TORONTO - Thomas King, Priscila Uppal and Andrew Steinmetz are among the finalists for the $60,000 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for non-fiction.
King, a two-time Governor General's Award nominee based in Guelph, Ont., is up for "The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America" (Doubleday Canada), while Ottawa's Steinmetz is being recognized for "This Great Escape: The Case of Michael Paryla" (Biblioasis) and Toronto-based Uppal is nominated for "Projection: Encounters With My Runaway Mother" (Dundurn Press).
Rounding out the nominees are Globe and Mail journalist Graeme Smith for "The Dogs are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan" (Knopf Canada) and Vancouver's J.B. MacKinnon for "The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be" (Random House Canada).
The nominees were chosen by a three-person jury composed of Broken Pencil co-founder Hal Niedzviecki, former Writers' Trust Prize for non-fiction winner Candace Savage and University of British Columbia professor and author Andreas Schroeder.
Two additional jurors will help steer the final decision: War Child Canada founder Samantha Nutt and CBC personality Evan Solomon.
The winner will be announced at a gala at Toronto's Art Gallery of Ontario on Oct. 21.
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