Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction

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The Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction is a Canadian literary award, presented annually by the Writers' Trust of Canada to the best work of non-fiction by a Canadian writer.

Canada's most lucrative non-fiction prize, the winner receives a prize of C$60,000 and all finalists receive C$5,000.[1][2]

Sponsorship history[edit]

First established in 1997, the award's original corporate sponsor was Viacom. Pearson Canada, an educational book publishing company, took over the award in 1999, and Nereus Financial, a stock brokerage, became the sponsor from 2006 to 2008. After Nereus dropped its sponsorship, the award had no corporate sponsor until 2011,[3] when philanthropist and former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Hilary Weston was announced as the award's new sponsor.[1]

Prior to Weston's patronage of the award, the prize was C$15,000 for the winner and C$2,000 for the finalists.

Nominees and winners[edit]

Year Winner Nominated
1997 Blue ribbon Ernest Hillen, Small Mercies: A Boy After War
1998 Blue ribbon Rudy Wiebe and Yvonne Johnson, Stolen Life: The Journey of a Cree Woman
1999 Blue ribbon Modris Eksteins, Walking Since Daybreak: A Story of Eastern Europe, World War II and the Heart of our Century
2000 Blue ribbon Erna Paris, Long Shadows: Truth, Lies and History
2001 Blue ribbon Clark Blaise, Time Lord
2002 Blue ribbon Jake MacDonald, Houseboat Chronicles: Notes from a Life in Shield Country
2003 Blue ribbon Brian Fawcett, Virtual Clearcut, or The Way Things Are in My Hometown
2004 Blue ribbon Elaine Dewar, The Second Tree: Of Clones, Chimeras, and Quests for Immortality
2005 Blue ribbon John Vaillant, The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed
2006 Blue ribbon Dragan Todorovic, The Book of Revenge
  • Charlotte Gray, Reluctant Genius: The Passionate Life and Inventive Mind of Alexander Graham Bell
  • Barbara Kingscote, Ride the Rising Wind: One Woman’s Journey Across Canada
  • Noah Richler, This is My Country, What’s Yours? A Literary Atlas of Canada
  • Rudy Wiebe, Of This Earth: A Mennonite Boyhood in the Boreal Forest
2007 Blue ribbon Anna Porter, Kasztner's Train: The True Story of Rezso Kasztner, Unknown Hero of the Holocaust
  • Katherine Ashenburg, The Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History
  • Tim Bowling, The Lost Coast: Salmon, Memory and the Death of Wild Culture
  • Barry Gough, Fortune’s a River: The Collision of Empires in Northwest America
  • Douglas Hunter, God’s Mercies: Rivalry, Betrayal and the Dream of Discovery
2008 Blue ribbon Taras Grescoe, Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood
2009 Blue ribbon Brian Brett, Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life
  • Wade Davis, The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World
  • Trevor Herriot, Grass, Sky, Song: Promise and Peril in the World of Grassland Birds
  • Erika Ritter, The Dog by the Cradle, the Serpent Beneath: Some Paradoxes of Human-Animal Relationships
  • Eric Siblin, The Cello Suites: J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece
2010 Blue ribbon James FitzGerald, What Disturbs Our Blood: A Son's Quest to Redeem the Past
  • Ross King, Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven
  • Sarah Leavitt, Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer's, My Mother and Me
  • John Theberge and Mary Theberge, The Ptarmigan's Dilemma: An Exploration into How Life Organizes and Supports Itself
  • Merrily Weisbord, The Love Queen of Malabar: Memoir of a Friendship with Kamala Das
2011 Blue ribbon Charles Foran, Mordecai: The Life & Times
2012 Blue ribbon Candace Savage, A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape[4]
  • Kamal Al-Solaylee, Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes
  • Modris Eksteins, Solar Dance: Genius, Forgery, and the Crisis of Truth in the Modern Age
  • Taras Grescoe, Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile
  • JJ Lee, The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit
2013 Blue ribbon Graeme Smith, The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan
  • Thomas King, The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America
  • J.B. MacKinnon, The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be
  • Andrew Steinmetz, This Great Escape: The Case of Michael Paryla
  • Priscila Uppal, Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother
2014[5] Blue ribbon Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate[6]
2015[7] Blue ribbon Rosemary Sullivan, Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva[8]
  • Eliott Behar, Tell it to the World: International Justice and the Secret Campaign to Hide Mass Murder in Kosovo
  • Douglas Coupland, Kitten Clone: Inside Alcatel-Lucent
  • Dean Jobb, Empire of Deception: From Chicago to Nova Scotia – The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation
  • Lynette Loeppky, Cease: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Desire
2016 Blue ribbon Deborah Campbell, A Disappearance in Damascus: A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War[9]
  • Ian Brown, Sixty: A Diary of My Sixty-First Year: The Beginning of the End or the End of the Beginning?
  • Matti Friedman, Pumpkinflowers: An Israeli Soldier’s Story
  • Ross King, Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies
  • Sonja Larsen, Red Star Tattoo: My Life as a Girl Revolutionary
2017[10] Blue ribbon James Maskalyk, Life on the Ground Floor: Letters from the Edge of Emergency Medicine[11]
  • Ivan Coyote, Tomboy Survival Guide
  • Kyo Maclear, Birds Art Life: A Field Guide to the Small and Significant
  • Carol Off, All We Leave Behind: A Reporter's Journey into the Lives of Others
  • Tanya Talaga, Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City
2018 Blue ribbon Elizabeth Hay, All Things Consoled: A Daughter’s Memoir
  • Will Aitken, Antigone Undone: Juliette Binoche, Anne Carson, Ivo Van Hove, and the Art of Resistance
  • Terese Marie Mailhot, Heart Berries
  • Judi Rever, In Praise of Blood: The Crimes of the Rwandan Patriotic Front
  • Lindsay Wong, The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family
2019 Blue ribbon Jenny Heijun Wills, Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related[12]


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