Skip to main content

Canadian author Naomi Klein is seen here in Toronto Thursday Sept 11, 2014.

Tim Fraser/The Globe and Mail

Hailed as a "groundbreaking" book and a "magisterial response to a present crisis," Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate was awarded the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction at a ceremony in Toronto on Tuesday.

Ms. Klein, a journalist, filmmaker and activist whose previous books include No Logo and The Shock Doctrine, receives $60,000 for winning the richest literary prize for a work of non-fiction published in Canada.

"I have to believe this is some kind of sign of the times that this happened," Ms. Klein said on accepting the award. "I don't know what it means, but I feel like there is a deep desire for change in this country."

Story continues below advertisement

Afterwards, reflecting on the importance of her win, she said that "for a book with as radical a message as mine, it's pretty important, because it says even people on the other side [of the climate change debate] should read it."

A jury of authors, Priscila Uppal, Merrily Weisbord, and Charles Foran, the winner of the prize in 2011 for his biography of Mordecai Richler, selected the five finalists. CBC broadcaster Peter Mansbridge and filmmaker Deepa Mehta joined them to choose a winner. In their citation, the jury members praised Ms. Klein's "urgency and outrage," which they said was "balanced by meticulous documentation and passionate argument."

"You go for the book that makes you sit up and think," Mr. Mansbridge said. "The book that is well written. Those are the ones that should win the day, and has won the day here."

The other finalists for the prize, which was established by the former lieutenant-governor of Ontario, were Susan Delacourt for Shopping for Votes: How Politicians Choose Us and We Choose Them; Charles Montgomery for Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design; Paula Todd for Extreme Mean: Trolls, Bullies, and Predators Online; and Kathleen Winter for Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage. They each receive $5,000.

Last year's prize was won by former Globe and Mail correspondent Graeme Smith for The Dogs are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan.

Report an error Editorial code of conduct
Comments

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff.

We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate. That means:

  • Treat others as you wish to be treated
  • Criticize ideas, not people
  • Stay on topic
  • Avoid the use of toxic and offensive language
  • Flag bad behaviour

Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed.

If your comment doesn't appear immediately it has been sent to a member of our moderation team for review

Read our community guidelines here

Discussion loading ...

Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback@globeandmail.com. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters@globeandmail.com.