Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction

Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction









  • Brian Brett for Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life, published by Greystone Books

  • Wade Davis for The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World, published by House of Anansi Press

  • Trevor Herriot for Grass, Sky, Song: Promise and Peril in the World of Grassland Birds, published by HarperCollins Publishers: A Phyllis Bruce Book

  • Erika Ritter for The Dog by the Cradle, the Serpent Beneath: Some Paradoxes of Human-Animal Relationships, published by Key Porter Books

  • Eric Siblin for The Cello Suites: J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece, published by House of Anansi Press


  • Taras Grescoe for Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood, published by HarperCollins Canada

  • Carl Honoré for Under Pressure: Rescuing Childhood from the Culture of Hyper-Parenting, published by Knopf Canada

  • Mark Kingwell for Concrete Reveries: Consciousness and the City, published by Viking Canada

  • Margaret Visser for The Gift of Thanks: The Roots, Persistence and Paradoxical Meanings of a Social Ritual, published by HarperCollins Canada

  • Russell Wangersky for Burning Down the House: Fighting Fire and Losing Myself, published by Thomas Allen Publishers


  • Katherine Ashenburg for The Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History, published by Knopf Canada

  • Tim Bowling for The Lost Coast: Salmon, Memory and the Death of Wild Culture, published by Nightwood Editions

  • Barry Gough for Fortune’s a River: The Collision of Empires in Northwest America, published by Harbour Publishing

  • Douglas Hunter for God’s Mercies: Rivalry, Betrayal and the Dream of Discovery, published by Doubleday Canada

  • Anna Porter for Kasztner’s Train: The True Story of Rezso Kasztner, Unknown Hero of the Holocaust, published by Douglas & McIntyre


  • Charlotte Gray for Reluctant Genius: The Passionate Life and Inventive Mind of Alexander Graham Bell, published by HarperCollins Canada

  • Barbara Kingscote for Ride the Rising Wind: One Woman’s Journey Across Canada, published by NeWest Press

  • Noah Richler for This is My Country, What’s Yours? A Literary Atlas of Canada, published by McClelland & Stewart

  • Dragan Todorovic for The Book of Revenge: A Blues for Yugoslavia, published by Random House Canada

  • Rudy Wiebe for Of This Earth: A Mennonite Boyhood in the Boreal Forest, published by Knopf Canada


  • Rebecca Godfrey for Under the Bridge: The True Story of the Murder of Reena Virk, published by HarperCollins

  • Stephen Lewis for Race Against Time, published by House of Anansi Press

  • J.B. MacKinnon for Dead Man in Paradise, published by Douglas & McIntyre

  • John Vaillant for The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed, published by Knopf Canada


  • Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall for Down to This: Squalor and Splendour in a Big-City Shantytown, published by Random House Canada

  • Elaine Dewar for The Second Tree: Of Clones, Chimeras, and Quests for Immortality, published by Random House Canada

  • Trevor Herriot for Jacob’s Wound: A Search for the Spirit of Wildness, published by McClelland & Stewart

  • Patrick Lane for There is a Season: A Memoir in a Garden, published by McClelland & Stewart

  • Charles Montgomery for The Last Heathen: Encounters With Ghosts and Ancestors in Melanesia, published by Douglas & McIntyre


  • Mark Abley for Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages, published by Random House Canada

  • J. Edward Chamberlin for If This Is Your Land, Where Are Your Stories? Finding Common Ground, published by Knopf Canada

  • Brian Fawcett for Virtual Clearcut: Or, the Way Things Are in My Hometown, published by Thomas Allen Publishers

  • Taras Grescoe for The End of Elsewhere: Travels Among the Tourists, published by Macfarlane Walter & Ross/McClelland & Stewart

  • Marq de Villiers and Sheila Hirtle for Sahara: A Natural History, published by McClelland & Stewart


  • Katherine Ashenburg for The Mourner’s Dance: What We Do When People Die, published by Macfarlane Walter & Ross

  • Andrew Clark for A Keen Soldier: The Execution of Second World War Private Harold Pringle, published by Knopf Canada

  • Marni Jackson for Pain: The Fifth Vital Sign, published by Random House Canada

  • Jake MacDonald for Houseboat Chronicles: Notes from a Life in Shield Country, published by McClelland & Stewart

  • Lorie Miseck for A Promise of Salt, published by Coteau Books


  • Clark Blaise for Time Lord, published by Knopf Canada

  • Kevin Major for As Near to Heaven by Sea, published by Penguin Canada

  • Heather Pringle for The Mummy Congress, published by Penguin Canada/Viking

  • Carol Shields for Jane Austen, published by Penguin Canada/Viking

  • Jack Todd for The Taste of Metal: A Deserter’s Story, published by HarperFlamingo Canada


  • Donald Harman Akenson for Saint Saul: A Skeleton Key to the Historical Jesus, published by McGill-Queen's University Press

  • Hugh Brody for The Other Side of Eden: Hunters, Farmers and the Shaping of the World, published by Douglas & McIntyre

  • Taras Grescoe for Sacré Blues:An Unsentimental Journey Through Quebec, published by Macfarlane, Walter & Ross

  • Erna Paris for Long Shadows: Truth, Lies and History, published by Knopf Canada

  • John Stackhouse for Out of Poverty: And into Something More Comfortable, published by Random House Canada


  • Robert Bringhurst for A Story as Sharp as a Knife: The Classical Haida Mythtellers and Their World, published by Douglas & McIntyre

  • Jacalyn Duffin for History of Medicine: A Scandalously Short Introduction, published by University of Toronto Press

  • Modris Eksteins for Walking Since Daybreak, published by Key Porter Books

  • Moira Farr for After Daniel: A Suicide Survivor’s Tale, published by HarperFlamingo Canada

  • Wayne Johnston for Baltimore’s Mansion: A Memoir, published by Knopf Canada


  • Michael Ignatieff for Isaiah Berlin: A Life, published by Penguin Canada

  • David Manicom for Progeny of Ghosts: Travels in Russia and the Old Empire, published by Oolichan Books

  • Linda Spalding for The Follow, published by Key Porter Books

  • Rudy Wiebe and Yvonne Johnson for Stolen Life: A Journey of a Cree Woman, published by Knopf Canada

  • Charles Wilkins for The Circus at the Edge of the Earth, published by McClelland & Stewart


  • Charlotte Gray for Mrs. King: The Life and Times of Isabel Mackenzie King, published by Penguin Canada

  • Ernest Hillen for Small Mercies: A Boy After War, published by Penguin Canada

  • John Bentley Mays for Power in the Blood: Land, Memory, and a Southern Family, published by Penguin Canada

  • Ruth Teichroeb for Flowers on My Grave, published by HarperCollins Publishing

  • Eileen Whitfield for Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood, published by Macfarlane Walter & Ross



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