Thomas King Wins the 2014 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction

thomas kingBritish Columbia Achievement chair Keith Mitchell is pleased to announce that Thomas King has won the 2014 British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction for The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America.

King was presented with the $40,000 prize by Hon. Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development at a ceremony that also celebrated finalists Carolyn Abraham for The Juggler’s Children: A Journey into Family, Legend and the Genes that Bind Us; J. B. MacKinnon for The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be; Margaret MacMillan for The War That Ended Peace; and Graeme Smith for The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan.

BC Award for Non Fiction
2014 recipient Thomas King with Hon. Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development (r).

“It's now been a decade that the British Columbia Achievement Foundation’s National Book Award has honoured Canada’s foremost non-fiction writers,” said chair Keith Mitchell. “The 2014 finalists join a truly impressive group of writers recognized by the BC National Award program over time. Congratulations to Thomas King and to all the finalists.”

The 2013 jury panel members for the BC National Award are: Jared Bland, books editor at The Globe and Mail; Daphne Bramham, a columnist for The Vancouver Sun and a critically acclaimed author; and Anna Porter, an award-winning novelist, non-fiction writer, and respected Canadian publisher.

The jury cited The Inconvenient Indian as a “wry, iconoclastic, and important book that challenges us to think differently about both the past and the future."

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