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Shortlist #1: Burnett & Hay’s Plundering the North

May 28, 2024 / Ariel Gordon / Book Prize

There are five books on the 2024 J.W. Dafoe Book Prize shortlist and today we’re going to highlight Kristin Burnett and Travis Hay’s Plundering the North: A History of Settler Colonialism, Corporate Welfare, and Food Insecurity (University of Manitoba Press). Here’s a Q&A with Burnett and Hay. 1) What were your goals for this book? The research […]

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Shortlist display at McNally’s in Winnipeg!

May 26, 2024 / Ariel Gordon / Book Prize

So if you’re in Winnipeg, McNally Robinson Booksellers has created a display of the 2024 J.W. Dafoe Book Prize shortlist at their Grant Park stores. We appreciate their broad support of reading and writing and of the J.W. Dafoe Book Prize! More about the bookstore: “McNally Robinson is an independent bookseller: family-oriented, committed to the […]

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Dafoe Book Prize Shortlist 2024

May 9, 2024 / Ariel Gordon / Book Prize

The J.W. Dafoe Foundation is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2024 J.W. Dafoe Book Prize. The winner of the prize, now valued at $12,000, will be named June 10. 2024 Shortlist Leo Baskatawang. Reclaiming Anishnaabe Law: Kinamaadiwin Inaakonigewin and the Treaty Right to Education. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press. Ed Broadbent with Frances […]

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Longlist #10: Ken McGoogan’s Searching for Franklin

May 8, 2024 / Ariel Gordon / Book Prize

There are ten books on the 2024 J.W. Dafoe Book Prize longlist and today we’re going to highlight Ken McGoogan’s Searching for Franklin: New Answers to the Great Arctic Mystery (Douglas & McIntyre). Two of Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin’s expeditions were monumental failures—the last one leading to more than a hundred deaths, including his own. […]

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Longlist #9: Benjamin Perrin’s Indictment

May 6, 2024 / Ariel Gordon / Book Prize

There are ten books on the 2024 J.W. Dafoe Book Prize longlist and today we’re going to highlight Benjamin Perrin’s Indictment: The Criminal Justice System on Trial (University of Toronto Press). Based on first-hand interviews with survivors, people who have committed offences, and others on the frontlines, Indictment puts the Canadian criminal justice system on […]

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Longlist #8: John Vaillant’s Fire Weather

May 4, 2024 / Ariel Gordon / Book Prize

There are ten books on the 2024 J.W. Dafoe Book Prize longlist and today we’re going to highlight John Vaillant’s Fire Weather: The Making of a Beast (Penguin Random House Canada). A stunning account of the colossal wildfire at Fort McMurray, and a panoramic exploration of the rapidly changing relationship between fire and humankind from the award-winning, […]

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Longlist #7: Leo Baskatawang’s Reclaiming Anishinaabe Law

May 2, 2024 / Ariel Gordon / Book Prize

There are ten books on the 2024 J.W. Dafoe Book Prize longlist and today we’re going to highlight Leo Baskatawang’s Reclaiming Anishinaabe Law: Kinamaadiwin Inaakonigewin and the Treaty Right to Education (University of Manitoba Press). In Reclaiming Anishinaabe Law Leo Baskatawang traces the history of the neglected treaty relationship between the Crown and the Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty […]

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Longlist #6: Jason Bell’s Cracking the Nazi Code

April 30, 2024 / Ariel Gordon / Book Prize

There are ten books on the 2024 J.W. Dafoe Book Prize longlist and today we’re going to highlight Jason Bell’s Cracking the Nazi Code: The Untold Story of Canada’s Greatest Spy (HarperCollins Canada). In public life, Dr. Winthrop Bell of Halifax was a Harvard philosophy professor and wealthy businessman. But as MI6 secret agent A12, […]

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Longlist #5: Burnett & Hay’s Plundering the North

April 28, 2024 / Ariel Gordon / Book Prize

There are ten books on the 2024 J.W. Dafoe Book Prize longlist and today we’re going to highlight Kristin Burnett and Travis Hay’s Plundering the North: A History of Settler Colonialism, Corporate Welfare, and Food Insecurity (University of Manitoba Press). Food insecurity in the North is one of Canada’s most shameful public health and human […]

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Longlist #4: Julian Sher’s The North Star

April 25, 2024 / Ariel Gordon / Book Prize

There are ten books on the 2024 J.W. Dafoe Book Prize longlist and today we’re going to highlight The North Star: Canada and the Civil War Plots Against Lincoln (Alfred A. Knopf Canada). A riveting account of the years, months and days leading up to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, and the unexpected ways […]

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