Candace Savage wins Weston Prize

Litfest chose its authors well this year! Several authors were nominated for major prizes this fall and Candace Savage, who appeared at A Brunch of Writers and Fauna, has won the prestigious Hilary Weston Prize for Nonfiction. The announcement was made Monday evening in Toronto.

Candace won for her book A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape published by Greystone Books and the David Suzuki Foundation. The Weston Prize is administered by the Writers' Trust of Canada and, at $60,000, is the richest literary prize for nonfiction in Canada.

JJ Lee, another featured author at LitFest 2012, was also on the shortlist for his book Measure of a Man. Finalists each receive $5000.

The jury for the prize featured yet another LitFest 2012 author, Charlotte Gill. Her fellow jurors were James Bartleman, Marni Jackson, Barbara Amiel Black and Seamus O'Regan.