HE RBC TAYLOR PRIZE commemorates Charles Taylor’s pursuit of excellence in the field of literary non-fiction. The Prize will be awarded to the author whose book best combines a superb command of the English language, an elegance of style, and a subtlety of thought and perception. The Prize consists of $25,000 for the winner and $2,000 for each of the runners up as well as promotional support to help all shortlisted books stand out in the national media, bookstores, and libraries. Authors whose books have been shortlisted for the prize will be brought to Toronto for the awards ceremony, where the winner will announce his or her choice for the RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writer’s Award, which consists of $10,000 and an opportunity to be mentored by the winner. The winner will be invited to read at the International Festival of Authors, held in October at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.



The previous winners of the Prize are Wayne Johnston for Baltimore’s Mansion, published by Knopf Canada and awarded the Prize on May 8, 2000; Carol Shields for Jane Austen, published by Penguin Books Canada and awarded the Prize on April 22, 2002; Isabel Huggan for Belonging: Home Away From Home, published by Knopf Canada and awarded the Prize on April 19, 2004; Charles Montgomery for The Last Heathen: Encounters With Ghosts and Ancestors in Melanesia, published by Douglas & McIntyre and awarded the Prize on February 28, 2005; J. B. MacKinnon for Dead Man in Paradise, published by Douglas & McIntyre and awarded the Prize on February 27, 2006; Rudy Wiebe for Of This Earth: A Mennonite Boyhood in the Boreal Forest, published by Knopf Canada and awarded the Prize on February 26, 2007; Richard Gwyn for John A.: The Man Who Made Us, The Life and Times of John A. Macdonald, Volume One: 1815 – 1816, published by Random House Canada and awarded the Prize on March 3, 2008; Tim Cook for Shock Troops: Canadians Fighting the Great War, 1917 – 1918, Volume Two, published by Viking Canada Canada and awarded the Prize on February 9, 2009; Ian Brown for The Boy in the Moon: A Father’s Search For His Disabled Son, published by Random House Canada and awarded the Prize on February 8, 2010; Charles Foran for Mordecai: The Life & Times, published by Knopf Canada and awarded the Prize on February 14, 2011; Andrew Westoll for The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A Canadian Story of Resilience and Recovery, published by HarperCollins and awarded the Prize on March 5, 2012; Andrew Preston for Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy, published by Knopf Canada and awarded the Prize on March 4, 2013; and Thomas King for The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America, published by Doubleday Canada and awarded the Prize on March 10, 2014.


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SMITH

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LONGLIST
FOR THE
2015 PRIZE
ANNOUNCED

Wednesday,
December 10,
2014

SHORTLIST
FOR THE
2015 PRIZE
ANNOUNCED

Wednesday,
January 14,
2015

2015 WINNER
ANNOUNCED

Monday,
March 2,
2015
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