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Hilary Weston and The Writers' Trust announce big, new Non-Fiction Prize

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Hilary Weston and The Writers' Trust announce big, new Non-Fiction Prize

We love this story — fantastic news this week for non-fiction authors and readers, and for Canadian publishing as a whole. On Wednesday at the beautiful Holts Cafe, the always graceful Hon. Hilary M. Weston, former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Member of the Order of Canada, and Peter Kahnert, Writers’ Trust Chair and Senior Vice President, Raymond James Ltd, announced the launch of The Writers’ Trust Hilary Weston Prize.

The Weston Prize is very generous, providing $60,000 to the eventual winner. Up to four finalists will each receive $5,000. The prize will be presented this fall in Toronto at a gala event honouring and celebrating the prize finalists.

Kirstine Stewart, Executive Vice-President of English Services at the CBC, also spoke, to announce that the CBC will be a promotional partner with the Writers’ Trust Hilary Weston Prize. The Writers' Trust noted an additional education component will be developed to provide Canadian high schools with resources to connect the Prize finalists and their writing with young readers.

"Our writers are held in great esteem world-wide for the quality and range of their ideas and ability to express them," said Mrs. Weston. "I am honoured to have this unique opportunity to recognize our writers and contribute to meaningful efforts aimed at further enhancing the status of nonfiction writers in Canada and around the world."

This award succeeds the Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize, which was without a sponsor since 2008.

"This generous sponsorship, combined with Mrs. Weston’s personal support, leadership and partnership, is transformational in taking our efforts to a whole new level of excellence to reward and recognize some of our finest writers," said Mr. Kahnert. "This new award will help shine a light on great Canadian writers and their writing for many years to come."

The Writers' Trust does outstanding work championing Canadian writers. For more information, please check out their website.

Photo Credit: Tom Sandler Photo

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