The Writers’ Trust of Canada has announced the finalists for this year’s Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-fiction. The award, which offers the largest purse for a Canadian non-fiction title, “celebrates literary excellence” in the category.
This year, nominated publishers and authors were made aware of the shortlist via a jigsaw puzzle, the digital version of which can be completed here.
The jury, comprising writers Stevie Cameron, Will Ferguson, and J.J. Lee, selected the following finalists from 97 titles submitted by 51 publishers:
- Eliott Behar, Tell it to the World: International Justice and the Secret Campaign to Hide Mass Murder in Kosovo (Dundurn Press)
- Douglas Coupland, Kitten Clone: Inside Alcatel-Lucent (Random House Canada)
- Dean Jobb, Empire of Deception: From Chicago to Nova Scotia – The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation (Harper Avenue)
- Lynette Loeppky, Cease: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Desire (Oolichan Books)
- Rosemary Sullivan, Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva (HarperCollins Canada)
Nominated works will be made available for download through the iBookstore.
Each finalist will receive a $5,000 prize, with the winner receiving $60,000 at a gala at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario on Oct. 6.