Barbara Amiel Black and Seamus O'Regan join prize jury
TORONTO, Sept. 25, 2012 /CNW/ - The Writers' Trust of Canada announced
today the five finalists for this year's Hilary Weston Writers' Trust
Prize for Nonfiction, the richest annual literary award for a book of
nonfiction published in Canada. The announcement took place at Loblaws® at Maple Leaf Gardens*, Toronto, Ontario.
In a unique twist designed to inspire discussion of the shortlisted
books, prize organizers announced the addition of two high-profile
Canadians - Maclean's contributing editor and columnist Barbara Amiel Black and CTV National
News correspondent Seamus O'Regan - to the already existent
three-member jury. All five jurors will deliberate to select the
eventual prizewinner, to be announced at a gala event in Toronto in
This year's finalists are:
Kamal Al-Solaylee for Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes (HarperCollins Publishers)
Modris Eksteins for Solar Dance: Genius, Forgery, and the Crisis of Truth in the Modern Age (Knopf Canada)
Taras Grescoe for Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile (HarperCollins Publishers)
JJ Lee for The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit (McClelland & Stewart)
Candace Savage for Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape (Greystone Books/David Suzuki Foundation)
Each finalist will receive $5,000, with the eventual prizewinner
receiving a total of $60,000.
Finalists were selected and announced by a three-member jury composed of
James Bartleman, a writer and former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
from Perth, Ontario; Charlotte Gill, a writer and past prize finalist
from Powell River, British Columbia; and Marni Jackson, a writer and
nonfiction writing instructor from Toronto. In total, 104 titles were
submitted by 51 publishers for the 2012 prize.
To further the teaching of contemporary Canadian nonfiction, the prize
produces a resource booklet for Canadian high-school educators as a
tool with which to introduce the writing and ideas of the prize
finalists to young readers. This booklet will be distributed to select
schools across the country and will be available for free download from
the iBookstore. Additionally, a series of school visits will be
organized to bring the prize finalists into high schools in their
communities and connect young readers with their work.
"This prize is a marvellous opportunity to celebrate and reward our
country's remarkable nonfiction talent and draw attention to the
quality of their work," said Mrs. Hilary Weston. "I eagerly look
forward to reading the titles this year's jury have selected and
sharing them with readers in Canada and abroad."
Starting September 25, Loblaw Companies Limited (Loblaw) will feature
the five titles shortlisted for the 2012 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust
Prize in more than 200 Loblaw banner stores nationwide.
All of the finalists' works will be available today for download from
the iBookstore on iPhone, iPad or iPod, or at www.itunes.com/WestonPrize.
Prize finalists will be in Toronto on October 20 for a book signing at Loblaws® at Maple Leaf Gardens* and on October 21 at the International Festival
Additional support for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize is
provided by media partners CBC Books and The Globe and Mail.
Further event information and high-resolution images are available at writerstrust.com
To facilitate the promotion of Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize
nominated books, an online catalogue for retailers has been created
through BookNet Canada's CataList program: http://bnccatalist.ca/ViewCatalogue.aspx?id=1267.
About Mrs. Hilary M. Weston, CM, OOnt
Mrs. Hilary M. Weston served as the 26th lieutenant-governor of Ontario
from 1997 to 2002. As the Queen's representative in Ontario, Mrs.
Weston was responsible for the Crown's constitutional and
representational roles in the province. Since leaving public office,
Mrs. Weston has continued to pursue her diverse interests. She led
Renaissance ROM, the largest fundraising campaign in Canadian cultural
history, transforming the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. She is a
trustee of St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle and serves on the
board of the Art Gallery of Ontario. Mrs. Weston is also a corporate
director of Wittington Investments and Selfridges Group Ltd. She has
also served as deputy chair of the board of Holt Renfrew, promoting
Canadian designers in the retailing business.
Mrs. Weston founded the Ireland Fund of Canada and remains a patron of
this non-denominational organization promoting peace in Ireland. Her
interests in homes and gardens resulted in the publication of In a Canadian Garden (1989) and At Home in Canada (1995). She served as first chancellor of the Order of Ontario, was
appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 2003, and is the recipient
of six honorary degrees.
About the Prize
The prize is awarded for literary excellence in the category of
nonfiction, which includes, among other forms, personal or journalistic
essays, history, biography, memoirs, commentary, and criticism, both
social and political. Finalist works will, in the opinion of the jury,
demonstrate a distinctive voice, as well as a persuasive and compelling
command of tone, narrative, style, and technique. This award succeeds
the Writers' Trust Nonfiction Prize, which was established in 1997.
About the Writers' Trust
The Writers' Trust of Canada is a charitable organization that seeks to
advance, nurture, and celebrate Canadian writers and writing through a
portfolio of programs, including literary awards, financial grants,
scholarships, and a writers' retreat. Writers' Trust programming is
designed to champion excellence in Canadian writing, to improve the
status of writers, and to create connections between writers and
readers. Canada's writers receive more financial support from the
Writers' Trust than from any other non-governmental organization or
foundation in the country.
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