Carol
Off

Awards

2017 Finalist

Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction

for All We Leave Behind: A Reporter’s Journey into the Lives of Others

Jury Citation

“After a 2002 CBC documentary on Afghan warlords exposes Carol Off’s source, Asad Aryubwal, to the wrath of Afghanistan’s new power brokers, Aryubwal and his family are forced to flee. All We Leave Behind follows the desperate family as they become caught up in the largest refugee crisis since the 1940s. With clear, page-turning prose, Off embarks on a rigorous and honest examination of her role in the family’s fate, first as a journalist, but ultimately as a friend, when she crosses the line of dispassionate reportage and becomes deeply involved in their bid to reach Canada. The book is an insightful contemplation of journalism’s mission, and its impact on the lives of the people who dare to speak out in the name of truth.” – 2017 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction Jury (Susan Harada, Arno Kopecky, and Siobhan Roberts)

2017 Finalist

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

for All We Leave Behind: A Reporter’s Journey into the Lives of Others

Jury Citation

All We Leave Behind chronicles reporter Carol Off’s efforts to bring Asad Aryubwal and his family to Canada after he became a target for retribution for speaking to her about the crimes of an Afghani warlord. Off details the hurdles faced over the family’s decade-long campaign to flee their increasingly hostile homeland and how their plight led her to break her own rules of journalistic detachment. At a time when the lines between news and activism are under public scrutiny, Off delivers a nuanced glimpse into how such potentially conflicting interests can play out behind the camera.” – 2017 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing Jury (Taiaiake Alfred, Joseph Heath, and Kady O’Malley)

2006 Finalist

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

for Bitter Chocolate: Investigating the Dark Side of the World’s Most Seductive Sweet

2000 Finalist

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

for The Lion, the Fox, & the Eagle: A Story of Generals and Justice in Rwanda and Yugoslavia