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


The jury for the eleventh annual BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, one of Canada’s largest literary non-fiction prizes, has selected its longlist for 2015.

One hundred thirty-four books were nominated for the $40,000 prize by 33 publishers from across the country. The prize jury has selected the following longlist of ten books.


TitleAuthorPublisher
The Necessary War: Canadians Fighting The Second World War 1939 - 1943Tim CookPenguin Canada
One Hour in Paris: A True Story of Rape and RecoveryKaryn L. FreedmanFreehand Books
The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant ConnectionMichael HarrisHarper Collins
Enlightenment 2.0: Restoring Sanity to Our Politics, Our Economy, and Our LivesJoseph HeathHarper Collins
The Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum and The Day That Almost WasChantal Hébert with Jean LapierreKnopf Canada
Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban DesignCharles MontgomeryDoubleday Canada
Opening Heaven’s Door: What The Dying May Be Trying To Tell Us About Where They’re GoingPatricia PearsonRandom House Canada
Between Gods: A MemoirAlison PickDoubleday Canada
Circling The Midnight Sun: Culture and Change in the Invisible ArcticJames RaffanHarper Collins
Our Ice Is Vanishing Sikuvut Nunguliqtuq: A History of Inuit, Newcomers, and Climate ChangeShelley WrightMcGill-Queen’s University Press


The BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction will announce its shortlist in early December and the award will be presented in Vancouver in February, 2015.

The jury for the 2015 British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction comprises:

Jared Bland currently the arts editor at The Globe and Mail and previously was a senior editor at House of Anansi;

John Fraser, a journalist and writer who served as master of Massey College from 1995-2014;

Anne Giardini, writer, director, lawyer and executive, and the Chancellor of Simon Fraser University.

“Our heartfelt thanks to the jury panel for its thoughtful reading of the books submitted for the 2015 awards,” said BC Achievement Foundation chair Keith Mitchell. “This longlist demonstrates the breadth and quality of non-fiction writing in Canada. Congratulations to the longlist authors.”

Previous winners of the BC Award include:

• 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 (2012)
• John Vaillant for The Tiger (2011)
• Ian Brown for The Boy in the Moon (2010)
• Russell Wangersky for Burning Down the House (2009)
• Lorna Goodison for From Harvey River (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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2015 Longlist


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Previous Award Winners