Thursday, March 11, 2010

Trudeau Biography Wins Prize

Just Watch Me, The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, 1968-2000 by John English is the winner of the Writer's Trust of Canada's $25 000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. It was awarded to the author Wednesday night in Ottawa. This fantastic non-fiction novel was also shortlisted for the prestigious Charles Taylor Prize, a Canadian literary award presented by the Charles Taylor Foundation to the best Canadian work of literary non-fiction.

Just Watch Me; The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, 1968-2000
by John English

From the Publisher

This magnificent second volume, written with exclusive access to Trudeau's private papers and letters, completes what the Globe and Mail called the "most illuminating Trudeau protrait yet written" - sweeping us from sixties' Trudeaumania to his final days when he debated his faith. His life is one of Canada's most engrossing stories. John English reveals how for Trudeau style was as important as substance, and how the controversial public figure intertwined with the charismatic private man...

This is definitely a book to be added to my wish list.

The other novelists shortlisted for this prestigious prize, each receiving $2 500, were:

1) Murder Without Borders: Dying for the Story in the World's Most Dangerous Places
by Terry Gould
Softcover Edition Published August 10, 2010

He looks at the hardships and rewards of being an investigative journalist.

2) Who Are We: A Citizen's Manifesto
by Rudyard Griffith
Softcover Edition Published March 26, 2010

This is about a passionate call for Canadians to reengage with our country and its culture before we fall as a nation.

3) Six Months in Sudan: A Young Doctor in a Wartorn Village
by James Maskalyk
Softcover Edition Published April 13, 2010

His experiences as a doctor working for Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) in the contested border town of Abyei, Sudan.

4) Rene Levesque
by Daniel Polinquin

He was part of the 1960s Quiet Revolution that saw the province of Quebec become a secular society bent on economic success, and for some, political independence.