WINNER  2013 RED MAPLE Non-fiction Ontario Library Association
Bill Swan’s book on Steven Truscott wins RED MAPLE Non- fiction Award Forest of Reading program of the Ontario Library Association Bill Swan has been named winner of the Red Maple non- fiction category of the Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading program for his book on the Steven Truscott story. Swan's book, REAL JUSTICE: Fourteen and Sentenced to Death, was selected from a list of 10 nominees and announced at the OLA's Forest Festival at Toronto Harbourfront in May. The book is the story of Steven Truscott, a Grade 7 student at the Royal Canadian Air Force Base in Clinton, Ont. who in 1959 was charged with the murder of a classmate and sentenced to hang. The case was instrumental in the abolition of the death penalty in Canada. The Forest of Reading program this year nominated 118 books in 8 categories from beginning readers to high school. Winners of each category are selected by young readers voting for their favourite books. Swan was the founding professor of the journalism program at Durham College and taught at Durham for many years. He retired in 1996 as an academic administrator. He is the author of nine middle-grade sports novels and two non-fiction books in the REAL JUSTICE series published by James Lorimer, Toronto. His second book in the series, REAL JUSTICE: Convicted of Being Mi’kmaq was released earlier this year. Winner of the Red Maple fiction award was Oshawa writer Wesley King for his book The Vindico. For more on the Forest of Reading: rest_of_Reading/Welcome.aspx Bill is available for presentations to schools, libraries and interested groups through the Authors’ Booking Service:  of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP). For more information call Bill at 905-434-7183 or email him at
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