Finalists Announced for 13th Annual BC National Non-Fiction Award


Finalists for the 2017 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction – one of the largest non-fiction book prizes in the country – were announced today on behalf of the BC Achievement Foundation. The award carries a prize of $40,000 and each finalist will also receive a prize of $5,000.




An independent jury chose the four finalists from among 141 books submitted by 46 publishers from across Canada. The members of the 2017 jury are Hal Wake, Jury Chair, Artistic Director of the Vancouver Writers Fest; Jan Walter, editor, publishing executive, bookseller and former Chair of the Kingston WritersFest Board and, John Burns, journalist, editor, publisher and current Editorial Director of Echo Storytelling Agency in Vancouver.

Now in its 13th year, the award has featured such winners as Rosemary Sullivan, Karyn L. Freedman, Thomas King, Modris Eksteins, Charlotte Gill, John Vaillant, Ian Brown, Russell Wangersky, Lorna Goodison, Noah Richler, Rebecca Godfrey, and Patrick Lane.

The jury will announce the winner of the 2017 prize at a special presentation ceremony in Vancouver on January 26, 2017.

“The 2017 shortlisted authors have inspired us to learn and reflect on the world in which we live whle expanding our thinking and our knowledge,” said Foundation Chair Keith Mitchell. “Their works represent an excellent selection of non-fiction books, and we thank the jury for their work in narrowing the field of 141 books nominated for this year’s prize to these remarkable finalists.”


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2017 Longlist

2017 Shortlist

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BC's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction

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