At Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music earlier this week (November 12), the year's best in Canadian non-fiction was honoured by guests from the Canadian literature world at the Writers' Trust of Canada Hilary Weston Prize Gala. An esteemed jury including Barbara Amiel Black and Seamus O'Regan - who we spoke to about what they were looking for - named Candace Savage's A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape the best non-fiction book of the year (oh, and you can win a signed copy of it).
A Geography of Blood - which also won Savage $60,000 - tells "the deep human story of the Cypress Hills" in Saskatchewan. Candace dug deeper to shine a light on its dark secrets in a book that Shelagh Rogers, the host of CBC Radio One's The Next Chapter, said "makes you want to understand the deeper history of the land that we live on."
We went to the gala to speak with the eventual winner Savage, Hilary Weston herself, Shelagh Rogers and some of the jury members: