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Finalists for Canada Prizes announced


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OTTAWA, March 25, 2015 – The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2015 Canada Prizes. The Canada Prizes are awarded annually to the best scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences that have received funding from the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program.

Celebrating the best Canadian scholarly books across all the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences, the Canada Prizes are awarded to books that make an exceptional contribution to scholarship, are engagingly written, and enrich the social, cultural and intellectual life of Canada.  This year marks the 25th awarding of these prestigious prizes.

“The humanities and social sciences are in many ways the foundation of everyday life. These exceptional finalists have each in their own way made a contribution to the cultural fabric of Canada,” said Antonia Maioni, president of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. “These books showcase the immense scholarly talent we have in Canada. The Federation is honoured to have presented these prizes for 25 years.”

This year’s finalists are:

Canada Prize in the Humanities

  • Phyllis D. Airhart, A Church with the Soul of a Nation: Making and Remaking the United Church of Canada (McGill-Queen's University Press)
  • Gene Allen, Making National News: A History of Canadian Press (University of Toronto Press)
  • Sandra Campbell, Both Hands: A Life of Lorne Pierce of Ryerson Press (McGill-Queen's University Press)
  • Stephen Henighan, Sandino's Nation: Ernesto Cardenal and Sergio Ramirez Writing Nicaragua, 1940-2012 (McGill-Queen's University Press)
  • Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Jennifer Kramer and Ḳi-ḳe-in, Native Art of the Northwest Coast: A History of Changing Ideas (UBC Press)

Canada Prize in the Social Sciences

  • Michael Asch, On Being Here to Stay: Treaties and Aboriginal Rights in Canada (University of Toronto Press)
  • Caroline Desbiens, Power from the North: Territory, Identity, and the Culture of Hydroelectricity in Quebec (UBC Press)
  • Erika Dyck, Facing Eugenics: Reproduction, Sterilization, and the Politics of Choice (University of Toronto Press)
  • Elizabeth Sheehy, Defending Battered Women on Trial: Lessons from the Transcripts (UBC Press)
  • Ron Williams, for Landscape Architecture in Canada (McGill-Queen's University Press)

Prix du Canada en sciences humaines

  • Yan Hamel, L'Amérique selon Sartre : littérature, philosophie, politique (Presses de l'Université de Montréal)
  • Stéphane Savard, Hydro-Québec et l'État Québécois, 1944-2005 (Éditions du Septentrion)
  • Sherry Simon, Villes en traduction. Calcutta, Trieste, Barcelone et Montréal (Presses de l'Université de Montréal)

Prix du Canada en sciences sociales

  • Frédérick Bastien, Tout le monde en regarde! La politique, le journalism et l'infodivertissement à la télévision québécoise (Presses de l'Université Laval)
  • Jean-Pierre Deslauriers, Les groupes communautaires : vers un changement de paradigme? (Presses de l'Université Laval)
  • Dominique Perron, L’Alberta autophage : identités, mythes et discours du pétrole dans l’Ouest canadien (University of Calgary Press)
  • Géraldine Mossière, Converties à l'islam : Parcours de femmes au Québec et en France (Presses de l'Université de Montréal)

The four winners of the 2015 Canada Prizes will be announced on April 22 and the prizes, each valued at $2,500, will be presented at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library. Hosted jointly by the Federation and York University, and in partnership with the Toronto Public Library, the awards ceremony will feature a keynote address by internationally renowned author M G Vassanji and will be emceed by former CBC correspondent Brian Stewart.

This event is open to the media. To register free of charge, visit:


About the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences promotes research, learning and an understanding of the contributions made by the humanities and the social sciences towards a free and democratic society. Established in 1940, with a membership now comprising 160+ universities, colleges and scholarly associations, the Federation represents a diverse community of 85,000 researchers and graduate students across Canada. The Federation organizes Canada’s largest academic gathering, the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, bringing together more than 8,000 participants each year. For more information about the Federation, visit

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