Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Presentation of the 2013 Lionel Gelber Prize

Mar 25, 2013, 10:01 ET from Canadian Heritage

OTTAWA, March 25, 2013 /CNW/ - The Lionel Gelber Foundation today recognized outstanding literature with the presentation of the 2013 Lionel Gelber Prize. This award honours English-language non-fiction books about issues of worldwide interest. I would like to recognize this year's recipient, Chrystia Freeland, for her work, Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else. Chrystia Freeland is an example of the strength and creativity of Canada's authors. I also commend all the finalists who were nominated for the award: Anne Applebaum for Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956, Paul Bracken for The Second Nuclear Age: Strategy, Danger, and the New Power Politics, Kwasi Kwarteng for Ghosts of Empire: Britain's Legacies in the Modern World, and Pankaj Mishra for From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade.

The prize, founded in 1989 by Canadian diplomat and author Lionel Gelber, is presented annually by the Lionel Gelber Foundation along with the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs and the Washington-based magazine Foreign Policy.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate this year's winner and finalists, whose enlightened perspectives and unique passion for writing reach out to readers around the world.

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