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Dr. Alan Walker – Governor General’s Literary Award Nominee

Alan Walker, Professor Emeritus of McMaster’s School of the Arts, was recently nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award in Non-Fiction for his work Fryderyk Chopin (A Life and Times).

From CBC Books:

Based on ten years of research and a vast cache of primary sources located in archives in Warsaw, Paris, London, New York, and Washington, D.C., Alan Walker’s Fryderyk Chopin is the most comprehensive biography of the great Polish composer to appear in English in more than a century. Walker’s work is a corrective biography, intended to dispel the many myths and legends that continue to surround Chopin. Fryderyk Chopin is an intimate look into a dramatic life; of particular focus are Chopin’s childhood and youth in Poland, which are brought into line with the latest scholarly findings, and Chopin’s romantic life with George Sand, with whom he lived for nine years.

Comprehensive and engaging, and written in highly readable prose, the biography wears its scholarship lightly: this is a book suited as much for the professional pianist as it is for the casual music lover. Just as he did in his definitive biography of Liszt, Walker illuminates Chopin and his music with unprecedented clarity in this magisterial biography, bringing to life one of the nineteenth century’s most confounding, beloved and legendary artists. (from Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

The winner will be announced on Oct. 29, 2019.

Governor General’s Literary Awards Finalists 2019