Sandra Martin Wins the 2017 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction


Sandra MartinBritish Columbia Achievement Foundation Chair, Scott McIntyre, is pleased to announce that Sandra Martin has won the 2017 British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction for A Good Death: Making the Most of Our Final Choices.

Martin was presented with the $40,000 prize by Hon. Peter Fassbender, BC's Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development at a ceremony that also celebrated finalists Taras Grescoe for Shanghai Grand: Forbidden Love and International Intrigue on the Eve of the Second World War; Robert Moor for On Trails: An Exploration; and, Alexandra Shimo for Invisible North: The Search for Answers on a Troubled Reserve.

The jury cited:
"Sandra Martin's A Good Death will make an enormous contribution to our ongoing, often contentious public debate on the issue. Her careful and thorough research provides historical context, legislative precedents, the effect of medical technology and philosophical and religious insights. What truly distinguishes this book is the reportage on individuals and families who have fought to arrange for a better death, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. These firsthand experiences are the beating heart of a timely and powerful examination."


BC Award for Non Fiction
2017 recipient Sandra Martin with Hon. Peter Fassbender, BCs Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development



FPHLCCThe Foundation wishes to thank Shaw for broadcasting this event


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