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.