Terese Marie Mailhot, Elizabeth Hay among finalists for $60K Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
The 2018 finalists were chosen by jury members Michael Harris, Donna Bailey Nurse and Joel Yanofsky out of 107 titles submitted by 58 different publishers.
- Michael Harris, Donna Bailey Nurse and Joel Yanofsky to judge 2018 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize
The winner will be announced at the Writers' Trust awards gala on Nov. 7, 2018.
Last year's winner was James Maskalyk for his memoir about spending time in emergency rooms as a medical doctor, Life on the Ground Floor.
Get to know the 2018 finalists below.
In 2015, Montreal-based author Will Aitken journeyed to Luxembourg for the rehearsals and premiere of Anne Carson's translation of Sophokles' 5th-century BCE tragedy Antigone, starring Juliette Binoche and directed by theatrical sensation Ivo van Hove. Antigone Undone is a blend of personal memoir and interview-based journalism.
In All Things Consoled, award-winning novelist Elizabeth Hay turns to nonfiction. Her mother was a financially prudent artist and her father was a schoolteacher with an short fuse, and she had a challenging relationship with both growing up. As Hay shifts from eldest daughter to primary caregiver, old resentments rise to the surface, eventually giving way to greater understanding.
Heart Berries is a moving memoir about a woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island reserve in British Columbia. Mailhot has a difficult childhood, growing up with an activist mother and an abusive and alcoholic father, before being accepted to the Masters of Fine Art program at Institute of American Indian Arts in New Mexico. Her own story continues as she comes to terms with her own mental illness and commits herself to a psychiatric institution.
Judy Rever is an investigative journalist who has covered the Rwandan genocide for decades. In her book In Praise of Blood, she chronicles the complete history of the 1994 genocide. Combining her own journalistic experience with interviews with former soldiers and survivors and through exploring supporting documents from institutions like the UN. Rever makes a compelling and chilling argument that the killing in Rwanda was more complex than originally reported.
This dark, witty and touching memoir by Vancouver-based writer Lindsay Wong takes a look at the impact of mental illness on families. Wong delivers an honest and emotional look at whispered secrets, dysfunctional relationships — and how her grandmother, mother, aunt and even herself initially blamed the mythical "woo-woo," Chinese spirits that plague the living, for their mental health issues. The memoir is equal parts blunt, honest and hilarious.