What's Being Said

"Toronto's Noah Richler was momentarily $25,000 richer when it was announced Thursday that he had won the British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction for his book, This Is My Country, What's Yours? But after receiving the cheque from Premier Gordon Campbell, he vowed to put $5,000 of it toward improving the lives of the country's aboriginal writers..."

- The Vancouver Sun  [link]


"Noah Richler wins major prize...Noah Richler has won the $25,000 British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction for his book This is My Country, What's Yours?: A Literary Atlas of Canada (McClelland & Stewart). The prize was awarded on Thursday in Vancouver. Richler said he was surprised to learn of the win and had flown in for the ceremony from London, England, mainly because he had heard it was a great event and that they gave 'lovely citations. I have to say it was really true,' he said, noting that he was very touched by the introduction for his book given by Bill New, the editor of The Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada."

- Quill & Quire  [link]


"Noah Richler, author of This Is My Country, What's Yours?, is the winner of the British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. The award is one of the country's largest literary prizes with a purse of $25,000.

At a luncheon in Vancouver yesterday, the jury cited Richler's literary atlas for revealing 'a variety of expression that matches the geographic and political diversity of modern-day Canada.'"

- The Globe & Mail  [link]


"Noah Richler was named the winner yesterday of the British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction for his literary atlas of Canada, This Is My Country, What's Yours?

'This award recognizes the power of imagination and eloquence in inspiring national culture and identity,' said Premier Gordon Campbell, who presented Richler with the $25,000 prize at a ceremony that also honoured the three other finalists.

'Mr. Richler, and indeed all the finalists, have made a valuable and permanent contribution to this country through their works of non-fiction.'"

- The Toronto Star  [link]


"The jury's citation hailed Richler's work for reflecting 'upon Canadian identity and sense of place through a sustained examination of the role played by writers of fiction in nation-building.'

The book, based on a 10-part series Richler did for CBC Radio's Ideas, is a 'window onto Canadian writing in the present day,' the jury said.

Richler interviewed more than 100 Canadian writers and in the book reflects on the communities they represent. The Literary Atlas also makes a strong argument that literature matters."

- CBC  [link]


"Novelists used to bask in all the literary glory. They won the big-name prizes and enjoyed a warm creative mystique that other Canadian writers rarely experienced. But in the last several years, non-fiction has started hogging the spotlight when it comes to sales, readership, prestige and even prize money.

Last week, Noah Richler won the $25,000 British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction for his literary travelogue, This Is My Country, What's Yours? The three-year-old award is presented by the B.C. Achievement Foundation, an independent body endowed by the provincial government.

At the ceremony, poet W.H. (William) New called Richler's book 'a mental map, a psycho-geography of contemporary Canada' and 'an inquiry into how we tell stories.'

'Non-fiction is so strong in Canada these days that you need an award of this kind, and of this size, as well, to recognize it,' says Max Wyman, a two-year foundation jury member and a recent addition to the board. 'The quality and the range of the work is truly astonishing.'"

- Cheri Hanson, Vancouver Sun


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