The Writers’ Trust has announced four finalists for the first $ 60,000 Balsillie Prize for Public Policy.
The award recognizes non-fiction books that advance political discussions on social, political, economic and cultural topics that are relevant to Canadians. It is funded by tech entrepreneur Jim Balsillie as part of his $ 3 million pledge to support Canadian literature.
The preselected books are:
- Innovation in real places: strategies for prosperity in an unforgiving world, by Dan Breznitz (Oxford University Press)
- Time to borrow: the next great earthquake in North America, by Gregor Craigie (Goose Lane Editions)
- Neglecting: The Urgent Need to Improve the Lives of Canada’s Seniors Following a Pandemic, by AndrÃ© Picard (Random House Canada)
- “Indian” in Cabinet: Speaking the Truth to Power, by Jody Wilson-Raybould (HarperCollins)
The jury, made up of author and physician Samantha Nutt, policy expert Taki Sarantakis and digital strategist Scott Young, selected the finalists from 69 titles submitted by 34 publishers. Each finalist receives $ 5,000.
The winner will be announced online on November 24.