Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Prize Watch: the Taylor and the Canadas and the Speaker's

The very prolific Ross King, much honoured for his art history books  (e.g., two Governor General's Awards), won the Charles Taylor Nonfiction prize the other day for Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies.  Historian John English was one of the jurors, but CanHist is pretty scarce on the list. Details and shortlist here

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences announced nominees for the Canada Prizes for scholarly books in those disciplines. No shortage of historians here.  Quillblog reports them as:
Emilie Cameron, Far Off Metal River: Inuit Lands, Settler Stories, and the Making of the Contemporary Arctic (University of B.C. Press)
Gerhard J. Ens and Joseph Sawchuk, From New Peoples to New Nations: Aspects of Métis History and Identity from the Eighteenth to Twenty-First Centuries (University of Toronto Press)
Sean Mills, A Place in the Sun: Haiti, Haitians, and the Remaking of Quebec (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
Arthur J. Ray, Aboriginal Rights Claims and the Making and Remaking of History (MQUP)
Donald Wright, Donald Creighton: A Life in History (UTP)
And the Ontario Legislative Speaker's Book Award (an award that previously honoured someone close to this blog, so we are well disposed) was presented to Toronto Maple Leaf great Red Kelly and his co-authors for The Red Kelly Story.  Full list of nominees here included works on Ontario premiers Davis and McGuinty and almost-premier Darcy McKeough -- and even Red Kelly had a stint in parliament, no?

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