The longlist for the 13th annual B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-fiction has been announced. Three of the finalists – Deborah Campbell‚ Matti Friedman‚ and Ross King – are also up for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-fiction.
A jury of experts selected the following titles from 137 submissions from 35 publishers:
- Deborah Campbell‚ A Disappearance in Damascus: A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War (Knopf Canada)
- Ivan Coyote‚ Tomboy Survival Guide (Arsenal Pulp Press)
- Matti Friedman‚ Pumpkinflowers: An Israeli Soldier’s Story (Signal)
- Taras Grescoe‚ Shanghai Grand: Forbidden Love and International Intrigue on the Eve of the Second World War (Harper Avenue)
- Ross King‚ Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies (Bond Street Books)
- Sandra Martin‚ A Good Death: Making the Most of Our Final Choices (Patrick Crean Editions)
- Robert Moor‚ On Trails: An Exploration (Simon & Schuster Canada)
- Mark Raboy‚ Macaroni: The Man Who Networked the World (Oxford University Press)
- Diane Schoemperlen‚ This is Not My Life: A Memoir of Love, Prison, and Other Complications (Harper Avenue)
- Alexandra Shimo‚ Invisible North: The Search for Answers on a Troubled Reserve (Dundurn Press)
A shortlist will be announced on Dec. 1‚ with each finalist receiving a $5,000 prize. The winner, who receives $40,000, will be revealed in early 2017 at a ceremony in Vancouver.