THE JURY OF THE TWELFTH
CHARLES TAYLOR PRIZE FOR LITERARY NON-FICTION
Susanne Boyce is one of North America's most respected TV broadcast program chiefs. Ms. Boyce has been a producer, a programmer and an executive at both public and private networks. Most recently she was President, CTV Creative, Content and Specialties. A champion of Canadian production and nation-building shows with a world-wide reach, she was responsible for one of the most watched original programming slates in Canadian television. Prior to this, she held production and management positions at both CBC (The Journal, Midday, Newsworld) and BCTV (Webster!/Newshour). She lives in Toronto.
Richard Gwyn is an award-winning columnist for the Toronto Star and a frequent contributor to television and radio. His books include biographies of Newfoundland Premier Joey Smallwood, The Unlikely Revolutionary and of Prime Minister Pierre-Elliot Trudeau, The Northern Magus. Gwyn's 1995 book, Nationalism Without Walls; The Unbearable Lightness of Being Canadian, was selected by The Literary Review of Canada as one of their 100 most influential Canadian books. The first volume of his current work, John A, The Man Who Made Us: The Life and Times of John A. Macdonald, 1815-1867, won the 2008 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction; the second volume, Nation-Maker: Sir John A. Macdonald; His Life, Our Times, 1867 to 1891, won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize and the John Dafoe Prize and was shortlisted for three other major prizes. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and the recipient of five honorary degrees.
JOSEPH KERTES was born in communist Hungary but escaped with his family to Canada in 1956. He studied English at York University and the University of Toronto, where he was influenced by both Irving Layton and Marshall McLuhan. Mr. Kertes founded Humber College's distinguished creative writing and comedy programs. He is currently Humber's Dean of Creative and Performing Arts. His first novel, Winter Tulips, won the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. Boardwalk, his second novel, and two children's books, The Gift and The Red Corduroy Shirt, met with critical acclaim. His latest novel, Gratitude, has won a Canadian National Jewish Book Award and the U.S. National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. He has also been a finalist for the CBC Literary Competition.