Monday 26 October 2015

The World's BEST History Authors in Toronto at IFOA and the Cundill Prize. This Weekend and Monday

The World’s Best History Authors Together On Stage
Cundill Prize Finalists to Speak At IFOA Saturday Afternoon!

October 25, 2015  The three finalists for the world’s richest non-fiction book prize – the Cundill – will be on stage together this Saturday afternoon as part of the International Festival of Authors in Toronto.  They will join moderator McGill professor of History, Gil Troy, at 3pm on October 31st at Harbourfront’s Studio Theatre.

The three finalists appearing are:

   Sven Beckert – Empire of Cotton: A Global History (Alfred A. Knopf)
   Susan Pedersen – The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire (Oxford University Press)
   Bettina Stangneth – Eichmann before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer (Bodley Head)            

Harvard Professor Sven Beckert researches and teaches the history of the United States in the nineteenth century, with a particular emphasis on the history of capitalism, including its economic, social, political and transnational dimensions. The Cundill Prize nominated Empire of Cotton: A Global History, is the first global history of the nineteenth century’s most important commodity. The book won the Bancroft Award, The Philip Taft Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Columbia Professor Susan Pedersen specializes in British history, the British Empire, comparative European history, and international history.  Her nominated book is The Guardians:  The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire and details the League of Nations and its impact on the imperial order. Dr. Pedersen is the lone Canadian in the running for the Cundill Prize.  She was born in Japan (her parents were Canadian missionaries) and has retained her Canadian citizenship.

German philosopher Bettina Strangneth has written a book that debunks the myth that Adolf Eichmann was a banal stooge for Hitler.  Her book Eichmann before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer has been translated into English and has been hailed as the most important historical book about  Eichmann in this century.

Moderator Gil Troy is the author of The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s, published by Thomas Dunne Books. He is a Professor of History at McGill University and a Visiting Scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington. He writes a regular column in The Daily Beast and The Jerusalem Post.

 The Cundill Prize in Historical Literature at McGill (Cundill Prize) was established in 2008 to recognize and promote literary and academic achievement in history. The award is offered each year by McGill University to an individual, of any nationality and from any country, who has published a book determined to have had (or likely to have) a profound literary, social and academic impact in the area of history.

Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 3:00 PM
Author appearance, Round table, Special Event: IFOA
Studio Theatre
235 Queens Quay West
Toronto M5J 2G8
Cost: $18/$15 for supporters/FREE for students & youth

Tickets can be purchased online:, over the phone (416 973 4000) or in person at 235 Queens Quay West.

Bettina Stangneth (top), Sven Beckert (left) and Susan Pedersen (right)

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Bettina Stangneth (top), Sven Beckert (left) and Susan Pedersen (right)