Nov 07, 2012
By Scott Walker
A former Canadian diplomat’s tale of his experience being held by kidnappers in Africa is in the running for one of Canada’s top non-fiction literary prizes.
Robert Fowler’s A Season of Hell: My 130 Days in the Sahara with Al Qaeda is on the long list for the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.
Journalist Nahlah Ayed also made the list with her memoir, A Thousand Farewells: A Reporter’s Journey from Refugee Camp to the Arab Spring. It’s also in the running for the Governor General’s Literary Award.
A total of ten books made the long list for the $40,000 award. The short list will be announced December 4th, and the prize will be awarded at a gala in Vancouver early next year.