Toronto writer Mary Janigan has won the $10,000 2013 J.W. Dafoe Book Prize for Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark: The West versus the Rest Since Confederation, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada.
The book focuses on issues the extended struggle between the West and Ottawa for control of the rich resources of western Canada and touches on controversies over the oil sands and global warming.
"Combining scholarly research with an accessible style, Janigan offers a fresh historical perspective on an enduring tension that is as significant to today's Canada as it was to the Canada of John Dafoe," the jury said in its citation.
Janigan is a journalist who has written extensively about Canadian public policy, including politics and economics, for the Toronto Star, Maclean's and the Globe and Mail.
Her work was selected from 42 submissions and a short list of 5 books.
The prize will be formally awarded at the J.W. Dafoe Foundation’s book prize dinner on May 15 in Winnipeg.
The J.W. Dafoe Book Prize is awarded to the best book on Canada, Canadians, and/or Canada’s place in the world published in the previous calendar year. It is named for John Wesley Dafoe, who was editor at the Manitoba Free Press, later renamed the Winnipeg Free Press, from 1901-1944.