Margaret Atwood, Peter C. Newman and Kenneth Whyte are among finalists for this year's
Canadian National Business Book Award Finalist (2009)
Atwood is up for Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth (CBC Massey Lecture). Better known for her works of fiction than books about business, Atwood is "an intelligent outsider who seams together patterns and facts that provide context to the current crisis and where it slots into the human experience," said a statement from prize organizers.
Newman is shortlisted for Izzy: The Passionate Life and Turbulent Times of Izzy Asper, Canada's Media Mogul. The book profiles the entrepreneur who founded CanWest Global Communications Corp.
Whyte's book The Uncrowned King: The Sensational Rise of William Randolph Hearst looks at the American tycoon's early life and the growth of his newspaper holdings.
The other finalists are Gordon Pitts for Stampede!: The Rise of the West and Canada's New Power Elite : The True Story of the Man behind Rogers Communications, written by Ted Rogers and Robert Brehl.
The winner, who receives $20,000, will be announced May 7.
The award is sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and BMO Financial Group.