About the Lionel Gelber Prize

Gelber Prize Winning Books

The Lionel Gelber Prize, 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, was founded in 1989 by Canadian diplomat Lionel Gelber. A cash prize of $15,000 CDN is awarded to the winner. The award is presented annually by The Lionel Gelber Foundation, in partnership with Foreign Policy magazine and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto.

Anne Applebaum won the 2018 Prize for her book Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine published by Signal/McClelland & Stewart/Penguin Random House.

The Prize marked its 25th anniversary in 2015. In celebration of this important milestone, a commemorative video was produced with five previous winners (including the first winner Jonathan D. Spence) in conversation with John Stackhouse, former editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail newspaper. These compelling conversations explore global change over the past quarter century (1990-2015) through the eyes of these eloquent and insightful writers.

Lionel Gelber Prize