climber, mountain biker, snowboarder, and birdwatcher. He lives with his partner Alisa Smith in Vancouver, Canada.