Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction Gala
From left: Host Shelagh Rogers, WT Chair Douglas Knight, 2015 Prizewinner Rosemary Sullivan, and prize patron Hon. Hilary M. Weston. (cr. Tom Sandler)
The 2015 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction was awarded at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario on October 6 at a gathering of members of the literary, philanthropic, and visual arts communities. The prize is the richest annual literary award for a book of nonfiction published in Canada.
for Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva (HarperCollins Canada)
Eliott Behar for Tell It to the World: International Justice and the Secret Campaign to Hide Mass Murder in Kosovo (Dundurn Press)
Douglas Coupland for Kitten Clone: Inside Alcatel-Lucent (Random House Canada)
Dean Jobb for Empire of Deception: From Chicago to Nova Scotia – The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated a Nation (Harper Avenue)
Lynette Loeppky for Cease: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Desire (Oolichan Books)
In conjuction with the 2015 prize, the Writers' Trust held a nonfiction writing contest for Canadian high school students. Nico Branham, the 2015 winner, received $2,500 plus $1,000 for her school for her insightful piece, "Outside the Window a Billion Stars Are Moving Past Me at the Speed of Light." Read the top three pieces at writerstrust.com/students.
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Free teaching resources are available at writerstrust.com/education. These resources help high school educators explore contemporary Canadian nonfiction with students by introducing them to books nominated for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction.
About the Honourable Hilary M. Weston, CM, OOnt
Hon. Hilary M. Weston served as the 26th lieutenant-governor of Ontario from 1997 to 2002. As the Queen’s representative in Ontario, Mrs. Weston was responsible for the Crown’s constitutional and representational roles in the province. Since leaving public office, Mrs. Weston has continued to pursue her diverse interests. She led Renaissance ROM, the largest fundraising campaign in Canadian cultural history, transforming the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. She is a trustee of St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle and serves on the board of the Art Gallery of Ontario. Mrs. Weston is also a corporate director of Wittington Investments and Selfridges Group Ltd. She has also served as deputy chair of the board of Holt Renfrew, promoting Canadian designers in the retailing business.
Mrs. Weston founded the Ireland Fund of Canada and remains a patron of this non-denominational organization promoting peace in Ireland. Her interests in homes and gardens resulted in the publication of In a Canadian Garden (1989) and At Home in Canada (1995). She served as first chancellor of the Order of Ontario, was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 2003, and is the recipient of six honorary degrees.
About the Prize
The prize is awarded for literary excellence in the category of nonfiction, which includes, among other forms, personal or journalistic essays, history, biography, memoirs, commentary, and criticism, both social and political. Finalist works will, in the opinion of the jury, demonstrate a distinctive voice, as well as a persuasive and compelling command of tone, narrative, style, and technique. This award succeeds the Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize, which was established in 1997.
To commemorate receiving the prize, the eventual winner will receive a unique sculpture created by award-winning goldsmith, crystal artist, and designer Mark Raynes Roberts. Roberts’ design for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction captures the journey of the writer’s quest for knowledge and aspiration for truth. The sculpture is made up of three crystal books, two lying flat on a slight angle, creating the steps of truth and knowledge. The third and standing book represents the inspirational success of endeavour. Read more about Roberts' work at markraynesroberts.com.