2011 Jury

2011 jury
Philip Marchand, Alma Lee and Noah Richler

Philip Marchand started his career as a freelance magazine writer, and then became books columnist for the Toronto Star for 19 years. Since 2008 he has written a regular book review column for the National Post. Philip has also written five books including a biography entitled Marshall McLuhan: The Medium and the Messenger, a collection of essays entitled Ripostes: Reflections on Canadian Literature and a combination of memoir, history, and travelogue entitled Ghost Empire: How the French Almost Conquered North America.

Noah Richler is an author and broadcaster. His book This Is My Country, What’s Yours? A Literary Atlas of Canada won the 2007 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and was nominated for the 2006 Nereus Writer’s Trust Non-Fiction Prize. He has won National Magazine Awards and is a frequent contributor to the cultural and op-ed pages of the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, and Maclean’s.

Alma Lee is founding executive director of The Writers’ Union of Canada as well as of The Writers’ Trust; she also founded the Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival. In 2002 Alma was appointed to the British Columbia Arts Council and in 2005 received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Simon Fraser University. She is a member of the Order of Canada.

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