The Fifth Annual Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize For NonFiction@AGO(Tues.,Oct.6th,2015) Chan

By Nicholas Chan

It was the Fifth Annual Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize For NonFiction at the Art Gallery Of Ontario. The shortlist of Canadian literary nonfiction writer included:Eliott Behar for Tell It To The World,Douglas Coupland for Kitten Clone:Inside Alatel-Lucent,Dean Jobb for Empire of Deception:From Chicago to Nova Scotia, Lynette Loeppky:Cease:A Memoir of Love,Loss and Desire and the 2015 winner:Rosemary Sullivan foir Stalin’s Daughter:The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva.

This “prize is awarded for literary excellence in the category of nonfiction, 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.”
Hon. Hilary M. Weston served as the 26th Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario from 1997 to 2002. As the Queen’s representative in Ontario, Mrs. Weston was responsible for the Crown’s constitutional and representational roles in the province. Since leaving public office, Mrs. Weston has continued to pursue her diverse interests. She led Renaissance ROM, the largest fundraising campaign in Canadian cultural history, transforming the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. She is a trustee of St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle and serves on the board of the Art Gallery of Ontario. Mrs. Weston is also a corporate director of Wittington Investments and Selfridges Group Ltd. She has also served as deputy chair of the board of Holt Renfrew, promoting Canadian designers in the retailing business.
The Weston family, Conrad Black and Natasha Koifman were in attendance plus many members of the Canadian literary, philanthropic, and visual arts communities gathered for the awarding of the richest annual literary award for a book of nonfiction published in Canada. A big thank you goes out to Jennifer Bassett of Bassett Events and Publicist for The Writers’ Trust of Canada: Becky Toyne for the invite and hospitality.