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Stephen R. Bown is the Winner of the 2016 William Mills Prize for Non-Fiction Polar Books

Stephen R. Bown is the Winner of the 2016 William Mills Prize for Non-Fiction Polar Books

July 2016

The Polar Libraries Colloquy and Douglas & McIntyre are pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 William Mills Prize for Non-Fiction Polar Books is White Eskimo: Knud Rasmussen's Fearless Journey into the Heart of the Arctic, by Stephen Bown!

The prize winner was announced at an awards ceremony on July 13, 2016, in Fairbanks, Alaska, at the Polar Library Colloquy's biennial conference. The Polar Libraries Colloquy is an international organization of librarians and others interested in the collection, preservation and dissemination of polar information.

The William Mills Book Prize is awarded every two years and honours the best Arctic or Antarctic non-fiction books published throughout the world. The prize was first presented in 2006. It is named in honour of William Mills, a polar librarian and author, and a core member of the Polar Libraries Colloquy during its formative years. Twenty-one nominations qualified for consideration this year, the most ever since the inception of the prize.

Stephen R. Bown is the author of many other critically acclaimed and award-winning titles including Merchant Kings; Madness, Betrayal and the Lash; and The Last Viking, which was named one of The Globe and Mail's Best 100 Books of 2012. Born in Ottawa, Bown now lives in the Canadian Rockies with his wife and two children.

Stephen Bown's White Eskimo was also a finalist for The Canadian Authors Association Award for Canadian History and an Alberta Literary Award, the Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction.

Congratulations, Stephen!

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