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Levine’s latest makes Dafoe shortlist

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A Winnipeg historian’s literary take on Canada’s longest-serving prime minister has been shortlisted for the 2012 John W. Dafoe Book Prize.

Allan Levine, a history teacher and author of three historical mystery novels, earned the nod for the $10,000 award with his latest book, William Lyon Mackenzie King: A Life Guided by the Hand of Destiny.

He is among five finalists, drawn from 47 entries across Canada. The other four are: Donica Belisle (Retail Nation: Department Stores and the Making of Modern Canada; UBC Press), Richard Gwyn (Nation Maker: Sir John A. Macdonald: His Life, Our Times; Random House Canada), Timothy Wilford (Canada’s Road to the Pacific War: Intelligence, Strategy and the Far East Crisis; UBC Press) and David A. Wilson (Thomas D’Arcy McGee: The Extreme Moderate, 1857-1868; McGill-Queen’s University Press).

The winner will be named later in the spring and receive the award at the J.W. Dafoe Foundation’s Annual Book Prize Dinner in May.

The award memorializes John Wesley Dafoe, a former Winnipeg Free Press editor also known for his advocacy of western development and national independence.

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