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Polar Imperative Nominated for the 2011 J. W. Dafoe Book Prize

Polar Imperative Nominated for the 2011 J. W. Dafoe Book Prize

April 2011

Douglas & McIntyre is pleased to announce that Shelagh D. Grantís Polar Imperative: A History of Arctic Sovereignty in North America has been nominated for the 2011 J. W. Dafoe Book Prize.

The Dafoe Book Prize was inaugurated in 1984 and is awarded annually for outstanding non-fiction writing about Canada, Canadians and the nationís role in international affairs. Valued at $10,000, it is one of the countyís richest book awards. The 2011 shortlist was drawn from a field of 55 entries, making it a very competitive one as well.

The four other nominated titles are The Madman and the Butcher, by Tim Cook (Allan Lane Canada/Penguin); When the State Trembled, by Reinhold Kramer and Tom Mitchell (University of Toronto Press); A Knight in Politics, by Carmen Miller (McGill-Queenís University Press); and Our Man in Tehran, by Robert Wright (HarperCollins Canada).

Based on Shelagh Grantís groundbreaking archival research and drawing on her reputation as a leading historian in the field, Polar Imperative is a fascinating overview of the historical claims of sovereignty over this continentís polar regions. This book will become a standard reference on Arctic history and will redefine North Americansí understanding of the sovereign rights and responsibilities of the continentís northernmost region. Winner of the 2011 Lionel Gelber Prize, Polar Imperative has also been nominated for the CHA Sir John A. Macdonald Prize and Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.

The winner of the 2011 J.W. Dafoe Book Prize will be announced later this spring, and will be awarded at the J. W. Dafoe Foundationís Annual Book Prize Dinner in May.

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