The Writers’ Trust of Canada Announces the Jury for the 2014 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction
July 15, 2014 – Toronto – The Writers’ Trust of Canada is proud to announce the three-member jury for the 2014 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. The jurors are: 2011 prize winner Charles Foran; writer and creative writing professor Priscila Uppal; and nonfiction writer Merrily Weisbord.
“It is exciting to know that three such highly acclaimed writers are currently immersed in a year’s worth of new Canadian nonfiction,” said the Hon. Hilary M. Weston. “I look forward to the unveiling of the jury’s shortlist in September, and to sharing the nominated works with readers in Canada and around the world.”
The prize is the richest annual literary award for a book of nonfiction published in Canada, awarding a total of $60,000 to the eventual prize winner and $5,000 to each nominee.
Finalists will be announced on September 17, 2014 at a press conference at Loblaws® store at Maple Leaf Gardens* in Toronto. The prize winner will be announced at a gala presentation in the Art Gallery of Ontario on October 14, 2014.
“The Writers’ Trust is proud to showcase the exceptional work and talent of nonfiction writers in this country,” said Mary Osborne, executive director of the Writers’ Trust. “We are grateful to Mrs. Weston for her vision and personal support in creating such a joyous celebration of the power of nonfiction storytelling, and such a rich opportunity for writers.”
Charles Foran is the author of ten books, both fiction and nonfiction. He won the 2011 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Mordecai: The Life & Times. His fifth novel, Planet Lolita, was released in May. Foran holds degrees from the University of Toronto and University College, Dublin, and is a senior fellow at Massey College. He lives in Toronto.
Priscila Uppal was dubbed “Canada’s coolest poet” by Time Out London, and was Olympic poet-in-residence at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games and the 2012 London Summer Games. Born in Ottawa, Uppal is now a literature and creative writing professor at Toronto’s York University. Her poetry collection Ontological Necessities was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2007. Uppal was a finalist for the 2013 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction for her memoir, Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother. She lives in Toronto.
Merrily Weisbord was a finalist for the 2010 Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize for The Love Queen of Malabar: Memoir of a Friendship with Kamala Das, which is about her decade-long friendship with the beloved and controversial Indian writer. Her other books include The Strangest Dream, Our Future Selves, and Dogs with Jobs, for which Weisbord also wrote and created a TV series that aired on the Life Network, CBC, PBS, Oxygen, National Geographic US, and National Geographic International. She lives in Montreal.
About the Hon. Hilary M. Weston, CM, OOnt
The 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 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 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction 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.
About the Writers’ Trust
The Writers’ Trust of Canada is a charitable organization that seeks to advance, nurture, and celebrate Canadian writers and writing through a portfolio of programs, including literary awards, financial grants, scholarships, and a writers’ retreat. Writers’ Trust programming is designed to champion excellence in Canadian writing, to improve the status of writers, and to create connections between writers and readers. Canada’s writers receive more financial support from the Writers’ Trust than from any other non-governmental organization or foundation in the country.
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