- - Canadian History Having a Banner Year Across All Media Platforms - -
WINNIPEG, June 23, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada's National History Society today
released the shortlist for the 2012 Pierre Berton Award now formally a
part of the Vice-Regal honours for Canadian History.
Since its inception in 1993, the Award has grown to become Canada's top
honour for writers and producers of Canadian history in popular media.
Past recipients have included Pierre Berton, Peter C. Newman, Charlotte
Gray, Jacques Lacoursiere, Jack Granatstein, Will Ferguson, Paul Gross,
Des Morton, CBC's Canada: A People's History; The CRB Foundation's
Heritage Minutes, and Historia TV's "J'ai La Memoire Qui Tourne."
"Each year there seems to be more and better books, television, film,
and new media programming on Canadian history, which was of course, why
the Award was established in the first place," noted Richard Pound,
Chair of the board of directors of Canada's History Society. "This
year's finalists best demonstrate how far we have come in the last two
decades, in our mission to make Canadian stories more available and
accessible to a wider audience."
This year's short list includes:
Richard Gwyn is one of Canada's most respected political journalists. A Toronto star columnist since 1973 and frequent commentator on radio
and television, he has also published seven best-selling books about
Canadian political history including his most recent two-volume series
about Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister.
Legion Magazine (Canvet Publications) began publishing in 1926 to serve the interests
of the members of the Royal Canadian Legion. Over the past two decades
the magazine has evolved into an engaging and attractive popular
magazine that focuses on all aspects of Canada's military past. Today
its readership includes not only the 300,000 veterans who receive the
magazine but also includes a growing book and online audience that is
estimated at over 1 million.
Bernard Zuckerman, the seven time Gemini-award winning television producer, has created
some of Canada's most memorable historical drama and documentary
productions including feature length movies about Dieppe, the Dionne
Quintuplets, and most recently The Man Who Made Us: Sir John A. Macdonald movie appearing on CBC in 2011.
Dictionary of Canadian Biography Canada's most authoritative and fully bilingual historical reference was
founded in 1959 as a joint initiative of the University of Toronto and
University Laval. The Dictionary features over 8,000 biographies of
men and women, French, English, Aboriginal, and newcomers who have in
some way shaped the country. The project publishes its biographies in
order of the date of death and is currently researching persons who
died in the 1930's to complete Volume XV. The DCB has made its
research freely available online, where they currently receive more
than 1 million unique visitors each year.
Le Quebec, une histoire de famille is a series of 52 short stories (2-3 minutes in length) about the
origins of many of the best known family names in Quebec that are
widely broadcast on television (TVA), online, and multiple new media
platforms. Narrated by celebrated media personalities the series has
gained widespread recognition throughout Quebec and is also the subject
for a series of educational resources designed for students ages 10-15.
The Governor General's History Award for Popular Media - The Pierre
Berton Award will be presented at Rideau Hall by His Excellency, the
Governor General of Canada in December. In addition to a medal, and an
all-expenses-paid trip to the celebration events in Ottawa, the winner
will receive a $5,000 cash prize from Canada's History Society.
About Canada's History Society
Canada's History Society is a national charitable organization devoted
to popularizing Canadian history. In addition to administering the Governor General's History Awards, the Society publishes Canada's History (formerly The Beaver) magazine, and Kayak: Canada's History Magazine for Kids, and also produces a number of educational and online programs to
encourage more discovery, celebration, and understanding about our rich
history and culture. More details can be found at www.CanadasHistory.ca.
SOURCE Canada's National History Society
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