25th Trillium Award

Honorable Hilary M. Weston and the Writers’ Trust Present $60,000 Literary Award to Graeme Smith for The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan

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On October 21, 2023 The Writers’ Trust of Canada awarded the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction to Graeme Smith for his account of the Afghan war in The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan (Knopf Canada).

The prize of $60,000 was awarded by Honorable Hilary M. Weston at an event in Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario. The Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction is the richest annual prize for a book of nonfiction published in Canada. Smith also received a crystal sculpture created by Mark Raynes Roberts. The four other finalists, Thomas King for The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America (Doubleday Canada), J.B. MacKinnon for The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be (Random House Canada), Andrew Steinmetz for This Great Escape: The Case of Michael Paryla (Biblioasis) and Priscila Uppal for Projection: Encounters with my Runaway Mother (Dundurn Press) received a $5,000 prize each.

The jury that selected the finalists was composed of novelist and cultural critic Hal Niedzviecki, writer and last year’s prize winner Candace Savage and writer and creative nonfiction writing instructor Andreas Schroeder. Samantha Nutt, founder and executive director of War Child Canada, and CBC broadcast journalist Evan Solomon joined the jury in selecting the winner.

The event, a salon-style gathering of more than 200 guests, was hosted by Shelagh Rogers, broadcast journalist and host of CBC Radio One’s The Next Chapter. It also included special guest actors Ella Ballentine, Sid Bobb, Kevin Bundy, David Ferry and Karen Robinson who did dramatic readings of the nominated titles throughout the evening.

Below are some photos taken at the event. All photos are credited to Tom Sandler.

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