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Journalist Mary Janigan wins Dafoe Book Prize

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TORONTO journalist Mary Janigan has won this year's J.W. Dafoe Book Prize for non-fiction.

Janigan nabbed the $10,000 honour Tuesday for Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark: The West Versus the Rest Since Confederation (Alfred A. Knopf Canada).

The book details the struggle of western provinces to obtain control of their natural resources from Ottawa.

Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark is also a finalist for the $50,000 Donner Prize, which will be handed out on April 25.

"Combining scholarly research with an accessible style, Janigan offers a fresh historical perspective on an enduring tension that is as significant to today's Canada as it was to the Canada of John Dafoe," the Dafoe prize jury said in a statement.

Janigan beat out four other finalists for the Dafoe prize that's named after the esteemed Canadian editor.

The prize will be formally awarded at a dinner on May 15 in Winnipeg.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 10, 2013 D2

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