CBC News Last Updated: May 11, 2011 3:23 PM ET
Canada is to have a new $60,000 prize for non-fiction writing beginning this fall, the Writers Trust of Canada announced Wednesday.
The Writers’ Trust Hilary Weston Prize, to be sponsored by former Ontario Lt.-Gov. Hilary Weston, will be Canada’s richest non-fiction prize. British Columbia’s National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction is $40,000 and the Charles Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction is $25,000.
The new award replaces the Writers’ Trust Non-fiction Prize, which was without a sponsor since 2008.
There will be five writers nominated for the award this fall, with the winner taking the top prize and each of the finalists garnering $5,000. The Writers’ Trust also plans a new educational component that will connect the finalists with high school students.
Weston, who ended her term as lieutenant governor in 2002, led the huge fundraising campaign behind Renaissance ROM, which supported the expansion of Royal Ontario Museum, and also serves on the board of the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Married to Galen Weston of Weston Foods, she is also a corporate director of Wittington Investments and Selfridges Group Ltd. She was awarded the Order of Canada in 2005.