Finalists Named for Canada's Largest Non-Fiction Award

The 2011 shortlist for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction was announced by Premier Gordon Campbell and Keith Mitchell, chair of the BC Achievement Foundation. The BC Award is the richest non-fiction book prize in the country and the non-fiction counterpart to the Giller Prize for fiction and the Griffin Poetry Prize.

“The finalists for this year's award demonstrate the talent and diversity of non-fiction writing in Canada today,” said Premier Campbell, a director of the BC Achievement Foundation. “This award is British Columbia's opportunity to highlight the important contribution Canada's best non-fiction writers make to our nation's culture and discourse.”

“We thank the jury members for their painstaking effort and time as they read the 151 submitted books, narrowed the submissions to a list of 10, and decided upon this excellent shortlist,” said Mitchell.

The shortlist was chosen by jury members Alma Lee, founder of the Vancouver Writers and Readers Festival and Writers' Union of Canada; Philip Marchand, author, book columnist, and magazine writer; and Noah Richler, award-winning author and broadcaster. Ms. Lee and Mr. Marchand will select the winner that will be announced January 31, 2011 at a special presentation ceremony in Vancouver.

Please click on the book covers above to read the jury citations for each finalist.

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