Thursday, September 22, 2011 |
Five authors are vying for the $60,000 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for non-fiction.
The new award, sponsored by former lieutenant governor of Ontario Hilary Weston, replaces the Writers' Trust Prize for non-fiction, which had been without a sponsor since 2008.
The finalists were announced in Toronto in late September. As part of the presentation, CBC journalists and personalities were on hand to read excerpts from the shortlisted book and then interview the writers via Apple's FaceTime. We captured the whole thing on tape for you to enjoy!
The first finalist is Charles Foran for Mordecai: The Life & Times. He was paired with Eleanor Wachtel, host of CBC's Writers & Company.
The inaugural Hilary Weston Prize will be awarded Oct. 25 at a gala ceremony in Toronto.
"Foran's book is IT: the definitive, detailed, intimate portrait of
Mordecai Richler, the lion of Canadian literature, and the
turbulent, changing times that nurtured him. It is also an
extraordinary love story that lasted half a century.
The first major biography with access to family letters and archives. Mordecai Richler was an outsized and outrageous novelist whose life reads like fiction."