Dr. Fen Osler Hampson and journalist Michael Blanchfield have been nominated for the 2022 Ottawa Book award for English Non-Fiction.  They are among 5 nominees in this category, and winner will be selected on October 19th.

Congratulations Dr. Hampson and Mr. Blanchfield!

About the book

The Two Michaels: Innocent Canadian Captives and High Stakes Espionage in the US-China Cyber War

by Fen Osler Hampson and Mike Blanchfield
Sutherland House

Landing in Vancouver on December 2018, Chinese executive Meng Wanzhou was arrested by Canadian authorities with an American extradition warrant. Meng was accused of fraud and bypassing sanctions against Iran. In an act of retaliation, China arrested two Canadians, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, charging them with spying. Imprisoned and interrogated, the Two Michaels became hostages in a tense showdown.

Fen Osler Hampson is Chancellor’s Professor at Carleton University and President of the World Refugee & Migration Council.

Mike Blanchfield is the international affairs writer for The Canadian Press, based in Ottawa.