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Ottawa Book Awards unveil finalists

The City of Ottawa today announced the finalists for the 2012 Ottawa Book Awards and Prix du livre d’Ottawa.

The awards recognize the top fiction and non-fiction books written by local authors, in both official languages. Winners will receive $7,500, to be presented at an awards ceremony held on Oct. 24 at the Shenkman Arts Centre.

The finalists are:

English Fiction

English Non-fiction

  • Damien-Claude Bélanger, Prejudice and Pride: Canadian Intellectuals Confront the United States, 1891“1945 (University of Toronto Press)
  • Murray Brewster, The Savage War: The Untold Battles of Afghanistan (John Wiley & Sons Canada)
  • Robert R. Fowler, A Season in Hell: My 130 Days in the Sahara with Al Qaeda (HarperCollins Canada)
  • Craig Oliver, Oliver’s Twist: The Life and Times of an Unapologetic Newshound (Viking Canada)
  • Ruth B. Phillips, Museum Pieces: Toward the Indigenization of Canadian Museums (McGill-Queen’s University Press)