Books about language rights, education, shortlisted for Donner Prize

TORONTO - Books that explore language rights and how best to educate the next generation are among the titles shortlisted for the Donner Prize.

The $50,000 award recognizes the best public policy book by a Canadian. Each other nominated title receives $7,500.

The short list includes Frederic Berard's "Charte canadienne et droits linguistiques: Pour en finir avec les mythes," from Les Presses de l'Universite de Montreal. It digs into the impact of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms on French language rights in Quebec.

Then there's Kelly Gallagher-Mackay and Nancy Steinhauer's book "Pushing the Limits: How Schools Can Prepare Our Children Today For the Challenges of Tomorrow," from Doubleday Canada, which discusses ways to prepare kids for the unpredictable world that awaits.

The others are: Joshua Newman's "Governing Public-Private Partnerships" from McGill-Queen's University Press; "Too Critical to Fail: How Canada Manages Threats to Critical Infrastructure" by Kevin Quigley, Ben Bisset and Bryan Mills, published by McGill-Queen's University Press; and "Stumbling Giants: Transforming Canada's Banks for the Information Age" by Patricia Meredith and James L. Darroch, from Rotman-UTP Publishing, an imprint of University of Toronto Press.

The winner will be announced May 15 at an awards ceremony in Toronto.


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