What's Being Said



"Globe and Mail feature writer Ian Brown won the country's richest non-fiction award for The Boy in the Moon: A Father's Search for His Disabled Son, a widely praised memoir of challenging family life that grew out of a three-part series first published in this newspaper...'I'm very flattered to have won, especially given the very tough competition and the serious judges,' Mr.Brown said last night. 'A huge amount of money, given by B.C. but on a national basis to writers from anywhere in Canada, who no restriction on subject or style - that's a big shot in the arm for creative non-fiction.'"

- The Globe & Mail  [link]

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"Toronto journalist Ian Brown has won the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-fiction, the country's most lucrative non-fiction award, for his book The Boy in the Moon: A Father's Search for His Disabled Son. Brown received $40,000 - and two standing ovations - at a Vancouver ceremony on Friday...In a speech to the rapt lunchtime audience, which included B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell, Brown said he began keeping a journal 12 years ago to keep track of Walker's medical appointments, and found himself considering the nature of his son's inner life. The recognition is especially gratifying, said Brown, 'because all I wanted to do was to find a voice in Walker.'"

- Quill & Quire  [link]

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"The Toronto journalist's memoir, The Boy in the Moon, tells the heart-rending story of his son, Walker, a 13-year-old who was born with cardio-facio-cutaneous syndrome, caused by a genetic mutation so rare that only about 300 people in the world share his affliction...'I began to realize,' said Brown, 'that the way to write this book was to be with Walker and just pay attention to what he paid attention to. He can't convey things, except emotionally. I wanted to know whether he had an inner life and, if he did, whether it was better than my inner life.'"

Also nominated for the annual award - given six times, so far, by the B.C. Achievement Foundation - were Karen Connelly, Eric Siblin and Kenneth Whyte. They each received $2,500.

- The Vancouver Sun  [link]

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"Ian Brown was named winner of British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction at a ceremony in Vancouver yesterday afternoon. Brown, a broadcaster and Globe and Mail columnist, was awarded the prize for his book The Boy in the Moon: A Father's Search for His Disabled Son, a memoir about life with his son, Walker, who is afflicted with the extremely rare cardiofaciocutaneous syndrome (CFC). The award is worth $40,000, making it Canada's most lucrative nonfiction prize."

- National Post  [link]

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"Brown's book was chosen by jury members Andreas Schroeder, Vicki Gabereau and Philip Marchand.

The jury considered Canadian non-fiction books published in English between Nov. 1, 2008 and Oct. 31, 2009, which demonstrated 'a high standard of craft and quality of thought, whatever their subject or category within the genre.'"

- Maclean's  [link]

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"Toronto journalist Ian Brown has won British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, Canada's richest non-fiction prize...The book undertakes 'a journey...into deeply touching and troubling territory' as Brown grapples with the question of what his son is trying to show him, the jury wrote in its citation."

- CBC  [link]

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"Ian Brown's The Boy in the Moon: A Father's Search for His Disabled Son has claimed B.C.'s $40,000 National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, the country's most lucrative prize for a non-fiction title. The book tells the story of the author/journalist's son, Walker, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder."

- The Toronto Star  [link]

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"Ian Brown was honoured yesterday with British Columbia's National Award for Canadian non-fiction, this country's largest prize for non-fiction. Brown received a $40,000 prize for his book The Boy in the Moon: A Father's Search for His Disabled Son. The ceremony was held in Vancouver and also celebrated the work's of the three other finalists: Karen Connelly (Burmese Lessons: A Love Story), Eric Siblin (The Cello Suites: J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece) and Kenneth Whyte (The Uncrowned King: The Sensational Rise of William Randolph Hearst.)"

- Montreal Gazette  [link]

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