Award News: 2013 Ottawa Book Award

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Award News: 2013 Ottawa Book Award

Posted on September 28 by Michael Petrou
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Leading journalist Michael Petrou has been shortlisted for the Ottawa Book Award in the non-fiction category for his book, Is This Your First War? Travels Through the Post-9/11 Islamic World. Petrou was nominated alongside Donna Naughton, Robert Sibley, Jefferey Simpson, and Lane Tanguay. The award is presented by the City of Ottawa to the best English and French language books written each year by an Ottawa-based author.

Drawing on his experiences traveling in the Middle East, Is This Your First War details a world in the midst of great turmoil and tells the stories of people who have long been held down by dictatorship and extremism and who are finally beginning to shake themselves free.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 22nd in an awards ceremony at the Shenkman Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Michael Petrou

Posted by Dundurn Guest on October 30, 2014
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Michael Petrou

Michael Petrou, an award-winning senior writer at Maclean's, has covered wars and conflicts across Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. He is the author of Renegades: Canadians in the Spanish Civil War, and holds a doctorate in modern history from the University of Oxford. Petrou lives in Ottawa.