29 writers make the 2017 CBC Nonfiction Prize longlist
Twenty-nine writers have made the longlist for the 2017 CBC Nonfiction Prize. The complete longlist is:
- "Caught" by Sarah Bennett (St. John's, N.L.)
- "Another Absence" by Felix Clarence Berry (Winnipeg, Man.)
- "Trust Exercise" by Becky Blake (Toronto, Ont.)
- "Getaway" by Emma Drummond (Hanover, Ont.)
- "Where the Spine Meets the Head" Phil Dwyer (Toronto, Ont.)
- "Charity's Test" by Ruth Dyck Fehderau (Edmonton, Alta.)
- "The Archaeologist's Last Visit" by Machenka Eriksen (Victoria, B.C.)
- "Enchanted by the Oxford English Dictionary" by Thelma Fayle (Victoria, B.C.)
- "The Loop" by Izzy Ferguson (Dundas, Ont.)
- "Broaching the Darkness" by Linda Glover (Prince George, B.C.)
- "The Plunge" Rena Graham (Burnaby, B.C.)
- "Whitefish Harvest" by Libby Gunn (Gabriola, B.C.)
- "Painting the Curlew" by Matthew Hollett (St. John's, N.L.)
- "Frozen Souls" by Sadie Hunter (Kamloops, B.C.)
- "Bone Shadows" by Basma Kavanagh (Canning, N.S.)
- "Floating on the Fluffy Clouds of Childhood" by Nazima Kowall (White Rock, B.C.)
- "My Brother's Engagement Party" by Joshua Levy (Montreal, Que.)
- "Bell Island" by Samantha Mansfield (Peterborough, Ont.)
- "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth" by Sean Marchetto (Calgary, Alta.)
- "Diving" by Alisha Mascarenhas (Montreal, Que.)
- "Uncle Ray's Thumb" by Lisa McLean (Guelph, Ont.)
- "The Guardian" by Gail Nardi (Whitehorse, Yukon)
- "River Dreams — Learning to Fly-fish in Patagonia" by Christie Pashby (Canmore, Alta.)
- "Changing Connections" by Angela Post (New Westminster, B.C.)
- "The Road to Machu Picchu Starts at 385 lbs" by Carla Powell (Liverpool, N.S.)
- "Mirror Images" by Courtney Racicot (Timmins, Ont.)
- "Sol Niger (Black Sun)" by Ahmad Saidullah (Toronto, Ont.)
- "A Life Less Ordinary" by Saba Taremi (Edmonton, Alta.)
- "Steve" by Terence Young (Victoria, B.C.)
The winner of the 2017 CBC Nonfiction Prize will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, attend a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and have their story published on CBC Books and in Air Canada enRoute magazine. Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and will have their story published on CBC Books.
The finalists and eventual winner will be selected by the jury from this longlist. The 2017 jury is comprised of Carmen Aguirre, Dave Bidini and Charlotte Gray.
The shortlist will be announced on Sept. 12, 2017. The winner will be revealed on Sept. 19, 2017.
The longlist was selected by a team of readers made up of writers and editors from across Canada. This year's panel was Christian Fink-Jensen, Danielle Daniel, Melynda Jarratt, Harold Johnson, Adnan Khan, Sonja Larsen, Philip Moscovitch, Jay Pitter, Laurie Sarkadi and Dorothy Williams.
To see the longlist for the French competition, go to the Prix de la nouvelle Radio-Canada.
The 2016 CBC Nonfiction Prize winner was Leslie A. Davidson for her story "Adaptation".
The CBC Literary Prizes have been recognizing Canadian writers since 1979. Past winners include Michael Ondaatje, Carol Shields, Michael Winter and Frances Itani.