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Book awards: Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction Shortlist

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Flowers on My Grave: How an Ojibwa Boy's Death Helped Break the Silence on Child Abuse by Ruth Teichroeb1997
Mrs King by Charlotte Gray1997
Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood by Eileen Whitfield1997
Power in the Blood: Land, Memory, and a Southern Family by John Bentley Mays1997
The Circus at the Edge of the Earth: Travels with the Great Wallenda Circus by Charles Wilkins1998
The Follow : A True Story by Linda Spalding1998
Isaiah Berlin, a Life by Michael Ignatieff1998
Progeny of ghosts : travels in Russia and the old empire by David Manicom1998
After Daniel: A Suicide Survivor's Tale by Moira Farr1999
Baltimore's mansion by Wayne Johnston1999
History of Medicine: A Scandalously Short Introduction by Jacalyn Duffin1999
A Story as Sharp as a Knife: The Classical Haida Mythtellers and Their World (Masterworks of the Classical Haida Mythtellers) by Robert Bringhurst1999
The Other Side of Eden by Hugh Brody2000
Out of Poverty: and Into Something More Comfortable by John Stackhouse2000
Sacré Blues: An Unsentimental Journey Through Quebec by Taras Grescoe2000
Saint Saul: A Skeleton Key to the Historical Jesus by Donald Harman Akenson2000
As Near to Heaven by Sea: A History of Newfoundland and Labrador by Kevin Major2001
Jane Austen by Carol Shields2001
The Mummy Congress: Science, Obsession, and the Everlasting Dead by Heather Pringle2001
The Taste of Metal: A Deserter's Story by Jack Todd2001
A Keen Soldier: The Execution of Second World War Private Harold Pringle by Andrew Clark2002
The Mourner's Dance: What We Do When People Die by Katherine Ashenburg2002
Pain: The Fifth Vital Sign: The Science and Culture of Why We Hurt by Marni Jackson2002
A Promise of Salt by Lorie Miseck2002
The End of Elsewhere: Travels Among the Tourists by Taras Grescoe2003
If This Is Your Land, Where Are Your Stories?: Finding Common Ground by J. Edward Chamberlin2003
Sahara: A Natural History by Marq de Villiers2003
Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages by Mark Abley2003
DOWN TO THIS: Squalor and Splendour in a Big-City Shantytown by Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall2004
Jacob's Wound: A Search for the Spirit of Wildness by Trevor Herriot2004
The Shark God: Encounters with Ghosts and Ancestors in the South Pacific by Charles Montgomery2004
What the Stones Remember: A Life Rediscovered by Patrick Lane2004
Dead Man in Paradise by J. B. MacKinnon2005
Race Against Time: Searching for Hope in AIDS-Ravaged Africa (CBC Massey Lecture) by Stephen Lewis2005
Under the Bridge: The True Story of the Mureder of Reena Virk by Reena Virk2005
Of This Earth: A Mennonite Boyhood in the Boreal Forest  by Rudy Wiebe2006
Reluctant Genius: Alexander Graham Bell and the Passion for Invention by Charlotte Gray2006
Ride the Rising Wind by Barbara Kingscote2006
This Is My Country, What's Yours? by Noah Richler2006
The Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History by Katherine Ashenburg2007
Fortune's A River: The Collision of Empires in Northwest America by Barry Gough2007
God's Mercies: Rivalry, Betrayal, and the Dream of Discovery by Douglas Hunter2007
The Lost Coast: Salmon, Memory and the Death of Wild Culture by Tim Bowling2007
Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself by Russell Wangersky2008
Concrete Reveries: Consciousness and the City by Mark Kingwell2008
Gift of Thanks: The Roots, Persistence and Paradoxical Meanings of a Social Ritual by Margaret Visser2008
Under Pressure: Rescuing Our Children from the Culture of Hyper-Parenting by Carl Honore2008
The Cello Suites: J. S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece by Eric Siblin2009
The Dog by the Cradle, the Serpent Beneath: And Other Paradoxes of Human-Animal Relationships by Erika Ritter2009
Grass, Sky, Song: Promise and Peril in the World of Grassland Birds by Trevor Herriot2009
The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World (CBC Massey Lecture) by Wade Davis2009
Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven by Ross King2010
The Love Queen of Malabar: Memoir of a Friendship with Kamala Das by Merrily Weisbord2010
The Ptarmigan's Dilemma: An Exploration into How Life Organizes and Supports Itself by John Theberge2010
Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer's, My Mother, and Me by Sarah Leavitt2010
Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nudist Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound by Grant Lawrence2011
Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe by Charlotte Gill2011
Nation Maker: Sir John A. Macdonald: His Life, Our Times by Richard J. Gwyn2011
Why Not?: Fifteen Reasons to Live by Ray Robertson2011
Intolerable : a memoir of extremes by Kamal Al-Solaylee2012
The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit by J.J. Lee2012
Solar Dance: Van Gogh, Forgery, and the Eclipse of Certainty by Modris Eksteins2012
Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile by Taras Grescoe2012
The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan by Graeme Smith2013
The inconvenient Indian : a curious account of Native People in North America by Thomas King2013
Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother by Priscila Uppal2013
This Great Escape: The Case of Michael Paryla by Andrew Steinmetz2013

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The prize is awarded for literary excellence in the category of nonfiction, which includes, among other forms, works of personal or journalistic essays; memoirs; commentary; and criticism, both social and political; history; and biography. Finalist works will demonstrate a distinctive voice, and a persuasive and compelling command of tone, narrative, style, and technique.

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