Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Prize Watch: the non-fiction GGs

Not a big year for historians in the Governor-General's Awards for non-fiction, but some historically oriented books here.  The nominees announced this morning are
  • CBC journalist Nahlah Ayed for her memoir "A Thousand Farewells: A Reporter’s Journey from Refugee Camp to the Arab Spring,"
  • Carol Bishop-Gwyn for The Pursuit of Perfection: A Life of Celia Franca.  (Actually CBG is a historian -- teaches history of dance at Ryerson. The Gwyn in her name is from her husband, the writer and John A. biographer Richard Gwyn
  • much-admired explorer, anthropologist ans writer Wade Davis, Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest
  • Ross King, a GG winner for a previous study of impressionists and classicists in belle-epoch Paris, Leonardo and the Last Supper
  • author and broadcaster Noah Richler, What We Talk About When We Talk About War
And, if I can have some special pleading, I note that the shortlist for the Children's Literature award has reverted to the all-fiction norm.  Last year, ahem, a nonfiction book actually won.
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