Since the inaugural Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize was first presented on October 25, 2011, by the Honourable Hilary M. Weston, this new award has become a beacon in the world of Nonfiction writing world wide.
Most recently in front of a star studded literary audience at Koerner Hall located in the Telus Centre for Performance and Learning in Toronto, author Graeme Smith received the coveted award for his book “The Dogs Are Eating Them Now.” This is now Canada’s richest prize for non-fiction, with the author receiving the $60,000 prize and the crystal award by Mark Raynes Roberts entitled “Books of Inspiration”. The design captures the journey of the writer’s quest for knowledge, aspiration for truth and its resultant success. The sculpture combines three crystal books, two lying flat on a slight angle, creating the steps of truth and knowledge with the third book standing representing the success from endeavour.
“This beautiful new award reflects the lot of the author – theirs is a journey requiring much reflection and going back before moving forward. The simplicity of this new award design is testament to the thought and hard work that goes into the work of all artists” commented Mrs. Weston.
Previous winners include Candace Savage for her book “A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape”, and Charles Foran’s “Mordecai: The Life and Times,” which was described by the judges at the time as “an epic work of scholarship and energy, capturing the wit and sincerity of Canada’s most famous literary contrarian.” The biography was also an “authentic portrait” of Richler, according to the jury composed of writers Brian Brett, Devyani Saltzman and Russell Wangersky.
“I am honoured to have this unique opportunity to recognize writers whose work I deeply admire for its quality, range, and eloquence,” said Mrs. Weston. “Our nonfiction writers are held in great esteem around the world, and through this prize we are committed to further enhancing their status and their well-deserved reputation.”