Anne Applebaum has won this year's Lionel Gelber literary award.
Applebaum’s Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine was described by the prize committee as "a magnificent book about a globally important issue that everyone should read". The American-Polish journalist and Pulitzer Prize–winning author was awarded a cash prize of $15,000 CDN.
The Lionel Gelber Prize is a literary award for the world’s best non-fiction book in English on foreign affairs "that seeks to deepen public debate on significant international issues".
Founded in 1989 by Canadian diplomat Lionel Gelber, previous prizewinners include Ezra Vogel, Lord Robert Skidelsky, Adam Hochschild and Michael Ignatieff.
Previously editor at The Economist and The Spectator, Applebaum is a columnist for The Washington Post, a Professor of Practice at the London School of Economics, and a contributor to The New York Review of Books. Her previous books include Iron Curtain, winner of the Cundill Prize and a finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize and the National Book Award, and Gulag, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in General Non-Fiction and a finalist for three other major prizes. She lives in Poland with her husband Radek Sikorski, a Polish politician, and their three children.