AT A LUNCHEON CEREMONY held on Monday, March 7, 2016 in the Sovereign Ballroom of downtown Toronto’s Omni King Edward Hotel, author Rosemary Sullivan was named the winner of The 2016 RBC Taylor Prize for her book Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva, published by HarperCollins Publishers. Noreen Taylor, chair of the Charles Taylor Foundation, announced the winner’s name before a packed audience of invited guests, publishers, and media, and presented her with a cheque for $25,000 and a specially commissioned crystal award, designed by Toronto graphic designer Peter Enneson. The remaining nominees each received a $2,000 honorarium.
      Prior to the winner announcement, each of the prize finalists — Ian Brown (Toronto, Ontario) for Sixty: The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning? published by Random House Canada; Camilla Gibb (Toronto, Ontario) for This Is Happy, published by Doubleday Canada; David Halton (Ottawa, Ontario) for Dispatches from the Front: Matthew Halton, Canada's Voice at War, published by McClelland & Stewart; and Wab Kinew (Winnipeg, Manitoba) for The Reason You Walk, published by Viking Canada — were individually congratulated on stage by jurors Susanne Boyce, Joseph Kertes and Stephen J. Toope and presented with a leather-bound copy of their shortlisted book, created by Felton Bookbinding of Georgetown, Ontario.
      In late March Rosemary Sullivan will announce the 2016 winner of the RBC Taylor Emerging Author award. The winning author will receive $10,000 and the opportunity to be mentored under Rosemary Sullivan.