Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Prize Watch: Hilary Weston prize noms

Not much CanHist on the 2016 short list for the big-dollar Hilary Weston Prize in Nonfiction from the Writers' Trust.  On the other hand, I'm hard pressed to think of a CanHist title that might stand among these nominees. Prize announcement:  November 2.
  • Ian Brown (Toronto) for Sixty: A Diary of My Sixty-first Year: The Beginning of the End or the End of the Beginning?
  • Deborah Campbell (Vancouver) for A Disappearance in Damascus: A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War
  • Matti Friedman (Jerusalem) for Pumpkinflowers: An Israeli Soldier’s Story 
  • Ross King (Oxford, UK) for Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies
  • Sonja Larsen (Vancouver) for Red Star Tattoo: My Life as a Girl Revolutionary
Good solid jury too, all nonfiction writers.

Update, 29 September:  All these titles come from various parts of the Penguin Random House (Canada) behemoth.  State of Canadian publishing getting dire again.
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