Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction Gala
Monday, November 12, 2012
Koerner Hall, Royal Conservatory of Music
Prize patron Hon. Hilary M. Weston with prize winner Candace Savage (Photo credit: Tom Sandler)
The 2012 event for the richest annual literary award for a book of nonfiction published in Canada was held in Toronto’s prestigious Royal Conservatory of Music on November 12, 2012.
Renowned Canadian performers enlivened the evening with dramatic readings of the nominated titles. These special guests were: Kawa Ada, playwright in residence at Cahoots Theatre; Ins Choi, actor and playwright; Gordon Pinsent, revered actor of the stage and screen; Shelagh Rogers, host of CBC Radio One’s The Next Chapter; and Adam Vaughan, Toronto City Councillor.
The winner received $60,000:
A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape
Four finalists for this year’s prize received $5,000 each:
Kamal Al-Solaylee for Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes
Modris Eksteins for Solar Dance: Genius, Forgery, and the Crisis of Truth in the Modern Age
Taras Grescoe for Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile
JJ Lee for The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit (McClelland & Stewart)
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