The Court of Better Fiction Shortlisted for the 2020 Arthur Ellis Awards

The Court of Better Fiction Shortlisted for the 2020 Arthur Ellis Awards

Posted on April 24 by Dundurn Guest in Awards, Non-fiction, Recent Releases
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Dundurn Press is excited to congratulate historian and author Debra Komar whose 2019 book The Court of Better Fiction is shortlisted for the 2020 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Nonfiction Crime Book!

The Court of Better Fiction: Three Trials, Two Executions, and Arctic Sovereignty is an analysis of one of Canada’s most troubling court cases, the 1921 case of two Inuit men on trial for murder, and how what Komar calls “a master class in judicial error” was used by the Canadian government to establish their sovereignty over the North. The Court of Better Fiction is a “concise, scathing, and at the same time, sympathetic account of a travesty of justice committed against the Indigenous peoples” (The Miramichi Reader) and we are thrilled to have this important book nominated for the Best Nonfiction Crime Book award.

The Arthur Ellis Awards, established in 1984 and named after the nom de travail of Canada's official hangman, are awarded annually by the CWC to celebrate the best of crime writing in Canada. Winners will be announced in May 2020. Learn more about the Arthur Ellis Awards here.


Debra Komar’s books have won numerous honours, including the Canadian Authors Award for History. A Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, she investigated genocides for the United Nations, testifying as an expert witness at The Hague and across North America.