Book on Canada’s pursuit of Arctic sovereignty wins prize

The Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Louis S. St-Laurent sails past a iceberg in Lancaster Sound, in July 2008. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)
Historian Adam Lajeunesse has won a $10,000 prize for his book about Canada’s claims to sovereignty in the Arctic.

“Lock, Stock, and Icebergs: A History of Canada’s Arctic Maritime Sovereignty” published by University of British Columbia Press beat four other finalists for the J.W. Dafoe Book Prize for 2017.

‘Thorough, judicious and absorbing’

The jury praised the author’s “detailed account of the policies and issues that relate to a vitally important area that is contested by Canada, Russia, and the United States.” It called the book thorough, judicious and absorbing.

This prize is awarded to the best non-fiction book on Canada, Canadians and/or Canada’s place in the world.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Canada’s foreign affairs minister looks to thaw relations with Russia at Arctic summit, Radio Canada International

Denmark:  Nordics to step up security cooperation on perceived Russian threat, Yle News

Finland: Niinistö plays down possible Trump-Putin meeting in Finland, Yle  News

Iceland:  The Arctic Council at 20 – View from Iceland, Eye on the Arctic

Norway:  Norway and Finland talk Arctic with China, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Putin instructs Government to speed up Arctic development, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Swedish foreign minister to meet Russian counterpart, Radio Sweden

United States: Arctic Council – 20 years in a warming world, Deutsche Welle’s Iceblogger

Lynn Desjardins, Radio Canada International

Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Lynn has dedicated her working life to journalism. After decades in the field, she still believes journalism to be a pillar of democracy and she remains committed to telling stories she believes are important or interesting. Lynn loves Canada and embraces all seasons: skiing, skating, and sledding in winter, hiking, swimming and playing tennis in summer and running all the time. She is a voracious consumer of Canadian literature, public radio programs and classical music. Family and friends are most important. Good and unusual foods are fun. She travels when possible and enjoys the wilderness.

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