Longlist Announced for BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, One of Canada's Largest Book Prizes

The jury for the 12th Annual BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, one of Canada’s largest literary non-fiction prizes, has selected its longlist for 2016.

One hundred thirty-seven books by 35 publishers were nominated for the $40,000 prize from across the country. The prize jury has selected the following longlist of ten books.

Dispatches from the Front: Canada’s Voice at WarDavid HaltonPenguin Random House Canada
Stephen HarperJohn IbbitsonPenguin Random House Canada
Canoe Country: The Making of CanadaRoy MacGregorPenguin Random House Canada
Genius at Play: The Curious Mind of John Horton ConwaySiobhan RobertsPenguin Random House Canada
What is Government Good At? A Canadian AnswerDonald J. SavoieMcGill Queen's University Press
FallenKara StanleyGreystone Books Ltd.
Stalin's Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana AlliluyevaRosemary SullivanHarper Collins
Beyond the Pale: Folklore, Family, and the Mystery of Our Hidden Genes Emily UrquhartHarper Collins
The Prison Book Club Ann WalmsleyPenguin Random House Canada
The Right to be Cold: One Woman’s Story of Protecting her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole PlanetSheila Watt-CloutierPenguin Random House Canada

The BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction will announce its shortlist in December and the award will be presented in Vancouver in early 2016.

The jury for the 2016 British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction comprises:

Anne Giardini, QC, Jury Chair, writer, director, lawyer, executive, and currently Chancellor of Simon Fraser University.

Richard Gwyn, a Toronto columnist, well-respected writer, and biographer of John A. Macdonald.

Hal Wake, Artistic Director of the Vancouver Writers Festival and a member of granting juries for Canada Council, BC Arts Council and the City of Vancouver.

"Congratulations to the 2016 longlist authors and our sincere thanks to the jury panel for their thoughtful deliberations," said BC Achievement Foundation chair Keith Mitchell. "The selected works show the remarkable breadth and vibrancy of non-fiction writing in Canada."

Previous winners of the BC Award include:
• Karyn L. Freedman for One Hour in Paris: A True Story of Rape and Recovery (2015)
• Thomas King for The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America (2014)
• Modris Eksteins for Solar Dance: Genius, Forgery and the Crisis of Truth in the Modern Age (2013)
• Charlotte Gill for Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with The Tree-Planting Tribe (2012)
• John Vaillant for The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival (2011)
• Ian Brown for The Boy in the Moon: A Father's Search for His Disabled Son (2010)
• Russell Wangersky for Burning Down the House (2009)
• Lorna Goodison for From Harvey River: A Memory of My Mother and Her People (2008)
• Noah Richler for This Is My Country, What's Yours? (2007)
• Rebecca Godfrey for Under the Bridge (2006)
• Patrick Lane for There Is a Season (2005)

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2016 Longlist

BC's National Award for Non-Fiction information

Previous Award Winners