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Ian Brown was a finalist for the 2016 RBC Taylor Prize for Sixty. He won the Charles Taylor Prize, Trillium Book Award, and the BC National Award for Canadian Nonfiction for his previous book, The Boy in the Moon, in 2010. He is a feature writer for The Globe and Mail, and his work has won seven Gold National Magazine Awards and four National Newspaper Awards. Brown lives in Toronto.


Ian Brown and his award-nominated memoir "Sixty"

Award History

2016 Finalist

Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction
for Sixty: A Diary of My Sixty-First Year: The Beginning of the End or the End of the Beginning?

Jury Citation

“Dark, funny, moving, compelling, Ian Brown’s Sixty is his intimate conversation with readers about life, love, regret, aging, and the inevitable changes time brings as he explores his own 61st year. Brown is that rare, brave writer who is willing – and able –not only to dig deeply and honestly into his own psyche, dreams, fears, and fantasies, but then to write about them in ways that are both intensely personal and also wisely universal.” – 2016 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction Jury (Carolyn Abraham, Stephen Kimber, and Emily Urquhart)