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Arno Kopecky shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction

Arno Kopecky shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction

October 2014

Arno Kopecky, author of The Oil Man and the Sea: Navigating the Northern Gateway, has been shortlisted for the 2014 Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction. The shortlisted authors were revealed by the Canada Council for the Arts, which oversees the annual Canadian prize. Winners in each category will receive $25,000 while the rest of the finalists receive $1,000.

Also shortlisted for the Non-Fiction prize are: Michael Harris for The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We've Lost in a World of Constant Connection; Edmund Metatawabin wiht Alexandra Shimo for Up Ghost River: A Chief's Journey through the Turbulent Waters of Native History; and Maria Mutch for Know the Night: A Memoir of Survival in the Small Hours.

The shortlist announcement comes just weeks after Kopecky was named recipient of the 2014 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction.

Part investigative journalist, part travelogue, The Oil Man and the Sea documents Kopecky's sailing of the Northern Gateway Pipeline tanker route in a 41ft sailboat. A work of adventure travel and ecological discovery, the book also unveils the complex social and environmental considerations at the heart of the heated pipeline debate. It was met with favourable reviews and warm praise from literary and environmental communities throughout the country.

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