The Dogs Are Eating Them Now by Graeme Smith


The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan by Graeme Smith

Updated: October 22, 2013

Foreign correspondent Graeme Smith's emotional, compelling account of his experiences covering the war in Afghanistan has been awarded this year's Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction.

Smith, whose book The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan was released in late-September, was presented with the $60,000 prize at a gala in the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto on Monday night. The other shortlisted authors received $5,000:

  • Thomas King for The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America
  • J.B. MacKinnon for The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be
  • Andrew Steinmetz for This Great Escape: The Case of Michael Paryla
  • Priscila Uppal for Projection: Encounters with my Runaway Mother

You can learn more about all the shortlisted books at our special Weston Prize site.

The award jury, which included Hal Niedzviecki, last year's winner Candace Savage, Andreas Schroeder, and additional jurors War Child Canada director Dr. Samantha Nutt, and CBC's Evan Solomon, described Smith's book as "a graphic but determinedly even-handed memoir that does much to counter the reams of official spin this topic has endured over the years."

For many years Smith was the only reporter living full time in Afghanistan, and in The Dogs are Eating Them Now he provides a highly personal account of what it's like to live in a war zone. He tells stories from back alleys, cockpits and prisons that reveal corruption, the tribalism of power structures and the economics of the drug trade.

Check back soon for a Q&A with Smith following his Weston Prize win. In the meantime, you can listen to an interview he did about his book and his experiences with The Current.


Graeme Smith on The Current

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