Via the Writers’ Trust of Canada
The Writers’ Trust of Canada is proud to announce the three-member jury for the 2013 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. The jurors are: novelist and cultural critic Hal Niedzviecki; 2012 prize winner Candace Savage; and writer Andreas Schroeder, one of Canada’s most respected creative nonfiction instructors.
“It is exciting to know that the wheels of this year’s prize are set in motion and these three great writers are devouring the many works submitted,” said the Honourable Hilary M. Weston. “I look forward to discovering the titles they nominate for this year’s shortlist, and to sharing them with readers in Canada and around the world.”
The prize is the richest annual literary award for a book of nonfiction published in Canada, awarding $60,000 to the eventual prize winner and $5,000 to each nominee.
Finalists will be announced on September 18, 2013 at a press conference in Toronto. The prize winner will be announced at a gala presentation in the Art Gallery of Ontario on October 21, 2013.
“The Writers’ Trust is proud to showcase the tremendously talented writers of nonfiction we have in this country,” said Mary Osborne, Writers’ Trust executive director. “We are extremely grateful to Mrs. Weston for her vision and personal support in creating such a rich opportunity for our writers.”
Hal Niedzviecki is a writer, cultural critic, and editor. He co-founded Broken Pencil, a literary magazine devoted to underground arts and zine culture. Niedzviecki has published several works of fiction and nonfiction, including Hello, I’m Special: How Individuality Became the New Conformity and The Peep Diaries: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbours, which was adapted into a documentary in 2011. He lives in Toronto.
Candace Savage won the 2012 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction for A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape. She is the author of more than two dozen nonfiction books on an impressive breadth of subjects, from the cosmic science of the aurora to the inner workings of a beehive. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, she splits her time between Saskatoon and Eastend, Saskatchewan.
Andreas Schroeder is a writer of many genres (nonfiction, fiction, journalism, poetry, and translation) who lives in Roberts Creek, British Columbia. He teaches in the University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing Department, where he holds the Rogers Communications Chair in Creative Nonfiction. Schroeder played an instrumental role in the establishment of the Public Lending Right Program, which distributes annual payments to Canadian authors as compensation for the free public access to their books in Canadian public libraries.
For more information on this year’s prize and to download high-resolution images of the jurors, visit writerstrust.com.
About Mrs. Hilary M. Weston, CM, OOnt
Hilary M. Weston served as the 26th lieutenant-governor of Ontario from 1997 to 2002. As the Queen’s representative in Ontario, Mrs. Weston was responsible for the Crown’s constitutional and representational roles in the province. Since leaving public office, Mrs. Weston has continued to pursue her diverse interests. She led Renaissance ROM, the largest fundraising campaign in Canadian cultural history, transforming the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. She is a trustee of St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle and serves on the board of the Art Gallery of Ontario. Mrs. Weston is also a corporate director of Wittington Investments and Selfridges Group Ltd. She has served as deputy chair of the board of Holt Renfrew, promoting Canadian designers in the retailing business.
Mrs. Weston founded the Ireland Fund of Canada and remains a patron of this non-denominational organization promoting peace in Ireland. Her interests in homes and gardens resulted in the publication of In a Canadian Garden (1989) and At Home in Canada (1995). She served as first chancellor of the Order of Ontario, was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 2003, and is the recipient of six honorary degrees.