Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize Finalist

Merrily WeisbordThe Love Queen of MalabarMerrily Weisbord
The Love Queen of Malabar: Memoir of a Friendship with Kamala Das
McGill-Queen’s University Press


About the Book

The late Kamala Das is one of India’s most beloved and controversial literary figures. Dubbed by the tabloid press as “The Love Queen of Malabar,” she was hailed and reviled as the first Indian woman to write a memoir about love and desire. Merrily Weisbord found Das’s work so compelling that she travelled to South India to meet her and initiated a decade-long friendship. In The Love Queen of Malabar, Weisbord elegantly presents new biographical insights and cultural details about Das and India without exoticisation or stereotyping.

About the Author

Merrily Weisbord is an award-winning author, filmmaker, and broadcaster. Her books include Our Future Selves, The Valour and the Horror, 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 is also the author of The Strangest Dream: Canadian Communists, the Spy Trials and the Cold War. Weisbord lives in Montreal.




Woodcock Fund



Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing


September 19 for books published between June 20 and September 18, 2018


Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


July 18 for books published between May 16 and Sept 30, 2018


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