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


The jury for the 13th Annual BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, one of Canada’s leading literary non-fiction prizes, has selected its longlist for 2017.

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.


TitleAuthorPublisher
A Disappearance in Damascus: A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of WarDeborah CampbellAlfred A. Knopf Canada / Penguin Random House Canada Ltd
Tomboy Survival GuideIvan CoyoteArsenal Pulp Press
Pumpkinflowers: An Israeli Soldier’s StoryMatti FriedmanSignal McClelland & Stewart
Shanghai Grand: Forbidden Love and International Intrigue on the Eve of the Second World WarTaras GrescoeHarper Avenue / HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water LiliesRoss KingBond Street Books/Penguin Random House Canada Ltd
A Good Death: Making the Most of Our Final ChoicesSandra MartinPatrick Crean Editions / HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
On Trails: An ExplorationRobert MoorSimon & Schuster
Marconi: The Man Who Networked the WorldMarc RaboyOxford University Press
This is Not My Life: A Memoir of Love, Prison, and Other ComplicationsDiane SchoemperlenHarperAvenue / HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Invisible North: The Search for Answers on a Troubled ReserveAlexandra ShimoDundurn Press


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

The jury for the 2017 British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction comprises:

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

Jan Walter, editor, publishing executive, bookseller and former Chair of the Kingston WritersFest Board.

John Burns, journalist, editor, publisher and current editorial director of Echo Storytelling Agency in Vancouver.

"This year’s lineup of Canadian non-fiction titles continues a strong tradition of excellence among our national writers,” said BC Achievement Foundation chair Keith Mitchell. “Our thanks to the jury for their efforts in selecting the 2017 longlist."

Previous winners of the BC Award include:
• 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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2017 Longlist

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