Thursday, October 15, 2009

Non-fiction GG shortlist

Randall Hansen, Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942-45.

Trevor Herriot, Grass, Sky, Song: Promise and Peril in the World of Grassland Birds.

Eric S. Margolis, American Raj: Liberation or Domination? (Resolving the Conflict Between the West and the Muslim World).

Eric Siblin, The Cello Suites: J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece.

M.G. Vassanji, A Place Within: Rediscovering India.

An intriguing mix of subjects and styles, from literary essay (I greatly admire Herriot and the novelist Vassanji, don't know of Siblin) to hard-edge journalism (Margolis) to scholarly history (Hansen's colleagues at Western Ontario will be cheering for him). It will be noted no books by women are on the list this year.

The jury was Stephen Kimber, Ross A. Laird, and Nelofer Pazira.
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