JJ
Lee

Awards

2012 Finalist

Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction

for The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit

Jury Citation

“JJ Lee artfully blends a first-person narrative with a sartorial history of that most symbolic of men’s garments, the suit. The Measure of a Man is a memoir of a dysfunctional, occasionally violent, childhood and a biography of Lee’s alcoholic, immigrant father. It is also the contemporary story of Lee’s apprenticeship at a tailor’s shop. Lee’s disassembly and alteration of a jacket mirrors the reconstruction of his relationship with the suit’s original wearer, his late father. By turns nostalgic and unflinching, these story strands weave together to form a poignant exploration of identity and manhood.” – 2012 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction Jury (James Bartleman, Charlotte Gill, and Marni Jackson)

Honours

2015 Juror

Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction