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


The jury for the 14th Annual BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, one of Canada’s leading literary non-fiction prizes, has selected its longlist for 2018.

Over 150 books by 45 publishers were nominated for the $40,000 prize from across the country. The prize jury has selected the following longlist of 10 books.


TitleAuthorPublisher
Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on Bering's Great Voyage to AlaskaStephen R. BownDouglas & McIntyre
Vimy: The Battle and the LegendTim CookPenguin Canada: Allen Lane
Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive ChildhoodPauline DakinPenguin Canada: Viking
Game Change: The Life and Death of Steve Montador and the Future of HockeyKen DrydenMcClelland & Stewart: Signal
Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for All CanadiansDr. Danielle MartinPenguin Canada: Allen Lane
Life on the Ground Floor: Letters from the Edge of Emergency MedicineJames MaskalykPenguin Random House Canada: Doubleday Canada
All We Leave Behind: A Reporter's Journey into the Lives of OthersCarol OffPenguin Random House Canada: Random House Canada
Maximum Canada: Why 35 Million Canadians Are Not EnoughDoug SaundersPenguin Random House Canada: Alfred A. Knopf Canada
Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern CityTanya TalagaHouse of Anansi Press
The Patch: The People, Pipelines, and Politics of the Oil SandsChris TurnerSimon and Schuster Canada


The BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction will announce its shortlist on December 1, 2017 and the award will be presented in Vancouver in early 2018.

The jury for the 2018 Award comprises:
Jan Walter, Jury Chair, editor, publishing executive, bookseller and former Chair of the Kingston WritersFest Board.
Rick Antonson, author, book publisher, lecturer and former CEO of Tourism Vancouver.
Eliza Reid, co-founder of Iceland Writers' Retreat, writer, editor and currently the First Lady of Iceland.

"This year's longlist proves once again that Canadian writers of non-fiction, and their books, are alive and well,” said BC Achievement Foundation Chair, Scott McIntyre. "To misquote Mark Twain: the rumours of the death of real books are greatly exaggerated. This is a sterling longlist: congratulations to all the writers, and thanks to our distinguished jury."

Previous winners of the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction include:
• Sandra Martin for A Good Death: Making the Most of Our Final Choices (2017)
• Rosemary Sullivan for Stalin's Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva (2016)
• 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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