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Cundill History Prize finalists announced in Toronto

Finalists for the $75,000 (U.S.) Cundill History Prize will be formally announced in Toronto on the evening of Oct. 31.

Three finalists have been announced for McGill University’s Cundill History Prize. Each finalist will receive $10,000 (U.S.), with the winner of the $75,000 (U.S.) prize, the largest prize for English non-fiction, to be announced at a ceremony in Montreal on Nov. 15.

The finalists are:

•Ÿ Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser (Metropolitan Books)
•Ÿ The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World by Maya Jasanoff (Penguin Random House)
Ÿ• A Cold Welcome: The Little Ice Age and Europe’s Encounter with North America by Sam White (Harvard University Press)

The finalists will be formally announced at an event at Massey College in Toronto this evening. The Cundill History Prize was created by Montreal-born McGill alumnus F. Peter Cundill, an investor and philanthropist who believed historical writing was a powerful tool in informing contemporary discourse.