‘Dragons’ Den’ judge Arlene Dickinson up for $30K business book award


TORONTO — Entrepreneur Arlene Dickinson’s guide to making a professional pivot is among the finalists for the National Business Book Award.

The “Dragons’ Den” judge’s memoir-meets-business-manual, “Reinvention: Changing Your Life, Your Career, Your Future,” is one of four titles shortlisted for the $30,000 honour.

University of Toronto professor Wendy Dobson is nominated for her book on Sino-Canadian relations, “Living with China: A Middle Power Finds Its Way.”

John Stefanini also received a nod for his memoir about his tenure as a construction industry union organizer, “More Than We Bargained For: “An Untold Story of Exploitation, Redemption, and The Men Who Built a Worker’s Empire.”

Rounding out the shortlist is Andrea Benoit’s book on corporate benefaction in the beauty industry, “Viva MAC: AIDS, Fashion, and the Philanthropic Practices of MAC Cosmetics.”

Founded in 1985, the National Business Book Award recognizes the best business-related title published the previous year. The 2020 winner will be announced on Nov. 18.