Shortlist Announced for the 2017 Lionel Gelber Prize

TORONTO and WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2017 /CNW/ - Jury Chair John Stackhouse announces five finalists for the 2017 Lionel Gelber Prize:

  • Rosa Brooks (Washington, DC) author of How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon published by Simon & Schuster
  • Shadi Hamid (Washington, DC) author of Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam Is Reshaping the World, published by St. Martin's Press
  • Arkady Ostrovsky (London, England) author of The Invention of Russia: From Gorbachev's Freedom to Putin's War, published by Viking
  • Laura Secor (Brooklyn, NY) author of Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran, published by Allen Lane Canada/Penguin Canada, a division of Penguin Random House
  • Robert F. Worth (Washington, DC) author of A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The 2017 Jury members are John Stackhouse, Chair, (Toronto, Canada); 2016 Lionel Gelber Prize winner and journalist Scott Shane (Maryland, USA), Professor Allison Stanger (Vermont, USA), Dr. Astrid Tuminez (Singapore), and Professor Antje Wiener (Hamburg, Germany).

The Lionel Gelber Prize Podcast series presents fascinating interviews with all five of this year's finalists in conversation with Professor Robert Steiner, founder of the Fellowships in Global Journalism at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Special thanks to funding media partner Focus Asset Management for their support of these podcasts. The series is posted at our website and on iTunes.

Key Dates
The winner will be announced on February 28 and invited to speak at a free public event at Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs on March 29, 2017.

About the Prize:
The Lionel Gelber Prize, a literary award for the world's best non-fiction book in English on foreign affairs that seeks to deepen public debate on significant international issues, was founded in 1989 by Canadian diplomat Lionel Gelber.  A cash prize of $15,000 is awarded to the winner. The award is presented annually by The Lionel Gelber Foundation, in partnership with Foreign Policy magazine and the Munk School of Global Affairs.

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For further information: To arrange interviews with the finalists, jurors, and presenting partners, please contact: June Dickenson | | (647) 477-6000; For further information visit: | @gelberprize

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