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Peter MacLeod's Backs to the Wall shortlisted for the Ottawa Book Awards

Peter MacLeod's Backs to the Wall shortlisted for the Ottawa Book Awards

September 2017

Congratulations to D. Peter MacLeod, who is a finalist for the 2017 Ottawa Book Awards for Backs to the Wall: The Battle of Sainte-Foy and the Conquest of Canada in the English Non-Fiction category. The Ottawa Book Awards recognize the top English and French books published in the past year by local authors. Finalists include fifteen prominent authors from Ottawa’s thriving literary community.

In Backs to the Wall, MacLeod describes the Battle of Sainte-Foy, which was less a battle for territory than a struggle for survival between two equally desperate adversaries. If the British lost the battle, they would lose Quebec. If the French lost the battle, they would very likely lose Canada--both had their backs to the wall.

MacLeod presents this historical event in riveting detail, from the preparation and day-by-day actions during the engagement to the compelling siege of Quebec by land and ship. Backs to the Wall is an accessible and engaging account of an important episode in Canadian history.

D. Peter MacLeod is the pre-Confederation historian at the Canadian War Museum, where he curated the permanent exhibits on the Seven Years' War and The Battle of the Plains of Abraham. He is currently working as English language style editor for the Canadian History Hall at the Canadian War Museum's partner institution, the Canadian Museum of History. His previous books include The Canadian Iroquois and the Seven Years' War (Dundurn, 2012) and Northern Armageddon (Douglas & McIntyre, 2008). He lives in Ottawa, ON.

The winners of each category will be announced at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, October 18 at 7 pm, which will take place in Jean Pigott Place at Ottawa City Hall. Each winner will receive $7,500, while finalists will each receive $1,000.

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