Groceries and good reads at Loblaw once again


Once again, starting today, some Loblaw banner stores will feature the books that have been shortlisted for the 2013 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize.

"Through a retail arrangement unique among Canadian literary awards, the books nominated for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction are available for sale in Loblaws stores across the country, showcased in prominent floor displays, and promoted in flyers that are seen in millions of Canadian homes," said Mary Osborne, executive director of the Writers' Trust. "The Writers' Trust is excited to be able to bring the Hilary Weston Prize nominees to the attention of a whole new pool of readers thanks to such significant retail support from Loblaws."

Five finalists are up for the prize for nonfiction and were announced by the Writers' Trust of Canada this morning at the Loblaws store at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.

This year's finalists are: Thomas King for The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America (Doubleday Canada); J.B. MacKinnon for The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be (Random House Canada); Graeme Smith for The Dogs are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan (Knopf Canada); Andrew Steinmetz for This Great Escape: The Case of Michael Paryla (Biblioasis); and Priscila Uppal for Projection: Encounters with my Runaway Mother (Dundurn Press).

Nominee Graeme Smith (who lives in Afghanistan), when told about his nomination, said it was wonderful that now his mom can find the book at her local Loblaws.

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Each finalist will receive $5,000, with the eventual prizewinner receiving a total of $60,000. The prizewinner will be announced at a gala presentation in Toronto's Art Gallery of Ontario on October 21.

The Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize is the richest annual literary award for a book of nonfiction published in Canada.

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