Richard Gwyn wins J.W. Dafoe Book Prize

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A biography by Toronto journalist and author Richard J. Gwyn has won this year's J.W. Dafoe Book Prize.

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A biography by Toronto journalist and author Richard J. Gwyn has won this year’s J.W. Dafoe Book Prize.

Gwyn’s $15,000 award is for Nation Maker: Sir John A. Macdonald, His Life, Our Times (published last fall by Random House Canada).

The Winnipeg-based Dafoe prize is given each year to a non-fiction title about Canadian public affairs.

Richard Gwyn has won J.W. Dafoe Book Prize

Gwyn’s work was selected from 47 submissions and a short list of five books. The award will be formally presented on May 14 in Winnipeg.

The prize, administered by the J.W. Dafoe Foundation, memorializes John Wesley Dafoe, one of the most significant Canadian editors of the 20th century.

In his tenure at the Manitoba Free Press, later renamed the Winnipeg Free Press, from 1901-1944, he was known for his advocacy of western development, free trade, national independence and the Commonwealth.

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Updated on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 10:01 AM CDT: adds photo, book cover

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