The five finalists for the 2014 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for non-fiction were announced this morning at a press conference in Toronto.
The $60,000 award, the richest prize for Canadian non-fiction, garnered 92 submissions from 42 publishers this year. The shortlist was selected by a jury comprising 2011 Weston Prize winner Charles Foran, 2010 finalist Merrily Weisbord, and 2013 finalist Priscila Uppal.
Renowned CBC journalist Peter Mansbridge and award-winning Canadian director and screenwriter Deepa Mehta will join the jury for the final deliberation next month.
The shortlist is as follows:
- Susan Delacourt, Shopping for Votes: How Politicians Choose Us and We Choose Them (Douglas & McIntyre)
- Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate (Knopf Canada)
- Charles Montgomery, The Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design (Doubleday Canada)
- Paula Todd, Extreme Mean: Trolls, Bullies, and Predators Online (Signal)
- Kathleen Winter, Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage (House of Anansi Press)
Each shortlisted author will receive $5,000. The winner will be announced Oct. 14 at a gala to be held at the Art Gallery of Ontario.