Longlist announced for Canada's largest award for non-fiction



    VANCOUVER, Nov. 13 /CNW/ - The jury for Canada's largest literary
non-fiction prize, the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, has
released its longlist for 2009. One hundred and sixty-three titles were
nominated for the $40,000 prize by publishers from across the country. The
jury panel has selected the following longlist of 15 books.

    
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    LONGLIST FOR THE FIFTH ANNUAL BC NATIONAL AWARD FOR CANADIAN NON-FICTION
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    Title                          Author               Publisher
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    A Fair Country: Telling        John Ralston Saul    Viking Canada
     Truths about Canada
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    An Imperfect Offering:         James Orbinski,      Doubleday Canada
     Humanitarian Action in         M.D.
     the Twenty-first Century
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    Bittersweet: Confessions       Philip Lee           Goose Lane Editions
     of a Twice-Married Man
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    Burning Down the House:        Russell Wangersky    Thomas Allen
     Fighting Fires and Losing                           Publishers
     Myself
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    Concrete Reveries:             Mark Kingwell        Viking Canada
     Consciousness and the City
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    Dangerous World: Natural       Marq de Villiers     Viking Canada
     Disasters, Manmade
     Catastrophes, and the
     Future of Human Survival
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    Lucy Maud Montgomery:          Mary Henley Rubio    Doubleday Canada
     The Gift of Wings
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    Marie-Anne: The                Maggie Siggins       McClelland & Stewart
     Extraordinary Life of                               Ltd.
     Louis Riel's Grandmother
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    Pathologies: A Life in         Susan Olding         Freehand Books
     Essays
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    Race to the Polar Sea:         Ken McGoogan         HarperCollins
     The Heroic Adventures and                           Publishers Ltd.
     Romantic Obsessions of
     Elisha Kent Kane
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    The Alchemy of Loss: A Young   Abigail Carter       McClelland & Stewart
     Widow's Transformation                              Ltd.
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    The Secret Lives of Saints:    Daphne Bramham       Random House Canada
     Child Brides and Lost Boys
     in Canada's Polygamous
     Mormon Sect
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    The Sexual Paradox: Extreme    Susan Pinker         Random House Canada
     Men, Gifted Women and the
     Real Gender Gap
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    The Soviet Ambassador: The     Christopher Shulgan  McClelland & Stewart
     Making of the Radical                               Ltd.
     Behind Perestroika
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    What is America? A Short       Ronald Wright        Alfred A. Knopf
     History of the New                                  Canada
     World Order
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    Jury Chair John Cruickshank notes: "The diversity and quality of the BC
National Award longlist reflects the high calibre and range of non-fiction
being published in Canada today. The jury continues the challenge of selecting
the shortlist from these outstanding titles."
    The finalists for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction will be
announced in early December. The award presentation will take place in
February 2, 2009 in Vancouver.
    The jury for the 2009 British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction
comprises:

    
    -   Stevie Cameron, award-winning author, journalist, and commentator.
        Known as one of Canada's foremost investigative journalists, Ms.
        Cameron has contributed to national media including Maclean's, The
        Globe and Mail, and The Financial Post. Her latest book is The
        Pickton File, based on the Robert Pickton murder trial in BC.

    -   John Cruickshank, publisher of CBC News. Mr. Cruickshank is a former
        managing editor of The Globe and Mail and former editor-in-chief of
        The Vancouver Sun. Under his leadership the Sun won a record number
        of National Newspaper Awards. Prior to joining the CBC, Mr.
        Cruickshank was publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times and chief
        operating officer of the Sun-Times Media Group.

    -   Andreas Schroeder, author, TV and radio host, and academic. Mr.
        Shroeder has written some 20 books, published in most of Canada's
        major newspapers, been a TV and radio host, and served as a long-time
        contributor to CBC radio's Basic Black Show. He holds the Rogers
        Communications Chair in Creative Nonfiction at UBC. His latest book
        is the autobiographical novel Renovating Heaven.

    Previous winners for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction
include:

    -   Lorna Goodison for From Harvey River (2008)
    -   Noah Richler for This Is My Country, What's Yours? (2007)
    -   Rebecca Godfrey for Under the Bridge (2006)
    -   Patrick Lane for There Is a Season (2005)
    

    The BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction is presented by the
British Columbia Achievement Foundation, an independent foundation established
and endowed by the Province of British Columbia to celebrate excellence in the
arts, humanities, enterprise and community service.
    For more information on the British Columbia Award for Canadian
Non-Fiction and on submission guidelines, please visit www.bcachievement.com.





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For further information: Nora Newlands, British Columbia Achievement
Foundation, (604) 261-3348, www.bcachievement.com

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