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2014 Finalists Announced for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction

The Writers' Trust of Canada and Hon. Hilary M. Weston announced the five finalists for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction today at the Loblaws store at Maple Leaf Gardens. The Hilary Weston Prize is the richest annual literary award for a Canadian work of nonfiction, with each finalist receiving $5,000 and the winner receiving $60,000.

The 2014 Giller Prize Longlist Has Been Announced

The longlist for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize was announced today in Montreal. This year's jury, made up of Canadian author Shauna Singh Balwdwin, British novelist Justin Cartwright and American writer Francine Prose, read 161 eligible books submitted by 63 publishers before selecting the twelve longlisted titles.

On top of the exciting longlist announcement, Giller Prize founder Jack Rabinovitch revealed that the prize money has doubled this year to $140,000, with $100,000 being awarded to the winning author and $10,000 going to each finalist.

The finalists will be revealed on Monday, October 6 in Toronto.

The Dirty Dozen, with Christine Fischer Guy

Christine Fischer Guy's debut novel, The Umbrella Mender (Wolsak & Wynn), has already piqued our interest with its mysterious and beautiful book trailer (which you can see here), so we're especially excited to talk to her today. The Umbrella Mender tells the story of Hazel, who is looking back on her long life from a hospital bed. Once a nurse in remote Moose Factory, Ontario, Hazel battled an epidemic of tuberculosis on the front lines even as language and cultural tensions threatened to erupt in the region.

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