2019 FinalistHilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction
for Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me: Depression in the First Person
"Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me: Depression in the First Person is as gripping a memoir as it is a commanding work of journalism. With a scope that ranges from intimate to panoramic, Anna Mehler Paperny expands outward from her own struggles with suicidal thoughts to explore the dizzying array of medical anti-depression treatments that are available around the world. Personable and passionate — and full of raucous, life-affirming humour — the book casts much-needed light on one of the most persistent and mystifying diseases of our time. This is an urgent read in societies such as ours, where, directly or otherwise, everyone’s life is increasingly affected by depression."
— 2019 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction Jury (Ivan Coyote, Trevor Herriot, and Manjushree Thapa)