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



AT A LUNCHEON CEREMONY held on Monday, February 9, 2009 in the Sovereign Ballroom of Toronto's Le Meridien King Edward Hotel, author Tim Cook was named the winner of the 2009 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction for his book Shock Troops: Canadians Fighting the Great War, 1917 – 1918, Volume Two, published by Viking Canada. Noreen Taylor, chair of the Charles Taylor Foundation, presented Tim Cook with a cheque for $25,000.00 and a specially commissioned crystal award, designed by Toronto graphic designer Peter Enneson, and created by Cascade Crystal. Runners-up Elizabeth Abbott and Ana Siljak each received a $2,000 honorarium.
      Prior to the winner announcement, each of the prize finalists — Elizabeth Abbott, author of Sugar: A Bittersweet History; Tim Cook, author of Shock Troops: Canadians Fighting the Great War, 1917 – 1918, Volume Two; and Ana Siljak, author of Angel of Vengeance: The “Girl Assassin,” the Governor of St. Petersburg, and Russia's Revolutionary World — were individually congratulated on stage by jurors Warren Cariou, Jeffrey, Simpson, and Shirley Thomson, and presented with a leather-bound copy of their shortlisted book, created by Felton Bookbinding of Georgetown, Ontario.




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