In its current incarnation, the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction is only three years old. But while it may still be a figurative toddler, the prize has already carved out a place at the highest and headiest level of literary awards, influencing readers, publishers and industry watchers alike.
Open Book: Toronto is pleased to partner once again with the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction and will be interviewing all five finalists before the October 21, 2013 announcement of the winner.
The prize, founded by former Lieutenant Governor the Honourable Hilary Weston, carries a $60,000 purse for the winner and honours the finest Canadian non-fiction published each year. This year's jury consists of Hal Niedzviecki, Samantha Nutt, Andreas Schroeder, CBC personality Evan Soloman and 2012 prize winner Candace Savage. The award succeeds the previous Writers' Trust Nonfiction Award, which was founded in 1997.
Our first interview in this year's series is with Order of Canada recipient and previous CBC Massey Lecturer Thomas King. Thomas's The Inconvenient Indian (Doubleday Canada) is a complex and nuanced book that boils down to one deceptively simple question: what does it mean to be "Indian" in North America?
Today Thomas speaks to us about marking a moment with ice cream and his own favourite non-fiction picks. Best of all, we get a sneak peek regarding what his next book, a new novel, will be about.
Check out all of Open Book's interviews with finalists through our continuing Weston Words series.