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2015 Cundill Prize

Posted on September 22nd, 2015

Winner of the 2015 Cundill Prize

Susan Pedersen- The Guardians:The League of Nations and Crisis of Empire (Oxford University Press)

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Video of the event can be found here  (password: cundill)

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2015 CUNDILL PRIZE IN HISTORICAL LITERATURE

  • Sven Beckert – Empire of Cotton: A Global History (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • Susan Pedersen – The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire (Oxford University Press)
  • Bettina Stangneth – Eichmann before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer (translation by Dr. Ruth Martin) (Bodley Head)

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SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED FOR 2015 CUNDILL PRIZE IN HISTORICAL LITERATURE

The six books vying for the 2015 Cundill Prize in historical literature were announced today by Professor Hudson Meadwell, Interim Dean of McGill University’s Faculty of Arts.  The six shortlisted titles, chosen from a field of 159 submissions, are: 

  • Sven Beckert – Empire of Cotton: A Global History (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • Susan Pedersen – The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire (Oxford University Press)
  • Claudio Saunt – West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776 (W. W. Norton & Company)
  • Stuart B. Schwartz – Sea of Storms: A History of Hurricanes in the Greater Caribbean from Columbus to Katrina (Princeton University Press)
  • Bettina Stangneth – Eichmann before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer (Bodley Head)
  • Nikolaus  Wachsmann – KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps (Little, Brown Book Group)

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2015 Cundill Prize Awards Ceremony

On November 2, 2015, The Cundill Prize in Historical Literature at McGill will announce the 2015 Cundill Prize winner at the annual Cundill Prize awards ceremony. The three finalists for the 2015 Prize will be announced in early October.

This year’s ceremony will be hosted by writer Charlotte Grey. Read Charlotte’s bio below.

 

 

Charlotte Gray photo - credit Valberg Imaging

Charlotte Gray is one of Canada’s best-known writers, and author of nine acclaimed books of literary non-fiction. Her most recent book is The Massey Murder, co-published by Harper Collins Canada and The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History. Longlisted for the B.C. Non-fiction Award and short-listed for the RBC Taylor Prize and the Canadian Authors Association 2014 Award for History, it won the Canadian Authors Association Lela Common Award and an Arthur Ellis Award for Non-fiction. Her other bestsellers include Gold Diggers, Striking It Rich in the Klondike (the basis of the US Discovery Channel series Klondike), Sisters in the Wilderness and Reluctant Genius: The Passionate Life and Inventive Mind of Alexander Graham Bell. 

Born in Sheffield, and educated at Oxford University and the London School of Economics, Charlotte came to Canada in 1979.She is an adjunct research professor at Carleton University,  a member of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.


 

It is with sadness that we share the news that Prof. Lisa Jardine has passed away.  In addition to her many accomplishments, Lisa Jardine was the 2009 winner of the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature and served as a Cundill Prize juror in 2010.

Lisa Jardine was professor of renaissance studies at University College London and an honorary fellow of the Royal Society, was praised as “inspirational” and a “brilliant communicator”.  She served as chair of the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) from 2008 to 2014 and was a trustee of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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