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Kevin Burns a Finalist in 2017 Ottawa Book Awards

Kevin Burns a Finalist in 2017 Ottawa Book Awards

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Former St. Jerome’s University Board member and Ottawa writer, Kevin Burns has been listed as one of 5 finalists in the non-fiction category of the 2017 Ottawa Book Awards. Burns’ book Henri Nouwen: His Life and Spirit is the biography of Henri Nouwen, a celebrated writer of more than 40 books. Burns served on the St. Jerome’s University Board of Governors for three terms as a Member at Large from 2007-2016.


A Dutch-born psychologist, Catholic priest and successful academic, Nouwen was a wounded, restless soul. Encouraged by Jean Vanier, he moved to Canada to work in the l'Arche Daybreak community in Richmond Hill, Ontario. A decade of intense creative renewal resulted. Since his death in 1996, Nouwen's readership continues to grow. This book, published by Franciscan Media, explores why.


The other 2017 finalists include: Deborah Gorham for Marion Dewar: A Life of Action, Charlotte Gray for The Promise of Canada: 150 Years-People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country, Nathan M. Greenfield for The Reckoning: Canadian Prisoners of War in the Great War, and D. Peter MacLeod for Backs to the Wall: The Battle of Ste-Foy and the Conquest of Canada.


The Ottawa Book Awards / Prix du livre d’Ottawa recognize the top English and French books published in the previous year. Both awards have separate categories for fiction and non-fiction. All shortlisted finalists receive $1,000 and each winner receives a prize of $7,500. Awards will be presented to the winning authors on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.


Earlier this year Henri Nouwen: His Life and Spirit also took third place in the US-based Catholic Press Association (CPA) 2017 Awards Program (biography section). The CPA serves both the US and Canada.


Source: Seven Stories Outreach



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