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2018 Book Prize Shortlist Announcement

April 14, 2018 / admin / Uncategorized

Five books drawn from across Canada made the shortlist for the 2018 John W. Dafoe Book Prize from an excellent field of thirty-eight entries.

Tim Cook, Vimy: The Battle and the Legend.  Toronto: Allen Lane. Penguin Canada Group.

Christopher Dummitt, Unbuttoned: The History of Mackenzie King’s Secret Life. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s Press.

Ken McGoogan, Dead Reckoning: The Untold Story of the Northwest Passage. Patrick Crean Editions. Harper Collins.

Tanya Talaga, Seven Fallen Feathers. Toronto: House of Anansi Press.

Mark Zuehlke, The Cinderella Campaign: First Canadian Army and the Battles for the Channel Ports.  Madeira Park, BC: Douglas & McIntyre.

The winner will be named later in the spring and collect the award at the J.W. Dafoe Foundation’s Annual Book Prize Dinner in May.

The book prize memorializes John Wesley Dafoe, one of the most significant Canadian editors of the 20th century. It is one of the richest book awards for non-fiction excellence about Canada, Canadians and the Canadian nation in international affairs. In his tenure at the Manitoba Free Press, later renamed the Winnipeg Free Press, from 1901-1944, Dafoe was known for his advocacy of western development, free trade, and national independence. His case for adoption of the Statute of Westminster by Britain in 1931 advanced the severance of formal ties with Empire and created the eight dominions, which became the nucleus of the present 54-nation Commonwealth.

For questions or further information contact:  Dr. Andrea Rounce, Honorary Secretary

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