NATIONAL BUSINESS BOOK AWARD ANNOUNCES FINALISTS
TORONTO, April 22, 2013 –The finalists for this year’s National Business Book Award, one of Canada’s most prestigious literary awards, were announced today by co-sponsors PwC and BMO Financial Group. The $20,000 prize is awarded to the author of the most outstanding Canadian business-related book published in 2012.
This year’s book submissions demonstrated Canada’s talent in top-quality business writers. An independent jury evaluates eligible nominations based on five key criteria including originality, relevance, excellence of writing, thoroughness of research and depth of analysis.
This year’s finalists are:
- Bernie Finkelstein, True North: A Life in the Music Business, published by McClelland & Stewart. Finkelstein, a producer, record-label owner and entrepreneur, recounts his personal story and shares his experiences as he built his career in the beginnings of the Canadian music business. This engaging memoir offers a vivid glimpse into the 1960s and early 1970s music and entertainment scene.
- Chrystia Freeland, Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else, published by Doubleday Canada. Freeland, a journalist, editor and author, explores the economic divide that has emerged between the small number of extremely wealthy individuals and the rest of society. Bringing together the role of technology and globalization, she examines how the combination has created the greatest income gap of time.
- Douglas Hunter, Double Double: How Tim Hortons Became a Canadian Way of Life One Cup at a Time, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. Hunter, an author, chronicles the evolution of Tim Hortons, a franchise operation that has become a part of the Canadian landscape. He sheds light on how the company has evolved into one of the most respected consumer brands in Canada.
- Amanda Lang, The Power of Why, published by Collins, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. Lang, senior business correspondent for CBC News, demonstrates the importance of curiosity and how asking the right questions can lead to creative thinking and innovation, and change in both our business and personal lives. Citing real-life examples of how Canadian companies and organizations have applied creativity to shift their focus, she raises thought-provoking questions encouraging readers to challenge the status-quo.
The National Business Book Award jury is chaired by Roger Martin, Dean, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. The panel includes Jane Cooney, Founder, Books for Business; William Dimma, Chairman Emeritus, Home Capital Group, Inc., Peter Mansbridge, Chief Correspondent, CBC Television Network; Deirdre McMurdy, Adjudicator; and The Honourable Pamela Wallin, Senator.
In its 28th year, the National Business Book Award is an annual celebration of Canadian authors of exceptional non-fiction, business-related books. It continues to gain attention from not only the Canadian business world, but also publishers, authors, journalists, academics, economists, politicians and business leaders around the world.
The winner of the National Business Book Award will be announced on May 28, 2013 at a luncheon in Toronto, hosted by PwC and BMO Financial Group.
Last year’s National Business Book Award winner was Bruce Philp for his book Consumer Republic: Using Brands to Get What You Want, Make Corporations Behave, and Maybe Even Save the World.
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For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Mary Ann Freedman
Freedman & Associates Inc. for the National Business Book Award