Monday, October 08, 2012

If you love history, read on

Lovers of great history books, awake! Next week, Canada’s Cundill Prize, the richest non-fiction prize in the world ($75,000 to the winner), will announce its list of six books for the 2012 award.

 Someone in a position to have the list is going to publish it here, as a help to those who love history or to those who just like a large read on big subjects.

 A word about the prize. It was established in 2008 by Peter Cundill, a McGill University graduate who set aside money for his alma mater to give this prize in history (he died in January, 2011). The university selects jurors from different countries, usually the United States, Britain and Canada, because the prize goes to the best book written in, or translated into, English in the wide field of history. The general criteria for the shortlisted books and, of course, the eventual winner: a book whose author wears great learning lightly.

Click here to read this article from The Globe and Mail

Click here to visit the Cundill Prize website