ALL WE LEAVE BEHIND by Carol Off Wins the 2018 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction!

Congratulations to Carol Off, whose book ALL WE LEAVE BEHIND (Random House Canada) has won the 2018 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction! This is one of Canada’s leading literary non-fiction prizes with an award of $40,000.

BC Achievement Foundation Chair, Scott McIntyre says, “Congratulations to Carol Off and all the 2018 finalists. Their work provides a compelling lens into issues and stories that have genuine impact on our everyday life. We are blessed with a remarkable pool of writing talent in Canada, demonstrated by this year’s shortlisted authors.”

The 2018 jury panelists included Jan Walter, Jury Chair, editor, publishing executive, bookseller and former Chair of the Kingston WritersFest Board; Rick Antonson, author, book publisher, lecturer and former CEO of Tourism Vancouver; and, Eliza Reid, co-founder of the Iceland Writers’ Retreat, writer, editor and currently the First Lady of Iceland.

From the Jury: 

All We Leave Behind is a timely memoir that offers both context to and a close-up of uncomfortable truths: the failures of the West’s involvement in Afghanistan, the hurdles confronting refugees who seek safety in Canada, and the dilemma of a combat journalist expected to maintain professional distance from her sources.

Carol Off relied on Asad Aryubwal’s willingness to reveal the crimes of warlords on whom NATO pinned its hopes for stability after the reign of the Taliban, but his on-camera testimony put him and his family at risk. After precarious years in exile, the Aryubwals hoped for refugee status in Canada; Off decided she had to help. Then began a harrowing seven-year battle with corrupt or hostile bureaucracies, abroad and at home. With bracing insight and a skillfully crafted narrative, this work forces a rethinking of our attitudes to those who ask us for sanctuary.

Transatlantic also wishes to congratulate the shortlisted authors.

To read the press release, please visit www.bcachievement.com/nonfiction/winner.php.

A GOOD DEATH by Sandra Martin Wins the 2017 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction!

We are proud to announce that A GOOD DEATH: Making the Most of Our Final Choices (HarperCollins Canada) by Sandra Martin is the winner of the 2017 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction! A jury comprising of Hal Wake, Jan Walter, and John Burns selected Sandra’s book as the winner after considering over 141 books submitted by over 46 publishers. At a ceremony today, she was presented $40,000, one of Canada’s largest book prizes, by Hon. Peter Fassbender, BC’s Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

The Jury Citation:
“Sandra Martin’s A Good Death will make an enormous contribution to our ongoing, often contentious public debate on the issue. Her careful and thorough research provides historical context, legislative precedents, the effect of medical technology and philosophical and religious insights. What truly distinguishes this book is the reportage on individuals and families who have fought to arrange for a better death, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. These firsthand experiences are the beating heart of a timely and powerful examination.”

We would like to offer a huge congratulations to Sandra Martin and the publisher, and all the other authors who were considered!

For further information about the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction please visit www.bcachievement.com. To view the press release, please visit http://www.bcachievement.com/media/news.php?id=146.

A Good Death by Sandra Martin Shortlisted for the 2017 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction

MSAGoodDeathBannerCovWe are proud to announce that A GOOD DEATH: Making the Most of Our Final Choices (HarperCollins) by Sandra Martin has been shortlisted for the 2017 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, which carries one of Canada’s largest book prizes! The shortlist was selected by a jury comprising of Hal Wake, Jan Walter, and John Burns who considered over 141 books submitted by over 46 publishers. The winner will receive $40,000. The jury will announce the winner at a ceremony in Vancouver on January 26, 2017.

The Jury Citation:
“It is a curious paradox that despite the inevitability of death, Martin2014bwit is a subject people would rather avoid talking about. But is there a more important issue for us to resolve than how to find a social consensus on making death more humane? Sandra Martin’s A Good Death will make an enormous contribution to our ongoing, often contentious public debate on the issue. Her careful and thorough research provides historical context, legislative precedents, the effect of medical technology and philosophical and religious insights. What truly distinguishes this book is the reportage on individuals and families who have fought to arrange for a better death, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. These firsthand experiences are the beating heart of a timely and powerful examination.”

We would like to offer a huge congratulations to Sandra Martin and the publisher, and all the other authors who have been shortlisted!

For further information about the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction please visit www.bcachievement.com. To view the shortlist, please visit http://www.bcachievement.com/media/news.php?id=146.

Beyond the Pale Longlisted for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction

Beyond the Pale cover imageWe are thrilled to announce that BEYOND THE PALE: Folklore, Family, and the Mystery of Our Hidden Genes (HarperCollins) by Emily Urquhart has been longlisted for the 2016 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, which carries one of Canada’s largest book prizes!

BEYOND THE PALE follows the author’s journey following the birth of her daughter, who is diagnosed with albinism, across North America and parts of Eastern Africa to discover how we explain human differences by examining a wide range of folklore and cultural beliefs.

The BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, which offers a $40,000 prize, is presented by the British Columbia Achievement Foundation, a foundation that celebrates excellence in the arts, humanities, enterprise, and community service. This year, the 12th year in which this award will be presented, 137 books by 35 publishers were emily-urquhartselected nominated by the prize jury, which includes Anne Giardini, Richard Gwyn, and Hal Wake.

We would like to offer a huge congratulations to Emily Urquhart and the publisher, and all the other authors who have been longlisted!

For further information about the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction please visit www.bcachievement.com. To view the longlist, please visit http://www.bcachievement.com.