Dr. Christopher de Hamel has won the £40,000 (about $51,540) 2017 Wolfson History Prize for his book Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts. The prize recognizes "excellent in accessible and scholarly history.:
Sir David Cannadine, chair of the judges, said: "Christopher de Hamel's outstanding and original book pushes the boundaries of what it is and what it means to write history. By framing each manuscript of which he writes as the story of his own personal encounter with it, he leads the reader on many unforgettable journeys of discovery and learning. Deeply imaginative, beautifully written, and unfailingly humane, Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts distils a lifelong love of these astonishing historical treasures, which the author brings so vividly to life. It is a masterpiece."
Shortlists have been announced for the 2017 Trillium Book Awards, which recognize "literary achievement for a first, second or third published work of poetry." The winning authors, who will be named June 20, receive C$20,000 (about US$14,585) and their publishers $2,500 for marketing and promotion. The Trillium Book Award for Poetry winner gets $10,000, with $2,000 going to the publishers. Check out the English and French language finalists here.
Finalists for the 2017 Locus Awards for science-fiction and fantasy writing may be seen here. Winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle, Wash., June 23-25.