BRANDON, MB — The latest book by two of Brandon University’s own — Reinhold Kramer and Tom Mitchell — has been nominated for the 2011 John W. Dafoe Prize. Their collaborative work entitled When the State Trembled: How A. J. Andrews and The Citizens’ Committee Broke The Winnipeg General Strike is one of the five books selected for the shortlist.
These two authors had previously teamed up in 2007. Their efforts became Walk Towards the Gallows: The Tragedy of Hilda Blake, Hanged 1899, which was printed by Oxford University Press. It garnered the Margaret McWilliams Award. An English professor, Dr. Kramer wrote a biography entitled Mordecai Richler: Leaving St. Urbain, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press. It, won the 2008 Gabrielle Roy Prize as well as the 2009 Abe and Fay Bergel Award in Scholarship on a Jewish Subject. As well, Mr. Mitchell, who is also the University’s archivist, worked with former BU professor and municipal politician Errol Black on the book A Square Deal for All: Historical Essays on Labour in Brandon. It was published in 2000.
Since 1984, the Dafoe Book Prize has been awarded annually to writers of non-fiction that focuses on Canada, Canadians and the nation in international affairs. The value of this prize — $10,000 — is one of the most lucrative for non-fiction writers. There are an average of 55 books submitted for consideration every year for this prize. Previous winners include Denis Smith, Dennis & Sheila Whittacker, Jack Granatstein, Christina McCall & Steven Clarkson, Jonathan Vance, Gordon Robertson, Francis M. Carroll. The 2010 winners was marine historian Sean T. Cadigan, who penned Newfoundland and Labrador: A History.
The winner of this year’s John W. Dafoe Prize will be announced in May.
For more information, please contact:
Joanne F. Villeneuve
270 – 18th Street
Brandon, MB R7A 6A9