Thursday, October 6, 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 video and audio for you to enjoy!
Richard Gwyn is nominated for Nation Maker: Sir John A. Macdonald, the second volume of his biography of Canada's first prime minister. He was introduced by CBC Toronto anchor Dwight Drummond.
You can listen to the audio of the entire segment below.
"John A. Macdonald, Canada's first and most important prime minister, is the man who made Confederation happen, who built this country over the next quarter century, and who shaped what it is today. From Confederation Day in 1867, where this volume picks up, Macdonald finessed a reluctant union of four provinces in central and eastern Canada into a strong nation, despite indifference from Britain and annexationist sentiment in the United States."
Read more at Random House.