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Ana Siljak nominated for Charles Taylor Prize

 
2009-01-07

Queen's History professor Ana Siljak is among three finalists vying for the prestigious Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-fiction with her book Angel of Vengeance: The “Girl Assassin” the Governor of St. Petersburg, and Russia's Revolutionary World. Dr. Siljak provides an account of Vera Zasulich, a Russian Marxist who murdered a powerful Russian Aristocrat and was put on trial for her crime in 1878.

Ana Siljak

 

Queen's History professor Ana Siljak is among three finalists vying for the prestigious Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-fiction with her book Angel of Vengeance: The “Girl Assassin” the Governor of St. Petersburg, and Russia's Revolutionary World. Dr. Siljak provides an account of Vera Zasulich, a Russian Marxist who murdered a powerful Russian Aristocrat and was put on trial for her crime in 1878.

“I am pleasantly surprised and greatly honoured to make the final cut for such a prestigious award,” says Dr. Siljak. “My goal in writing Angel of Vengeance was to combine painstaking research with a writing style that could enliven 19th-century Russian life for modern readers and bring out the contemporary resonance of the forgotten history of Russian terrorism. I am gratified that, in their notes on the selection of my book, the jury appreciated both aspects of my work.”

The shortlist of finalists was pared down from a total of 135 books submitted by 43 publishers. Also competing for the $25,000 grand prize are Elizabeth Abbott with her book, Sugar: A Bittersweet History and Tom Cook with Shock Troops: Canadians Fighting the Great War, 1917-1918. All three finalists present historical accounts, which contrasts from nominations in previous years where themes were of a more personal or familial nature and more memoir-oriented.

“In general, I was impressed that the jury was not afraid to select three serious works of history as candidates for the prize,” said Dr. Siljak.

The winner will be announced at a luncheon at Toronto's Le Meridien King Edward Hotel on Feb. 9. Each runner-up will receive $2,000. The event will be broadcasted live on CBC Radio One's Ontario Today.

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