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Susan Delacourt a finalist for the 2014 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction

Susan Delacourt a finalist for the 2014 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction

September 2014

Susan Delacourt's fifth book, Shopping for Votes is a finalist for the 2014 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction . The prize is awarded to the Canadian book that exhibits literary excellence in non-fiction writing, which includes, among other forms, personal or journalistic essays, history, biography, memoirs, commentary, and criticism, both social and political. Finalist works will, in the opinion of the jury, demonstrate a distinctive voice, as well as a persuasive and compelling command of tone, narrative, style, and technique. This award succeeds the Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize, which was established in 1997. The 2014 jury consists of 2011 prize winner Charles Foran; writer and creative writing professor Priscila Uppal; and nonfiction writer Merrily Weisbord.

Shopping for Votes evolved from the decades of experience Delacourt accrued in the world of political journalism. The changes in how political parties relate to voters, borrowing increasingly from the world of marketing language and methodologies, inspired the author to consider the impact this is having on voters and politicians. This book is an invitation to Canadians, to step into the shopping-mall of politics, where ideas and people are bought and sold, using many of the same techniques of the marketplace. You may never look at a political ad -- or a politician -- the same way again.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at the Weston Family Learning Centre at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. The winner will receive CAD $60,000 and the finalists $5,000.

The nominees for the 2014 2014 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction are:

  • Susan Delacourt, Shopping for Votes: How Politicians Choose Us and We Choose Them. Douglas & McIntyre
  • Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. Knopf Canada
  • Charles Montgomery, Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design. Doubleday Canada
  • Paula Todd, Extreme Mean: Trolls, Bullies, and Predators Online. Signal M&S
  • Kathleen Winter, Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage. House of Anansi Press
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