TORONTO AND WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 17 /CNW/ - The shortlist for the 2011
Lionel Gelber Prize was announced today by Sara Charney, chair of the
Lionel Gelber Prize Board and niece of Lionel Gelber.
Jury Chair Paul Cadario remarked, "The finalists for this year's prize
span the range of talent and perspective, from journalist to historian,
drawing their original and sometimes provocative thinking from history,
from interview and from theory. They range in focus from prehistory to
the 22nd century, from post-war Europe, to Cold War South Asia, to the
world's Arctic regions, and from poor rural villages to global
megacities. All offer unique perspectives on the origins and possible
outcomes of the global trends that we read and worry about every day."
The books shortlisted for The 2011 Lionel Gelber Prize are as follows:
Yalta: The Price of Peace by Serhii M. Plokhy (U.S.A.), published by Viking/New York
Jury Citation: A work of outstanding scholarship which brings to light
important interpretations based on newly available Russian documents.
Going beyond the western sources, this is a seminal treatment of a
profoundly important moment in history.
Why the West Rules - for Now by Ian Morris (U.S.A.), published by McClelland & Stewart/Toronto
Jury Citation: A grand sweep through history which raises provocative
issues about the future of the global system. Tracing the path from
ancient times to the present, Morris makes us think hard about the
Arrival City: The Final Migration and our Next World by Doug Saunders (U.K.), published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada/Toronto
Jury Citation: An original treatment of a subject that is one of the
most important issues of our time. Saunders takes us inside the cities
of the world and provides a rich, granular description of
neighbourhoods around the world that allow people to refashion their
The Hungry World: America's Cold War Battle Against Poverty in Asia by Nick Cullather (U.S.A.), published by Harvard University
Jury Citation: This is an important and daring corrective to those who write about
history as population control. A masterful blend of politics and
science, this story teaches important lessons for those thinking hard
about the politics of science, hunger and food security.
Polar Imperative: A History of Arctic Sovereignty in North America by Shelagh D. Grant (Canada), published by Douglas & McIntyre/Toronto
Jury Citation: The Arctic is front and centre on the global agenda and
Grant provides a vital history of competing claims to sovereignty which
is essential reading. Rippled with adventure, this essential reading is
an authoritative history for anyone interested in understanding why the
world's attention is shifting to the Arctic.
About the Lionel Gelber Prize:
The Lionel Gelber Prize is a literary award for the world's best
non-fiction book in English that seeks to deepen public debate on
significant global issues. The winning author receives $15,000. The
Prize is presented annually by The Lionel Gelber Foundation, in
partnership with the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of
Toronto and Foreign Policy magazine.
The Prize Jury:
Jury Chair Paul Cadario (Canada) is senior manager for Trust Fund
Quality Assurance and Compliance at the World Bank. A Rhodes Scholar,
he serves on a wide range of councils and committees at the World Bank
as well as at the University of Toronto.
David Frum (U.S.A.) is a Canadian and American journalist who is active in both the American and Canadian political
arenas. He is the author of The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W. Bush, as well as Dead Right and How We Got Here.
Rachel Lomax (U.K.) has served as deputy governor, Monetary Stability,
at the Bank of England and as vice president and chief of staff to the
president of the World Bank. She is a non-executive director of The
Scottish American Investment Company PLC and Reinsurance Group of
Mark Starowicz (Canada) is executive director of CBC's Documentary
Programming. In a radio and television career spanning over three
decades, he has created some of Canada's most influential programs. A
member of the Order of Canada, his current project is The History of World War II.
Steven Weber (U.S.A.) is a specialist in international relations at the
University of California at Berkeley and senior policy advisor with the
Glover Park Group in Washington, D.C. who actively consults with
government agencies, private multinational firms, and international
non-governmental organizations on issues of foreign policy, risk
analysis, strategy, and forecasting.
The winner of the 2011 Lionel Gelber Prize, to be announced on Tuesday,
March 1, will deliver the annual Lionel Gelber Lecture at an award
ceremony on Tuesday, March 29. The lecture is open to the public and
will be held at the Munk School of Global Affairs in Toronto. The
winner will also appear in Washington, D.C., at an event hosted by Foreign Policy magazine.
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