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Globe’s Jeffrey Simpson among Donner Prize finalists

Jeffrey Simpson has been nominated for the 2013 Donner Prize for public-policy writing.

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As it does in politics itself, health care dominates the short list of finalists for the 15th annual Donner Prize for public-policy writing in Canada, with Globe and Mail columnist Jeffrey Simpson's entry, Chronic Condition: Why Canada's Health-Care Systems Needs to Be Dragged Into the 21st Century prominent among the four titles.

Simpson's book will be competing with former Quebec health minister Claude Castonguay's similarly focused Santé: l'heure des choix.

Toronto writer and former Globe and Mail Editorial Board member Mary Janigan impressed judges with Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark: The West Versus the Rest Since Confederation, while University of Waterloo academic Jennifer Clapp earned a place on the list with Hunger in the Balance: The New Politics of International Food Aid.

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One of the richest book awards in Canada, the Donner Prize is worth $7,500 to the nominees and $50,000 to the eventual winner, who will be announced at a ceremony in Toronto April 25.

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