WINNIPEG, Nov. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Next year marks the one hundredth
anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, which claimed
67,000 Canadians and wounded another 173,000. The event shocked and
shaped our burgeoning country and no person or community was left
Over the past decade, acclaimed historian and author Tim Cook has
championed the cause of making military history more accessible, vivid
and factual. His best-selling books capture the reader's attention and
heart, as he details the struggles and accomplishments of ordinary
Canadians in the face of wartime realities.
For this invaluable perspective about Canadians who have significantly
contributed to the shaping of our history, Canada's History Society is
awarding this year's Governor General's History Award for Popular
Media: The Pierre Berton Award to Tim Cook from Ottawa.
As the First World War Historian at the Canadian War Museum, Tim Cook
has been project leader in curating six museum exhibitions since the
opening in 2005 including the permanent Gallery for the First World War
and companion World War I Internet exhibition. He is also the prolific
author of six military books and past recipient of the Charles Taylor
Prize for non-fiction, the John Dafoe Prize and the Ottawa Book Award.
His latest book, Warlords: Borden, Mackenzie King, and Canada's World Wars, was shortlisted for the 2013 Charles A. Taylor Award for Literary
"All too often we tend to reflect on Canada's military history in terms
of nations, armies, battles, and geography," observed Deborah Morrison,
President & CEO of Canada's History Society. "Tim Cook has changed
that, reminding us that what happened is not a single story - but the
collected stories of the nearly half a million Canadians who served in
that war. His tireless efforts and exceptional writing will ensure we
will remember…each and every one of them."
Cook will receive his prestigious award from His Excellency the Right
Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada on Tuesday,
November 19th in Ottawa at 10:30 a.m. at Rideau Hall. Media are invited to attend the ceremony and should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm attendance.
Announcements continue throughout the coming week and profiles, photos,
and video interviews of all the recipients will be available at: http://www.canadashistory.ca/Awards
The Governor General's History Awards brings together historians,
students, teachers, museums and community organizations, writers and
media producers to celebrate as well as learn from each other. The day
prior to the award ceremonies, recipients will participate in a public
history forum at the Canadian War Museum. This year's forum, "Is
Technology Altering Our History?" is open to the public to attend
onsite or online by registering at www.CanadasHistory.ca/HistoryForum.
About Canada's History Society
Canada's History Society is a Winnipeg-based charitable organization
devoted to popularizing Canadian history. In addition to publishing Canada's History (formerly The Beaver) magazine, and Kayak: Canada's History Magazine for Kids, the Society also produces the Governor General's History Awards to celebrate excellence in the field and encourage more discovery,
celebrations and understanding about our rich history and culture.
More details can be found at CanadasHistory.ca.
SOURCE: Canada's History
For further information:
For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Maverick Media Solutions
Mobile: (204) 470-4555
Canada's History Society
Office: (204) 988-9300 ext. 222