CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize
Must read nonfiction from CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize readers
Looking for some new great reads? We asked some of the readers for the 2014 CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize to share a nonfiction book they highly recommend.
The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World by Lewis Hyde
Recommended by Trevor Herriot
"I think every creative person should read Lewis Hyde's classic. Beautifully written, cogently argued, it is both an example of fine nonfiction and a manifesto reclaiming art as gift in a world where everything, including art and nature herself, is measured by the calculus of the marketplace."
The M Word: Conversations about Motherhood, edited by Kerry Clare
Recommended by Ayelet Tsabari
"I enjoy creative nonfiction anthologies for their variety of voices and perspectives. I recently became a mother, so I was desperate for other women’s stories about motherhood, wanted to hear about their deepest fears and conflicted emotions, their choice to become child-free, their struggles to conceive. I found the anthology highly satisfying; I laughed out loud and I cried."
The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin
Recommended by Christopher Gudgeon
"Some people want to write travel books, some people want to write literature. Chatwin does both, while pushing the line between fiction and nonfiction as far as possible. It's a long meditation on the walkabout as art form, and the coded confessions of a man trying to stay one step ahead of himself. Paired with Chatwin's lone and maddeningly overlooked Utz and you have a wondrous rainy weekend of reading ahead."
The Boys—Or, Waiting for the Electrician’s Daughter by John Terpstra
Recommended by Cathy Ostlere
"Some books feel like a privilege—an invitation into a private world. In The Boys that world is a family that might have been ordinary except that three brothers have muscular dystrophy. John Terpstra’s memoir about his wife’s brothers, Neil, Paul and Eric, distills the events of a daily care schedule into moments of human vitality and humour. The single sentence that comprises Chapter 45—The beauty of my brothers—evokes the respect, love, and a sense of awe in the face of terminal disease."
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
Recommended by Taiaiake Alfred
"For me, writing is as much a physical act as a mental one. This book by my favourite living author is totally engaging and immensely satisfying for me as both a writer and athlete. It’s a masterpiece by which Murakami conveys the essential interplay of creativity and physicality in his own life and work. I revisit it constantly for inspiration and motivation."