White Space by Kevin Chong
2020 CBC Nonfiction Prize longlist
Kevin Chong has made the 2020 CBC Nonfiction Prize longlist for White Space.
The shortlist will be announced on Sept. 24. The winner will be announced on Oct. 1.
Kevin Chong is the author of six books, most recently The Plague, a retelling of Albert Camus' novel of the same name. Based in Vancouver, he teaches creative writing at the University of British Columbia Okanagan.
Entry in five-ish words
"Whiteness, on pages, in cities."
The story's source of inspiration
"I was reading about the 'White Lunch,' a chain of restaurants that used its whites-only staff as a selling point. From there I stumbled on the 1931 murder of a white woman working at a Chinese cafe in a master's thesis by Roseanne Sia."
The winner of the 2020 CBC Nonfiction Prize will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, have their work published on CBC Books and attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity. Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their work published on CBC Books.