The six authors longlisted for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature‚ the world’s richest international award for a non-fiction title‚ have been revealed. A panel of judges including UBC Republic of China chair Timothy Brook‚ Oxford Centre for Global History director John Darwin‚ The Atlantic senior editor David Frum‚ and Key Porter Books co-founder and author Anna Porter‚ selected the nominees.
Though no Canadians made the list this year‚ the award is administered by McGill University in Montreal. Finalists‚ each the recipient of a $10,000 (U.S.) prize‚ will be announced in early October‚ and the winner of the $75,000 (U.S.) purse will be named at a gala at Toronto’s Shangri-La Hotel on Nov. 17.
- Mary Beard (U.K.)‚ SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome (Liveright Publishing Corporation)
- Robert J. Gordon (U.S.)‚ The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War (Princeton University Press)
- Thomas W. Laqueur (U.S.)‚ The Work of the Dead: A Cultural History of Mortal Remains (Princeton University Press)
- Philippe Sands (U.K.)‚ East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
- David Wootton (U.K.)‚ The Invention of Science: A New History of the Scientific Revolution (Allen Lane)
- Andrea Wulf (U.K.)‚ The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt’s New World (Alfred A. Knopf, John Murray Publishers)