Friday, September 25, 2020

Wilson Book Prize: Max Hamon on Louis Riel

I'm not sure I knew there was an L.R. Wilson Book Prize in Canadian History  -- though L.R. Wilson himself I know well, as a benefactor of things historical Canadian, as in the Wilson Institute  and Wilson Lectures at McMaster University in Hamilton, and much else. Indeed the prize comes from the Institute and is voted on by its associates (historical scholars across the country whose assignment, it says, is "to create a community of scholars inside and outside Canada exploring transnational history.")

Anyway the winner for 2019 books is Max Hamon for The Audacity of His Enterprise: Louis Riel and the Metis Nation That Canada Never Was 1840-1875It was announced some time ago, but I know of it now because Hamon's the newest guest on the Champlain Society's podcast, "Witness to Yesterday," in conversation with Patrice Dutil:

Patrice Dutil talks about the formative influences on Louis Riel with Max Hamon, the author of The Audacity of his Enterprise: Louis Riel and the Métis Nation that Canada Never Was (McGill-Queen’s University Press). Hamon discusses the impact of Riel’s parents, the politics of the Red River Settlement, and the pressures of the Collège de Montréal on Riel as a student. He also explores how Riel deployed a remarkable network to reinforce the legitimacy of the Metis people in Eastern Canada and the United States in the 1870s.
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