B.C. non fiction prize has 4 titles on long list, including ‘Stalin’s Daughter’

By on December 9, 2015


Rosemary Sullivan's award-winning book, Stalin's Daughter (Photo from Harper Collins website)
Rosemary Sullivan’s award-winning book, Stalin’s Daughter
(Photo from Harper Collins website)

Toronto author Rosemary Sullivan’s award-winning biography on Stalin’s daughter is a finalist for another lucrative prize—British Columbia’s National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.

“Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva” (HarperCollins Canada), which won the $60,000 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction in October, has made the short list for the $40,000 B.C. prize.

It’s also on the long list for the $25,000 RBC Taylor Prize.

Three other titles are on the list for the B.C. prize, which is into its 12th year and is funded by the British Columbia Achievement Foundation.

They include “Stephen Harper” (McClelland & Stewart) by John Ibbitson, a Globe and Mail Writer at Large.

Victoria writer and folklorist Emily Urquhart is a finalist for “Beyond the Pale: Folklore, Family, and the Mystery of Our Hidden Genes” (HarperCollins Canada).

And renowned activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier of Iqaluit, who is an officer of the Order of Canada, made the cut with “The Right to be Cold: One Woman’s Story of Protecting her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet” (Allen Lane).

The winner will be announced on Feb. 4.