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Michael Ignatieff to chair 2021 Cundill History Prize

(Daniel Vegel)

Author, academic, and former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada Michael Ignatieff has been named chair of the 2021 Cundill History Prize jury. The $75,000 (U.S.) international prize for English-language history writing is administered by McGill University.

“I’m a historian by training and like nothing better than history books that upend our understanding of the present,” Ignatieff, the rector and president of Budapest’s Central European University, said in a statement. “So it’s a wonderful opportunity to chair this year’s Cundill History Prize and go in search of great history writing that tells a compelling story, is grounded in world-class research, and changes our understanding of the contemporary world.”

The prize is open for submissions through April 30, with a shortlist to follow in September and finalists announced in October. The winner will be announced in December.

The prize is the largest for English non-fiction writing in the world. In addition to the $75,000 (U.S.) grand prize, $10,000 (U.S.) will be awarded to the runners up.

Last year the award went to American historian Camilla Townsend for Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs (Oxford University Press, 2019).


February 23rd, 2021

11:00 am

Category: Awards, Industry News

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