J. B. MacKinnon

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James Bernard MacKinnon, commonly cited as J.B. MacKinnon, is a Canadian independent journalist, contributing editor and book author. MacKinnon is best known for co-authoring with Alisa Smith the bestselling book The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating, encouraging readers to focus on local eating as a way to address current environmental and economic issues.[1] MacKinnon and Smith also collaborated in the creation of the Food Network Canada television series The 100 Mile Challenge, based on the book. He has won six National Magazine Awards,[2] and the 2006 Charles Taylor Prize for best work of Literary Non-Fiction.[3]

As a contributing editor to Canadian magazines Adbusters, Explore, and Vancouver, and independent journalist, MacKinnon's writings span a wide range of literary genres and topics, including travel, sports, and politics.[4] MacKinnon's first book, Dead Man in Paradise, combines family history and unsolved mystery in the retelling of the murder of MacKinnon's uncle, a Canadian priest, in 1965 in the Dominican Republic. It won the Charles Taylor Prize.[5] In 2008, MacKinnon co-authored I Live Here with Mia Kirshner, Michael Simons, and Paul Shoebridge, a collection of stories about victims of crisis throughout the globe.[6] In 2011, he wrote the script for the interactive web documentary Bear 71, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.[7][8] MacKinnon currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.[1]


  1. ^ a b The 100-Mile Diet
  2. ^ "National Magazine Awards Past Winners Archive" Retrieved Sept 9, 2013.
  3. ^ Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival
  4. ^ Weir 2006
  5. ^ Buium 2005
  6. ^ Random House 2008
  7. ^ Monk, Katherine. "Sundance: Interactive film, Bear 71, blurs lines between wild and wired". canada.com. Postmedia News. Archived from the original on 26 January 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  8. ^ Makarechi, Kia (24 January 2012). "'Bear 71': Interactive Film At Sundance Tells Dark Side Of Human Interaction With Wildlife". Huffington Post. Retrieved 25 January 2012.

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