Creative Nonfiction Prize
Meet the jury for the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize
Last week, we introduced you to the shortlisted authors for the 2011-2012 Creative Nonfiction Prize (and let you read their stories). Today, we reveal the three jury members who determined the shortlist... and will choose the winner.
Presenting the three jury members for the 2011-2012 CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize:
Charles Foran was born and raised in Toronto. He holds degrees from the University of Toronto and the University College, Dublin, and has taught in China, Hong Kong, and Canada. He has published ten books, including four novels, and writes regularly for magazines and newspapers in Canada and elsewhere. He is a contributing reviewer for The Globe and Mail and has won various awards for his work. You can learn more about his books on his website and read samples of his recent journalism and uncollected fiction. Charles has also made radio documentaries for the CBC program Ideas and recently co-wrote the TV documentary Mordecai Richler: The Last of the Wild Jews. A former resident of Montreal, where he was a columnist for The Gazette and reported on Quebec for Saturday Night Magazine, Charles currently resides in Peterborough, Ontario, with his family.
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Charlotte Gill is the author of Eating Dirt, a tree-planting memoir nominated for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize, the Charles Taylor Prize, and two B.C. Book Prizes. It was the 2012 winner of the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. Her previous book, Ladykiller, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and winner of the B.C. Book Prize for fiction. Her work has appeared in Best Canadian Stories, The Journey Prize Stories, and many magazines. She lives on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.
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Marina Nemat was born in 1965 in Tehran, Iran. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, she was arrested at the age of sixteen and spent more than two years in Evin, a political prison in Tehran, where she was tortured and came very close to execution. She came to Canada in 1991 and has called it home ever since. Her memoir of her life in Iran, Prisoner of Tehran, was published in Canada by Penguin Canada in April 2007, has been published in 28 other countries, and has been an international bestseller. MacLean’s Magazine has called it “ one of the finest (memoirs) ever written by a Canadian.” Prisoner of Tehran has been shortlisted for many literary awards, including the Young Minds Award in the UK and the Borders Original Voices Award in the US. On December 15, 2007, Marina received the inaugural Human Dignity Award from the European Parliament, and in October 2008, she received the prestigious Grinzane Prize in Italy. In 2008/2009, she was an Aurea Fellow at University of Toronto’s Massey College, where she wrote her second book, After Tehran: A Life Reclaimed, which was published by Penguin Canada in September 2010 and has so far been published in four countries. Marina has spoken at high schools, universities, and conferences around the world.
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