Victoria writer Lorna Crozier has been nominated for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, the biggest non-fiction prize for Canadian writers. Crozier is one of five authors shortlisted for the 10th annual award, which comes with a $60,000 top prize. The former University of Victoria writing instructor was nominated for her memoir Through the Garden: A Love Story (with Cats).
The other authors nominated for the prize are Steven Heighton for his memoir Reaching Mithymna, Jessica J. Lee for Two Trees Make a Forest: Travels Among Taiwan’s Mountains & Coasts in Search of My Family’s Past, Tessa McWatt for Shame on Me: An Anatomy of Race and Belonging and David A. Neel for The Way Home. Crozier and her fellow finalists, each received $5,000 for besting more than 100 titles submitted by 65 publishers for the award. The winner will be announced on Nov. 18 at a digital gala viewable at writerstrust.com.
With the postponement of this year’s Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Hilary Weston Prize — the richest annual literary award for a book of non-fiction by a Canadian writer — is now the only national award recognizing Canadian non-fiction published in 2020.