Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize finalist: Ray Robertson

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 hosts 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 video and audio for you to enjoy!

Ray Robertson is nominated for Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live, a memoir of his struggle with depression and his thoughts on what brings happiness and fulfillment in life. He was introduced by Paul Kennedy, the host of CBC's Ideas.

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whynotcover.jpgWhy Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live
by Ray Robertson

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From the publisher:

"Shortly after completing his sixth novel, Ray Robertson suffered a depression of suicidal intensity. Central to his recovery was the decision to try to answer two of the biggest questions we can ask. What makes humans happy? And what makes a life worth living?
His answers aren't what you might expect from a mental illness memoir--but they're exactly what you'd expect from Ray Robertson. With the vitality of Nick Hornby and a brashness all his own, Robertson runs his hands over life, death, intoxication, and art. Unashamedly working-class and unabashedly literary, Why Not? is a rolling, rocking, anti-Sisyphean odyssey..."

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