For the second time, the IFOA is delighted to present a panel discussion between the writers nominated for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, Canada’s richest prize for a work of non-fiction, which celebrates personal or journalistic essays, history, biography, memoirs, commentary and criticism, both social and political. Hosted and moderated by Rachel Giese.
The winner of the 2013 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction will be announced on October 21, 2013.
Rachel Giese is an editor-at-large at Chatelaine and a regular contributor and guest host on CBC Radio's Q. Her award-winning journalism has appeared in Toronto Life, The Walrus, Flare, The Globe and Mail, Today's Parent and NewYorker.com. She lives in Toronto with her wife and son.
Thomas King is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter and photographer of Cherokee and Greek descent. For 50 years, he has worked as an activist for Native causes and has taught Native literature and history at universities across North America. He was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2004. King presents both his RBC Taylor Prize-winning book, The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America, and his first literary novel in 15 years, the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction finalist The Back of the Turtle.
J.B. MacKinnon’s first book, Dead Man in Paradise, won the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-fiction. His book The 100-Mile Diet, co-authored by Alisa Smith, was a national bestseller and inspired a TV series about the small town of Mission, BC that learned to eat locally. MacKinnon presents The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be, which has been shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize. The book aims to change the way we see nature and show that in restoring the living world, we are also restoring ourselves.
Andrew Steinmetz’s novel, Eva’s Threepenny Theatre, won the City of Ottawa Book Award and was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. He is also the author of the memoir Wardlife and two collections of poetry, Histories and Hurt Thyself. Steinmetz presents This Great Escape: The Case of Michael Paryla, which has been shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and reconstructs the making of cinema classic The Great Escape. It is a poignant and moving testament to the complexity of human experience, a portrait of a family for whom acting was a matter of survival and proof that our most anonymous, uncredited and undocumented moments can brush against the zeitgeist of world history.