THE WINNER OF THE SEVENTH CHARLES TAYLOR PRIZE FOR LITERARY NON-FICTION


At a luncheon ceremony held on Monday, March 3, 2008 in the Sovereign Ballroom of Toronto's Le Royal Meridien King Edward Hotel, author Richard Gwyn was named the winner of the 2008 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction for his book John A.: The Man Who Made Us: The Life and Times of John A. MacDonald, Volume One: 1815 - 1867, published by Random House Canada. Noreen Taylor, chair of the Charles Taylor Foundation, presented Richard Gwyn with a cheque for $25,000.00 and a specially commissioned award, created by Cascade Crystal, incorporating graphics designed by Toronto graphic designer Peter Enneson.
     As an integral part of Monday's ceremony each of the authors was presented with a leather-bound copy of their shortlisted book. Finalists Kevin Bazzana, shortisted for Lost Genius: The Story of a Forgotten Musical Maverick, published by McClelland & Stewart; David Gilmour, shortlisted for The Film Club: A True Story of a Father and Son, published by Thomas Allen Publishers; Lorna Goodison, shortisted for From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her People, published by McClelland & Stewart; and Anna Porter, shortlisted for Kasztner's Train: The True Story of Rezso¨ Kasztner, Unknown Hero of the Holocaust, published by Douglas & McIntyre, each received a $2,000.00 honorarium.