From one man's poignant and intimate recollections about growing up on the shores of Lake Ontario, to another's recounting of four Hamilton murders and the ensuing work of police to another's provocative and profound review of the scientific and social history of blood, the finalists for this year's Non-fiction category for the Hamilton Literary Awards are all examples of true and compelling tales matching that of any work of fiction.
This House Is Condemned represents a hard-hitting and heart-felt testament by author David Haskins to a life lived on the edge of Lake Ontario. It is an exploration of the currents of humor and sadness that flow through both his physical landscape and his memory of it. Within the book, Haskins combines a myriad of forms, from fictionalized prose to personal essays to poetic interludes, to capture the geographic impact of the lakeside environment on the human condition and his own personal journey from childhood to adulthood.
Lawrence Hill's Blood: The Stuff of Life is a meditation and examination on the power of blood. Written as a series of essays for the CBC Massey Lectures, Hill boldly breaks down ideas of identity, belonging, gender, race, class, citizenship, and nationality by looking at the scientific and social history of blood. Through his examination of how it liquid pulses through the veins society, Hill offers a profound insight into ways that blood both unites and divides us all.
Death's Shadow is Jon Wells' taut and visceral recounting of four harrowing stories of murder and justice in Hamilton. Collected from his multi-part series from the Hamilton Spectator, Wells shines a light on the details of these crimes while focusing on both the investigations by police and the unheard voices of the surviving family and friends of the victims. What emerges is an intimate yet captivating addition to Canadian true crime writing.
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