Awards

Over the years our books have won many prestigious awards. Most recently, R. Blake Brown’s Arming and Disarming: A History of Gun Control in Canada, won the Canadian Law and Society Association Book Prize and Shelley Gavigan’s Hunger, Horses and Government Men: Criminal Law on the Aboriginal Plains, 1870-1905,  was awarded in 2013 an honourable mention for the MacDonald prize, the most prestigious award of the Canadian Historical Association. It also won the 2013 Clio Prize for the Prairie region from the Canadian Historical Association and an honourable mention for the 2103 Canadian Law and Society Association Book Prize.

Here is a full list of all our award winners:

Canadian Historical Association Awards

John A. MacDonald Prize

Awarded annually by the Canadian Historical Association for the best book in any field of Canadian history.

Winner

Honorable Mentions


Clio Award, Regional History

Winners


Canadian Law and Society Association Book Prize

Canadian Law and Society Association Book Prize

Winners

Honorable Mentions


Ontario Historical Society Awards

J.J. Talman Award

The best book on any aspect of Ontario history in the previous three years.

Winner


Fred Landon Award

The best book on regional history in Ontario in the previous three years.

Winners


Joseph Brant Award

The best book on the province’s multi-cultural history.

Winner


Alison Prentice Award

Best book in women’s history in the preceding three years.

Winners


Other Awards

J. Willard Hurst Prize

J. Willard Hurst Prize of the Law and Society Association, for the best book in English on socio-legal history for any country.

Winner

Honorable Mention


Floyd Chalmers Award

Given annually by the Champlain Society for writing on Ontario history.

Winners


Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction

Finalist


John Wesley Dafoe Book Prize

For distinguished writing on Canada and/or Canada’s place in the world.

Winners


Harold Adams Innis Prize

Given each year for the best English language book supported by the Aid to Scholarly Publications Programme of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Short-listed


Priz Lionel Groulx

Priz Lionel Groulx of the Institut d’histoire de l’Ámerique française, awarded for the best book on the history of French America.

Winner


Charles Taylor Award

Charles Taylor Award for Literary Non-Fiction

Winner


RBC Taylor Prize

RBC Taylor Prize for Non-Fiction

Short-listed


UBC Medal for Canadian Biography

Winner


Drainie-Taylor Prize for Biography

Finalist


City of Toronto Book Prize

Winner


Arthur Ellis Award

For the Best Non-Fiction book.

Winner


Legislative Assembly of Ontario Speaker’s Book Award

Finalists


Donner Prize

For the best book on Canadian public policy.

Finalist


Outstanding Book

Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in the United States “Outstanding Book” award

Winner


Other Honours For Our Authors

The 2014 David W. Mundell Medal was awarded to Jim Phillips, Editor-in-Chief of the Osgoode Society. The Mundell Medal, awarded since 1986, is given annually to an author who has made a distinguished contribution to the law in legal writing. Among the books for which Professor Phillips was given the award are six Osgoode Society books, including Essays in the History of Canadian Law: Volume 10 – A Tribute to Peter Oliver (2008, editor with R. Roy McMurtry and Jack Saywell), and The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia 1754-2004: From Imperial Bastion to Provincial Oracle(2004, editor with Philip Girard and J. Barry Cahill.)

Two other Osgoode Society authors have previously been awarded the Mundell Medal. The 2010 winner was William Kaplan. Among the books for which William Kaplan was given the award are two Osgoode Society books. In 1996 he published Bad Judgment: The Case of Mr. Justice Leo A. Landreville, and in 2009 he published Canadian Maverick: The Life of Ivan C. Rand, our members, book for that year

The Mundell Medal was awarded to another Osgoode Society author, Robert J. Sharpe, in 2009. Among the books for which Mr Justice Sharpe was given the award are three Osgoode Society books: The Last Day, The Last Hour: The Currie Libel Trial; Brian Dickson: A Judge’s Journey (with Kent Roach); and The Persons Case: The Origins and Legacy of the Fight for Legal Personhood (with Patricia McMahon). Since winning the award Justice Sharpe has also published The Lazier Murder: Prince Edward County, 1884 (Osgoode Society, 2011).

One of our most prolific authors, Constance Backhouse, was named to the Order of Ontario in 2010. Professor Backhouse was honoured for her work as scholar, educator, and advocate for womens’ rights. That work includes four Osgoode Society books: Carnal Crimes: Sexual Assault Law in Canada, 1900-1975 (2008); The Heiress versus the Establishment: Mrs. Campbell’s Campaign for Legal Justice(2004, with Nancy Backhouse); Colour-Coded: A Legal History of Racism in Canada, 1900 – 1950 (1999); and Petticoats and Prejudice: Women and Law in Nineteenth-Century Canada (1991).