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The 2015 jury included past nonfiction prize finalists JJ Lee, Noah Richler, and Merrily Weisbord:
JJ Lee grew up on Montreal’s South Shore and currently lives in New Westminster, BC. He studied fine arts at Concordia University and holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of British Columbia. His acclaimed memoir, The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit, was shortlisted for the 2012 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. JJ’s fashion and personal essays are published in The National Post and Elle Canada. Recently, his memoir piece, “ELLE First: You are beautiful,” tied for gold at the 2011 National Magazine Awards for Best Short Feature.
Noah Richler was raised between Montreal and London, England, where he worked as a producer for BBC Radio for many years before returning to Canada in 1998. His father is famous Canadian novelist Mordecai Richler. Noah has been books editor and literary columnist for the National Post and was a finalist for the 2006 Nereus Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction for This is My Country, What’s Yours? A Literary Atlas of Canada. His most recent book, What We Talk About When We Talk About War was a finalist for the 2012 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. He currently lives in Toronto.
Merrily Weisbord was a finalist for the 2010 Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize for The Love Queen of Malabar: Memoir of a Friendship with Kamala Das, which is about her decade-long friendship with the beloved and controversial Indian writer. Her other books include The Strangest Dream, Our Future Selves, and Dogs with Jobs, for which Weisbord also wrote and created a TV series that aired on the Life Network, CBC, PBS, Oxygen, National Geographic US, and National Geographic International. She lives in Montreal.