Winnipeg-based Dafoe Book Prize announces short list

Five authors have made the 2017 short list for the $10,000 John W. Dafoe Book Prize, which was revealed Wednesday.

Short list for $10K prize includes award-winning book on assisted death

John W. Dafoe was one of the most prominent in western Canada during the first half of the 20th century. He served as editor of the Winnipeg Free Press from 1901 to 1944.

Five authors have made the 2017 short list for the $10,000 John W. Dafoe Book Prize, which was revealed Wednesday.

The national book prize recognizes non-fiction about Canada and is named after the long-time editor of the Winnipeg Free Press.

Broadcaster and journalist Sandra Martin is in the running this year for her non-fiction book on assisted death.

A Good Death: Making the Most of Our Final Choices, published by HarperCollins, already won the $40,000 British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.

Other finalists for this year's Dafoe Book Prize include Robert Wright for Trudeaumania: The Rise to Power of Pierre Elliott Trudeau.

John Boyko made the cut for Cold Fire: Kennedy's Northern Front and Asa McKercher is a finalist with Camelot and Canada: Canadian-American Relations in the Kennedy Era.

The short list is rounded out by Adam Lajeunesse for Lock, Stock, and Icebergs: A History of Canada's Arctic Maritime Sovereignty.

The winner will be named later in the spring and get the award at a dinner in May.

with files from CBC News