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Debra Komar wins 2016 Canadian Author Award

The winners of the 2016 Canadian Authors Awards

were announced on Saturday at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre during the Canadian Writers' Summit.

Included in this year’s recipients was The Bastard of Fort Stikine: The Hudson's Bay Company and the Murder of John McLoughlin, Jr., which won the 2016 Canadian Authors Award for Canadian History.

The third installment in a four-part series from renowned forensic anthropologist Debra Komar, The Bastard of Fort Stikine unearths a shocking true story of murder and deception at the heart Hudson’s Bay Company history. Using modern forensic science, including ballistics, virtual autopsy, and crime scene reconstruction, Debra Komar unlocks the mystery of what really happened the night John McLoughlin, Jr. — the chief trader for the Hudson’s Bay Company at Fort Stikine — was shot to death by his own men in a murder mystery that spans 170 years.

Also shortlisted in the Canadian History category were Stephen R. Bown for White Eskimo: Knud Rasmussen's Fearless Journey into the Heart of the Arctic (Douglas and McIntyre) and Christopher Moore for Three Weeks in Quebec City (AllenLane Canada).

Bestowed annually since 1975, the Canadian Authors Awards recognize writers who achieve excellence without sacrificing popular appeal. For more information about the Canadian Authors Association, please visit

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