Once again, as a result of the pandemic, we will not be able to officially reveal the Wilson Book Prize and the Viv Nelles Essay Prize winners at a local watering hole during the CHA. Nevertheless, the show, as they say, must go on and it is our pleasure today to reveal the winners of our 2020 Wilson Book Prize and Viv Nelles Essay Prize. Thank you to all the publishers, authors, and graduate students for sending in your wonderful books, papers, articles, etc. If you want more information about our nominees, please refer to the blog post we published a few months ago.
The winner of the 2020 Viv Nelles Essay Prize is Geneviève Riou, Concordia University, for a paper titled, “D’une île à l’autre: Transnational Activism, Memory, and Other Trajectories in Haitian-Montrealer Life Stories During the Duvalier Era.” Congratulations!
And now … the Wilson Book Prize! Last year’s winner was M. Max Hamon, The Audacity of His Enterprise: Louis Riel and the Métis Nation That Canada Never Was, 1840–1875, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press. And like last year, we asked our Wilson associates to vote on this difficult decision. This year’s competition was extremely tight, with the two books finishing very close.
This year’s winner is: Robert Englebert and Andrew N. Wegmann, eds., French Connections: Cultural Mobility in North America and the Atlantic World, 1600-1875 (Louisiana State University Press).
Congratulations to our winners!
Looking forward to next year:
Graduate Students: if you want your paper to be nominated for the Viv Nelles Essay Prize contact the Wilson Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org
Publishers and Authors: if you want your book(s) to be nominated for the Wilson Book Prize, send them to:
Wilson Institute for Canadian History
L.R. Wilson Hall Room 2802
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4L9
À la prochaine!