Making the announcement, Allan Gotlieb, Chairman of the Donner Canadian Foundation said, “The Donner Prize annually rewards excellence and innovation in Canadian public policy writing; inspiring lively debate on public policy issues and rewarding provocative and excellent work that speaks to an informed readership and an open exchange of ideas and public debate. "
The announcement described Chasing a Mirage as "a fascinating book that seeks to differentiate between the Islamic State and the state of Islam."
Although "Chasing a Mirage" has won rave reviews around the world, being shortlisted for the Donner Award is its crowning glory. The award not only accords serious recognition to the book's subject matter, it validates my critique of the Islamist agenda.
A translation of the book will be published next month in Malaysia for the East Asian market while negotiations are underway for a paperback edition in Pakistan for the South Asian market, which includes India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State by Tarek Fatah (John Wiley & Sons, Canada)
Arctic Front: Defending Canada in the Far North by Ken S. Coates, P. Whitney Lackenbauer, William R. Morrison & Greg Poelzer (Thomas Allen Publishers)
Fixing the Future: How Canada’s Usually Fractious Governments Worked Together to Rescue the Canada Pension Plan by Bruce Little (Rotman / University of Toronto Press Publishing)
The Limits of Boundaries: Why City-regions Cannot be Self-governing by Andrew Sancton (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry: The Deception Behind Indigenous Cultural Preservation by Frances Widdowson & Albert Howard (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
Commenting on the shortlist, the Chairman of the jury, Grant Reuber described the titles as having met the criteria of "outstanding books on issues that Canadians think and care about."
The Donner Prize was established in 1998 to recognize and reward the best public policy thinking, writing and research in Canada. The books in the 2008-2009 shortlist were chosen from among 69 submissions. The winner of this year’s Donner Prize will be announced at an awards ceremony in Toronto on Thursday, April 30, 2009. The winner will receive $35,000, with $5,000 awarded to the other finalists.