Ian Brown Wins Canada's Largest Non-Fiction Award

British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction - Canada's largest non-fiction prize - was awarded on January 15, 2010 to Ian Brown for his book, The Boy in the Moon: A Father's Search for His Disabled Son.

We are very pleased to announce that Mr. Brown received the Charles Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction on February 8th. Winning both of Canada’s major non-fiction prizes is unique in the history of the respective awards. Our congratulations to Mr. Brown for his extraordinary achievement.

BC Award for Non Fiction
2010 recipient Ian Brown with Premier Gordon Campbell (l) and BC Achievement Foundation Chair, Keith Mitchell (r).

ian brownJury Citation
A wrenching, heartbreaking but also remarkably hard-headed inquiry into the purpose and value of a disabled life - from the perspective of a father determined to understand, support and celebrate the struggles of his severely handicapped son. Ian Brown writes with a ruthless but eloquent honesty about a subject we too often sentimentalize, or, worse, sweep under the carpet.

Brown was presented with the $40,000 prize in Vancouver at a ceremony that also celebrated the other three finalists for the award: Karen Connelly for Burmese Lessons: A Love Story, Eric Siblin for The Cello Suites: J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece, and Kenneth Whyte for The Sensational Rise of William Randolph Hearst.

"I congratulate Ian Brown and all of the finalists for their exceptional books - and for what it took to write them. These books are excellent indicators of the quality of non-fiction being published in Canada today," said Premier Gordon Campbell. "It's an honour to present an award for such an important literary genre in our country."

The 2010 jury for the B.C. Award consisted of Andreas Schroeder (chair), author, television, and radio host; Vicki Gabereau, award-winning television and radio personality; and Philip Marchand, author, book columnist, and magazine writer. The jury cited Brown's The Boy in the Moon for being a book that undertakes "a journey...into deeply touching and troubling territory" as Brown grapples with the question of what his son is trying to show him. Ian's son, Walker, was born with a genetic mutation so rare that doctors call it an orphan syndrome. "All I really want to know is what goes on inside his off-shaped head," he writes, "But every time I ask, he somehow persuades me to look into my own."

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