NEWS UPDATE — December 10, 2014
RBC TAYLOR PRIZE ANNOUNCES 2015 LONGLIST



NOREEN TAYLOR, VIJAY PARMAR, and jurors Kevin Garland, Martin Levin, and Andrew Preston reveal a long-list of 12 diverse and deeply thoughtful works of literary non-fiction, just in time for Christmas book shopping!

1. The Necessary War, Volume One by TIM COOK (Ottawa, Ontario), published by Penguin Canada
2. The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection by MICHAEL HARRIS (Toronto, Ontario), published by HarperCollins Canada
3. They Left Us Everything by PLUM JOHNSON (Toronto, Ontario), published by Penguin Canada
4. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by NAOMI KLEIN (Toronto, Ontario), published by Knopf Canada
5. Berlin: Imagine a City by RORY MacLEAN (London, England), published by Hachette Book Group Canada
6. Happy City by CHARLES MONTGOMERY (Vancouver, British Columbia), published by Doubleday Canada
7. One Day in August: The Untold Story Behind Canada’s Tragedy at Dieppe by DAVID O’KEEFE (Montreal, Quebec), published by Random House Canada
8. Warsaw 1944: Hitler, Himmler, and the Warsaw Uprising by ALEXANDRA RICHIE (Warsaw, Poland), published by HarperCollins Canada
9. Puckstruck: Distracted, Delighted and Distressed by Canada’s Hockey Obsession by STEPHEN SMITH (Toronto, Ontario), published by Greystone Books
10. The Last Asylum: A Memoir of Madness in our Times by BARBARA TAYLOR (London, England), published by Hamish Hamilton Canada
11. And Home Was Kariakoo: A Memoir of East Africa by M. G. VASSANJI (Toronto, Ontario), published by Doubleday Canada
12. Boundless by KATHLEEN WINTER (Montreal, Quebec), published by House of Anansi Press

For links to high resolution images of the longlist books and links to purchase each title, please visit http://www.rbctaylorprize.ca/2015/longlist_15.asp


NEWS UPDATE — November 25, 2014
RBC TAYLOR PRIZE ANNOUNCES JURORS FOR 2015

The jurors for the 2015 prize are business leader and arts executive Kevin Garland (Toronto, Ontario), editor and columnist Martin Levin (Toronto, Ontario), and writer, lecturer, and previous Taylor Prize winner (2013) Andrew Preston (Cambridge, England). The diversity and accomplishments of these three bring a wealth of experience to this year’s process of recognizing excellence in literary non-fiction writing and they are poised to announce their long list on Tuesday, December 10, 2014. The shortlist comes to public view on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 and the winner will be announced on Monday, March 2, 2015.

NEWS UPDATE — September 23, 2014
October 31, 2014 RBC Taylor Prize Spotlight at IFOA: We Were Here First

The 2014 winner of the prestigious RBC Taylor Prize, Thomas King, sits down for a panel discussion with Aboriginal writers Tony Birch (Melbourne, Australia), Lee Maracle (Vancouver, British Columbia) and Ellen van Neerven (Brisbane, Australia) about Indigenous writing traditions and contemporary Indigenous literature. We Were Here First, will be hosted and moderated by Waubgeshig Rice.
      The conversation is part of Planet IndigenUS. Planet IndigenUS gives prominence to the voices, stories and cultures of Indigenous people that are largely absent from the Canadian narrative. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its art funding and advisory body, and the Melbourne Writers Festival. read more about the participants here


NEWS UPDATE — March 17, 2014
Writer Leanne Simpson named RBC Taylor Emerging Writer for 2014



Leanne Simpson, a writer, scholar, storyteller and activist for Indigenous Peoples has been named the recipient of the inaugural RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award. Ms. Simpson was nominated for the Award by Thomas King whose book, The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America won the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize. Established jointly by RBC and the Taylor Prize to promote emerging talent in non-fiction, the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award consists of a $10,000 cash prize, as well as the opportunity to be mentored by the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize winner.
      ““For me, Leanne Simpson was an obvious choice,” said Thomas King. “She is … read more



NEWS UPDATE — March 10, 2014
THOMAS KING WINS
THE 2014 RBC TAYLOR PRIZE




THE WINNER OF the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize is Thomas King for The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America, published by Doubleday Canada. Noreen Taylor, founder of the prize, announced the winner during a gala luncheon, hosted by Noreen Taylor and members of the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize jury, at Omni King Edward Hotel in downtown Toronto.
     The jury, composed of U.K.-based university professor and critic, Coral Ann Howells; editorial director, author and professor, James Polk; and author, English and creative writing instructor and former Charles Taylor Prize winner, Andrew Westoll, read 124 books, submitted by 45 publishers from around the world, and chose the winner from their five-book shortlist, previously announced on January 15, 2014. The remaining prize finalists are Charlotte Gray, author of The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Country, published by HarperCollins; J.B. MacKinnon, author of The Once and Future World: Nature As it Was, As it Is, As it Could Be, published by Random House Canada; Graeme Smith, author of The Dogs are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan, published by Knopf Canada; and David Stouck, author of Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life, published by Douglas & McIntyre.
      On March 17, Thomas King will announce the inaugural winner of the RBC Taylor Emerging Author award. The winning author will receive $10,000 and the opportunity to be mentored under Thomas King.
     This is the thirteenth awarding of the prestigious prize, which recognizes excellence in Canadian literary non-fiction. The national book award was established in 1998 to commemorate the life and work of one of Canada’s foremost literary non-fiction writers, the late Charles Taylor. First presented as a biennial award in 2000, and made annual in 2004, the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction is presented to a Canadian author whose book best demonstrates a superb command of the English language, an elegance of style and a subtlety of thought and perception.



Judith Mappin — October 3 1928 – February 14 2014

The RBC Taylor Prize regrets to announce the passing of Charles Taylor Foundation trustee Judith Taylor Mappin, on February 14, 2014



Judith Mappin was the sister of the late Charles Taylor and a trustee of the Charles Taylor Foundation. In 1974, with two partners, she established the Double Hook Book Shop in Montreal's Greene Avenue Village, where she became well known as a champion of Canadian authors and their books. She retired on July 31, 2005, and closed the bookstore at that time.
     Mrs. Mappin was celebrated as a philanthropist and supporter of Canadian authors. In 2005, she received a President's Award of Distinction from the Association of Canadian Publishers. In 2006, she received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from McGill University. Her appointment as a Member of the Order of Canada was announced on July 1, 2008.
     She served a term as director of the Canadian Booksellers Association and was a founding member and director for nine years of the Quebec Society for the Promotion of English Language Literature (QSPELL). At the time of her passing, she was president of Windfields Farm Limited.
Up until Christmas, Judith Mappin was an active participant in all Charles Taylor Foundation discussions. Her wise council reflected her authoritative experience in the book industry. She will always be remembered as a stalwart promoter of Canadian Literature.

In memory of Judith Mappin:
The Montreal Gazette published an obituary and article about Judith Mappin.
• Mrs. Mappin's obituary on Quill & Quire.
• CBC Radio produced a story about Mrs. Mappin, which includes an interview where she discussed her bookstore and Canadian books.

The National Post published a tribute to Mrs. Mappin, written by publisher Marc Côté.


NEWS UPDATE — FEBRUARY 2014


RBC TAYLOR PRIZE FINALISTS TO SPEAK AT THE IFOA: INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF AUTHORS

ON FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2014, AT 7:30 PM, all five finalists for the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize will join in a round table discussion to talk about their shortlisted books. The conversation will be moderated by David Staines. The event will take place at Harbourfront's York Quay Centre – Lakeside Terrace. Tickets are $10 and are free to supporters, students & youth 25 and under. Click here for information and tickets.

NEWS UPDATE — JANUARY 15, 2014


RBC TAYLOR PRIZE ANNOUNCES 2014 FINALISTS



This morning Noreen Taylor, founder of the RBC Taylor Prize granted for literary non-fiction and chair of the Charles Taylor Foundation, addressed an audience of publishers, booksellers, prize sponsors, and media at the thirteenth annual shortlist announcement. The announcement took place in the Consort Bar at the historic Omni King Edward Hotel in downtown Toronto.
     Mrs. Taylor was joined by Vijay Parmar, President, PH&N Investment Counsel, RBC Wealth Management, who announced an exciting new initiative in 2014 on the part of between RBC and the Charles Taylor Foundation. Through a mutual commitment to fostering emerging Canadian artists, a mentoring program for an emerging Canadian author of non-fiction has been established.
     In introducing the 2014 prize jury composed of U.K.-based university professor and critic, Coral Ann Howells; editorial director, author and professor, James Polk; and author, English and creative writing instructor and former Charles Taylor Prize winner Andrew Westoll, Mrs. Taylor noted the difficult mission facing this year’s jury. From 124 books submitted by 45 publishers the jury derived a shortlist that exemplifies the true coming of age of Canadian literary non-fiction.
     Mr. Polk spoke about the process of making their selections, and joined by Mr. Westoll announced the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize finalists, as follows: Charlotte Gray (Ottawa, Ontario) The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master, and the Trial That Shocked a Country (HarperCollins); Thomas King (Guelph, Ontario) The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America (Doubleday Canada); J.B. MacKinnon (Vancouver, BC) The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be (Random House Canada); Graeme Smith (Afghanistan) The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan (Alfred A. Knopf Canada); David Stouck(Vancouver, BC) Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life (Douglas & McIntyre).

A video of the announcement can be viewed here.

NEWS UPDATE — December 11, 2013


RBC TAYLOR PRIZE ANNOUNCES 2014 LONGLIST

NOREEN TAYLOR AND JURORS Coral Ann Howells, James Polk, and Andrew Westoll reveal a dozen stellar works of literary non-fiction, just in time for Christmas book shopping!
1. The Juggler's Children: A Journey in Family, Legend and the Genes that Bind Us by Carolyn Abraham (Toronto, Ontario), published by Random House Canada
2. The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Country by Charlotte Gray (Ottawa, Ontario), published by HarperCollins
3. Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark: The West Versus the Rest Since Confederation by Mary Janigan (Toronto, Ontario), published by Vintage Canada
4. The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King (Guelph, Ontario), published by Doubleday Canada
5. The Once and Future World: Nature As it Was, As it Is, As it Could Be by J.B. MacKinnon (Vancouver, BC), published by Random House Canada
6. The War that Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 by Margaret MacMillan (Oxford, England), published by Allen Lane
7. How Architecture Works: A Humanist’s Toolkit by Witold Rybczynski (Philadelphia, PA), published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
8. The Dogs are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan by Graeme Smith (Afghanistan), published by Knopf Canada
9. Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life by David Stouck (Vancouver, BC), published by Douglas & McIntyre
10. Without Honour: The True Story of the Shafia Family and the Kingston Canal Murders by Rob Tripp (Calgary, Alberta), published by HarperCollins
11. Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter: Growing Up with a Gay Dad by Alison Wearing (Stratford, Ontario), published by Knopf Canada
12. Little Ship of Fools: 16 Rowers, 1 Improbable Boat, 7 Tumultuous Weeks on the Atlantic by Charles Wilkins (Thunder Bay, Ontario), published by Greystone Books

For links to high resolution images of the longlist books and links to purchase each title, please visit http://www.thecharlestaylorprize.ca/2013/longlist_13.asp


NEWS UPDATE — December 10, 2013
CHARLES TAYLOR PRIZE ANNOUNCES JURORS FOR 2014

THE WORD IS OUT! The jurors for the 2014 prize are English Canadian literature professor and critic Coral Ann Howells (London, England), editor, publisher and arts consultant James Polk (Toronto, Ontario), and writer, lecturer, and previous Taylor Prize winner (2012) Andrew Westoll (Toronto Ontario). These three accomplished advocates of Canadian literature bring a wealth of experience to this year’s process of recognizing excellence in literary non-fiction writing and they are poised to announce their longlist this Wednesday, December 11. The shortlist comes to public view on Wednesday, January 15 and the winner will be announced on March 10, 2014.

NEWS UPDATE — December 9, 2013
RBC NAMING RIGHTS AND A NEW AWARD FOR EMERGING WRITERS ANNOUNCED

EFFECTIVE TODAY, our name changes to RBC Taylor Prize and our 2014 winner will name the recipient of the first RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writer’s Award.
     Charles Taylor Foundation Founder and Chair, Noreen Taylor explains: “RBC Wealth Management has been a marvelous partner and presenting sponsor. They have widened the prize reach by touring the past Charles Taylor Prize winners in cities across Canada, as well as providing North American (and in fact worldwide) awareness of both the finalists and winners through vehicles like the four-page New Yorker insert. Now joining forces in a more integrated manner, the name change signals an integrated approach between RBC and the Charles Taylor Foundation, enabling the Prize to expand its recognition of excellence to emerging literary non-fiction writers. Through RBC’s leadership and support, a new generation of writers will carry forward the concepts of the engaged society, and our civil discourse will penetrate more deeply and lastingly into our national fabric.”
     The Charles Taylor Foundation wishes to thank each of its sponsors for their valuable contributions to the prestigious Prize: The presenting sponsor of the RBC Taylor Prize is RBC Wealth Management; its Major Sponsor is Metropia; its media sponsors are The Globe and Mail (exclusive newspaper sponsor); CNW Group; The Huffington Post Canada, Maclean’s magazine, and Quill & Quire magazine; its in-kind sponsors are Authors at Harbourfront Centre, Ben McNally Books, Event Source, Indigo Books and Music, Kobo Inc., and The Omni King Edward Hotel.


NEWS UPDATE — October 22, 2013
ANDREW PRESTON RETURNS TO CANADA FOR A SIGNATURE EVENT AT IFOA

THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF AUTHORS (IFOA) once again joins forces with The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction (CTP) for an evening of literary discussion featuring CTP 2013 winner, Andrew Preston, author of Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy. Dr. Preston will be joined onstage by Governor General’s Literary Award winner and Globe and Mail columnist Jeffrey Simpson. The Saturday night event will be held at the Fleck Dance Theatre in Harbourfront’s Queen’s Quay Terminal Building on Queen’s Quay West. Andrew Preston will give a keynote address, followed by an onstage interview with Jeffrey Simpson. CTP founder Noreen Taylor will speak about the prize:
     “In light of current events, Andrew Preston’s well-researched reflections on the religious underpinnings of American Foreign and Domestic Policy offer important insights into what we as Canadians are like, as well as offering close inspection of our neighbours to the South, said Mrs. Taylor. “As for Jeffrey Simpson, his background in both Canadian and American affairs is justifiably award-winning.With Jeffrey interviewing Andrew, I think we are all in for a treat. It will be nothing short of brain candy.”
     WHEN: Saturday, October 26 at 8:00 pm
     WHERE: Harbourfront’s Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West, Toronto
     For more details see the notice of event: here


NEWS UPDATE — March 4, 2013
ANDREW PRESTON WINS
THE 2013 CHARLES TAYLOR PRIZE
FOR LITERARY NON-FICTION




THE WINNER OF the 2013 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction is Andrew Preston for Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy, published by Knopf Canada. Noreen Taylor, founder of the prize, announced the winner during a gala luncheon, hosted by CBC’s Mary Ito, at The King Edward Hotel in downtown Toronto.
     The jury, composed of broadcast executive Susanne Boyce, award-winning author Richard Gwyn, and author/educator Joseph Kertes, read 129 books, submitted by 43 publishers from around the world, and chose the winner from their five-book shortlist, previously announced on January 9, 2013. The remaining prize finalists are Carol Bishop-Gwyn, author of The Pursuit of Perfection: A Life of Celia Franca, published by Cormorant Books; Tim Cook, author of Warlords: Borden, Mackenzie King, and Canada’s World Wars, published by Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Canada; Sandra Djwa, author of Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press; and Ross King, author of Leonardo and The Last Supper, published by Bond Street Books.
     This is the twelfth awarding of the prestigious prize, which recognizes excellence in Canadian literary non-fiction. The national book award was established in 1998 to commemorate the life and work of one of Canada’s foremost literary non-fiction writers, the late Charles Taylor. First presented as a biennial award in 2000, and made annual in 2004, the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction is presented to a Canadian author whose book best demonstrates a superb command of the English language, an elegance of style and a subtlety of thought and perception.



NEWS UPDATE — March 2, 2013
Team Taylor Prize is Everywhere!



During the past week, the finalists for The 2013 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction have done interviews with all of our media partners and participated in a panel discussion presented by Authors at Harbourfront Centre and Maclean’s magazine. They get to know each other pretty well with all of that activity – pictured here, left to right, are: Tim Cook, Carol Bishop-Gwyn, Sandra Djwa, Ross King, and Andrew Preston. Check back on this web page and follow @taylorprize on Twitter. This year’s prize winner will be announced on Monday, March 4th at 2:30 p.m.


NEWS UPDATE — January 31, 2013
All Finalists’ Event!

Reserve your tickets now to meet all five finalists for The 2013 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, presented by RBC Wealth Management, on Wednesday, February 27th at Authors at Harbourfront Centre. The host for the evening is Kenneth Whyte, president of Rogers Publishing, and the moderator is Dr. David Staines, who is also a trustee of the Charles Taylor Foundation. To purchase your tickets, click here:
tickets.harbourfrontcentre.com



NEWS UPDATE — January 9, 2013
Five Canadian Authors Living at Home and Abroad Vie for the 2013 Taylor Prize



Kicking off the first literary award of the New Year is none other than the prestigious Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction.
     This morning, Noreen Taylor, prize founder and chair of the Charles Taylor Foundation, and Vijay Parmar, President, PH&N Investment Counsel, RBC Wealth Management welcomed a standing-room-only crowd of publishers and journalists, who gathered at The King Edward Hotel in downtown Toronto to hear the names of the five authors shortlisted for The 2013 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction presented by RBC Wealth Management. The prize finalists are: Carol Bishop-Gwyn (Toronto) for The Pursuit of Perfection: A Life of Celia Franca, published by Cormorant Books; Tim Cook (Ottawa) for Warlords: Borden, Mackenzie King, and Canada’s World Wars, published by Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Canada; Sandra Djwa (Vancouver) for Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press; Ross King (Woodstock, England) for Leonardo and The Last Supper, published by Bond Street Books, an imprint of Doubleday Canada; and Andrew Preston (Cambridge, England) for Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy, published by Knopf Canada.
     The 2013 prize jurors are broadcast executive Susanne Boyce, award-winning author and newspaper columnist Richard Gwyn, who won the 2008 Taylor Prize, and award-winning author and Humber School for Writers founder Joseph Kertes. In determining their shortlist, the jury read and reviewed 129 Canadian-authored non-fiction books submitted by 43 publishers from around the world. The prize commemorates the life and work of the late Charles Taylor, one of Canada’s foremost essayists and a prominent member of the Canadian literary community. Charles Taylor was a foreign correspondent with The Globe and Mail and the author of four books: Radical Tories; Reporter in Red China; Six Journeys: A Canadian Pattern; and Snow Job. Awarded annually 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 winner receives $25,000 and the remaining finalists each receive $2000. The trustees of the Charles Taylor Foundation are Michael Bradley (Toronto), Judith Mappin (Montreal), David Staines (Ottawa), and Noreen Taylor (Toronto). The Foundation gratefully acknowledges the support of its sponsors for the 2013 prize: Presenting Sponsor RBC Wealth Management, Major Sponsor Metropia, Exclusive Newspaper Sponsor The Globe and Mail, Media Sponsors CBC Books and CBC Radio One, CNW Group, The Huffington Post Canada, Maclean’s magazine and Quill & Quire magazine; and In-Kind Sponsors Authors at Harbourfront Centre; Ben McNally Books; Event Source; Indigo Books and Music;, The King Edward hotel; and Kobo Inc.

For more information about the finalist books, links to high resolution images and links to purchase each title, follow the links on the images at http://www.thecharlestaylorprize.ca/2013/finalists_13.asp



NEWS UPDATE — December 4, 2012
JUST IN TIME FOR HOLIDAY SHOPPING — THE 2013 TAYLOR PRIZE LONGLIST FEATURES Fifteen BOOKS OF EXCEPTIONAL VALUE

The trustees of the Charles Taylor Foundation are pleased to announce the fifteen titles longlisted for the 2013 prize. Noreen Taylor, prize founder, said: “Last year the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction announced its first ever longlist and found that sharing the jury’s selections to be so valuable to authors and publishers that we have decided to do it again. Announcing the longlist at the height of the Christmas shopping season will help discriminating book buyers find the right gift for any number of people on their list.”
     The shortlist will be announced on January 9, and the winner will be announced on March 4, 2013 at events in downtown Toronto.
     The longlisted titles for The 2013 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction are:
1. The Pursuit of Perfection: the life of Celia Franca by Carol Bishop-Gwyn (Toronto), published by Cormorant Books
2. Warlords: Borden, Mackenzie King and Canada's World Wars by Tim Cook (Ottawa), published by Allen Lane
3. Walls: Travels Along the Barricades by Marcello Di Cintio(Calgary), published by Goose Lane Editions
4. Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page by Sandra Djwa (Vancouver), published by McGill-Queen’s University Press
Solar Dance: Van Gogh, Forgery, and the Eclipse of Certaintyby Modris Eksteins (Toronto), published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada
6. A Season in Hell: My 130 Days in the Sahara with Al Qaeda by Robert Fowler (Ottawa), published by HarperCollins Publishers
7. Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else by Chrystia Freeland (New York City), published by Doubleday Canada
8. March Forth: The Inspiring True Story Of A Canadian Soldier's Journey Of Love, Hope and Survival by Trevor and Debbie Greene (Nanaimo), published by HarperCollins Publishers
9. Leonardo and The Last Supper by Ross King (Oxford), published by Bond Street Books
10. Working the Dead Beat: 50 Lives that Changed Canada by Sandra Martin (Toronto), published by House of Anansi Press
11. Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy by Andrew Preston (Cambridge), published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada
12. What We Talk About When We Talk About War by Noah Richler (Toronto), published by Goose Lane Editions
13. Chronic Condition: Why Canada's Health Care System Needs to be Dragged into the 21st Century by Jeffrey Simpson (Ottawa), published by Allen Lane
14. Epistolophilia: Writing the Life of Ona Simaite by Julija Sukys (Montreal), published by University of Nebraska Press
15. The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos by Neil Turok (Waterloo), published by House of Anansi Press

For links to high resolution images of the longlist books and links to purchase each title, please visit http://www.thecharlestaylorprize.ca/2013/longlist_13.asp



NEWS UPDATE — November 9, 2012
2012 TAYLOR PRIZE WINNER ANDREW WESTOLL FEATURED AT TORONTO’S INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF AUTHORS



ANDREW WESTOLL winner of the 2012 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, journalist, and primatologist; was the headliner at the International Festival of Authors’ Spotlight on The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, where he again inspired all who attended with his heartfelt stories about life among a special family of chimpanzees at Fauna Sanctuary, outside Montreal, Quebec. The event was held in the Brigantine Room at Toronto’s York Quay Centre on Friday, October 26, 2012. Read more about the event here. Enjoy his talk again here.


NEWS UPDATE — October 25, 2012
2012 PRIZE FINALISTS APPEAR TOGETHER AT LITFEST’S ANNUAL CHARLES TAYLOR PRIZE BASH

THE TRUSTEES OF the Charles Taylor Foundation salute Litfest — Edmonton’s International Literary Festival — for their emphasis on the genre of literary non-fiction. For the second year in a row, the current Charles Taylor Prize finalists and winner were the headliners at Litfest's signature event — shortlisted authors Charlotte Gill, JJ Lee, and Madeline Sonik and winner Andrew Westoll gave readings and shared great food and music with many fans of literary non-fiction. Wade Davis was unfortunately unable to attend as he is out of the country. At 8:30 p.m. MT, host and author Curtis Gillespie drew the crowd to attention to announce the 2013 prize jury and they are: television programming visionary Susanne Boyce, award-winning author Richard Gwyn, and Joseph Kertes, founder of the Humber School for Writers. The trustees of the Charles Taylor Foundation chose to again announce its forthcoming prize jury at Litfest, in support of this popular Edmonton-based International Literary Festival which concerns itself primarily with works of non-fiction.


NEWS UPDATE — March 5, 2012
ANDREW WESTOLL WINS
THE 2012 CHARLES TAYLOR PRIZE
FOR LITERARY NON-FICTION




THE WINNER OF the 2012 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction is Andrew Westoll for The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A Canadian Story of Resilience and Recovery, published by HarperCollins. Noreen Taylor, founder of the prize, announced the winner during a gala luncheon, hosted by CBC’s Mary Ito, at Le Meridien King Edward Hotel in downtown Toronto.
     The jury, composed of authors Allan M. Brandt and Stevie Cameron, and publishing consultant Susan Renouf, read 115 books, submitted by 35 publishers from around the world, and chose the winner from their five-book shortlist, previously announced on January 10, 2012. The remaining prize finalists are Wade Davis author of Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest, published by Knopf Canada; Charlotte Gill, author of Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe, published by Greystone Books in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation; JJ Lee, author of The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, A Son, and a Suit, published by McClelland & Stewart; and Madeline Sonik, author of Afflictions & Departures: Essays, published by Anvil Press.
     This is the eleventh awarding of the prestigious prize, which recognizes excellence in Canadian literary non-fiction. The national book award was established in 1998 to commemorate the life and work of one of Canada’s foremost literary non-fiction writers, the late Charles Taylor. First presented as a biennial award in 2000, and made annual in 2004, the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction is presented to a Canadian author whose book best demonstrates a superb command of the English language, an elegance of style and a subtlety of thought and perception.



NEWS UPDATE — January 10, 2012
2012 PRIZE FINALISTS ANNOUNCED



THIS MORNING NOREEN TAYLOR, founder of the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction and chair of the Charles Taylor Foundation, addressed an audience of publishers, booksellers, and media at the eleventh shortlist announcement in the history of the annual prize. The announcement took place in the Executive Lounge on the 40th floor of the RBC Plaza in downtown Toronto.
     Mrs. Taylor noted that 115 books were received from 35 publishers around the world and were read by this year’s jury, composed of author and academic Allan M. Brandt, dean of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University; award-winning author Stevie Cameron, herself a finalist for the 2011 Charles Taylor Prize; and well-respected non-fiction editor and publishing consultant Susan Renouf. Ms Cameron and Ms Renouf spoke about the process of making their selections, announced each 2012 prize finalist and read the citation that the jury wrote for each of the shortlisted books. The finalists announced by the prize jurors are:
Wade Davis, author of Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada; Charlotte Gill, author of Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe, published by Greystone Books in association with the David Suzuki Foundation; JJ Lee, author of The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit, published by McClelland & Stewart; Madeline Sonik, author of Afflictions & Departures: Essays, published by Anvil Press; Andrew Westoll, author of The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A Canadian Story of Resilience and Recovery, published by HarperCollins Publishers.


NEWS UPDATE — December 12, 2011
Celebrating the CTP’s First Longlist



Noreen Taylor, founder of The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction and chair of the Charles Taylor Foundation is pictured here with Vijay Parmar, vice president of RBC Wealth Management. RBC Wealth Management is the presenting sponsor of the Prize. Jurors Allan M. Brandt, Stevie Cameron, and Susan Renouf announced today the 11 titles that remain in contention for the 2012 prize. Releasing the longlist provides the opportunity to promote the best of this year’s literary non-fiction in the all-important Christmas bookselling season. The shortlist will be announced on January 10, 2012 and the winner will be announced on March 5, 2012 at events in downtown Toronto.
     Noreen Taylor said, “Last year, at our 10th anniversary, the jury informed us that there were so many additional titles so close to being named to the shortlist that we realized it was time to issue a longlist. Now, as I look at the longlisted titles, it is clear that it was the right decision. Our jury has sorted through the 115 submissions and selected a longlist that is diverse in subject and treatment. Having already read a number of these books, I know that the jury has lived up to our mandate. They have Recognized Excellence.”
     The longlisted titles for The 2012 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction are:
1. Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter by Carmen Aguirre, published by Douglas & McIntyre
2. Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest by Wade Davis, published by Knopf Canada
3. The Patrol: Seven Days in the Life of a Canadian Soldier in Afghanistan by Ryan Flavelle, published by HarperCollins
4. Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe by Charlotte Gill, published by Greystone Books in association with the David Suzuki Foundation
5. Nation Maker: Sir John A. MacDonald: His Life, Our Times Volume Two: 1867 – 1891 by Richard Gwyn, published by Random House Canada
6. The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit by J. J. Lee, published by McClelland & Stewart
7. Facing the Hunter: Reflections on a Misunderstood Way of Life by David Adams Richards, published by Doubleday Canada
8. Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live by Ray Robertson, published by Biblioasis
9. Afflictions and Departures: Essays by Madeline Sonik, published by Anvil Press
10. The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A Canadian Story of Resilience and Recovery by Andrew Westoll, published by HarperCollins
11. Bad Animals: A Father’s Accidental Education in Autism by Joel Yanofsky, published by Viking Canada

For linkes to high resolution images of the longlist books and links to purchase each title, please visit http://www.thecharlestaylorprize.ca/2012/longlist_12.asp



NEWS UPDATE — October 28, 2011
RBC Wealth Management and CBC Partner With The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction

Friday, October 28, 2011, Noreen Taylor gathered a crowd of well-wishers to Harbourfront’s Fleck Dance Theatre to toast the tenth awarding of the Charles Taylor Prize at the International Festival of Authors, and to hear two important pieces of news about the prize:
     RBC Wealth Management is now the Presenting Sponsor of The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, joining Major Sponsor Windfields Farm and a host of In-Kind Sponsors and supporters.
     CBC Books, the network’s online portal for all things literary, is the prize’s newest media partner, joining The Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire magazine.
     After the announcement, guests joined with festival attendees inside the Fleck theatre to hear what matters most to Taylor Prize nominated and winning authors Stevie Cameron, Charles Foran, Richard Gwyn, and Margaret MacMillan. Each author spoke individually and passionately about the true subjects they deal with in their writing. The public event was hosted by Paula Todd.



NEWS UPDATE — October 20, 2011
ANNOUNCING THE
2012 PRIZE JURY AT LITFEST


THIS EVENING, AT THE CHARLES TAYLOR PRIZE GALA AT EDMONTON’S LITFEST, author Greg Hollingshead announced the jury for The 2012 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. This year’s jurors are Allan M. Brandt, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and Pulitzer Prize finalist, award-winning author Stevie Cameron, and well-respected editor Susan Renouf.
     On Tuesday, December 6th, the jury will announce a longlist of titles, to precede the all-important Christmas book buying season. The shortlist will be announced on Tuesday, January 10th and the winner of The 2012 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction will be announced on Monday, March 5th at events to be held in downtown Toronto.



NEWS UPDATE — August 14, 2011
JUST ANNOUNCED:
HARBOURFRONT’S INTERNATIONAL
FESTIVAL OF AUTHORS (IFOA)
MARKS CTP’S 10TH WITH A
SIGNATURE EVENT FEATURING
PAST PRIZE WINNERS, NOMINEES
AND JURORS ON FRIDAY,
OCTOBER 28TH AT
THE FLECK THEATRE.


WATCH THIS SPACE for details on this special celebration as they unfold. To view IFOA’s full schedule, please visit www.readings.org


NEWS UPDATE — August 14, 2011
CTP WINNERS PAST AND PRESENT
JOIN 2011 FINALISTS ON STAGE
AT EDMONTON’S EXCLUSIVELY
NON-FICTION LITFEST GALA
OCTOBER 20TH.


THE TRUSTEES OF the Charles Taylor Foundation salute Edmonton’s Litfest which focuses exclusively on non-fiction writing. Tickets are now available for Litfest’s gala on October 20th at the Garneau Theatre, where Charles Foran, winner of the 2011 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction will be re-united with fellow prize finalists Stevie Cameron, Ross King, George Sipos, Merrily Weisbord and 2005 winner and resident Edmontonian Rudy Wiebe. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.litfestalberta.org


NEWS UPDATE — February 14, 2011
CHARLES FORAN WINS
THE 2011 CHARLES TAYLOR PRIZE
FOR LITERARY NON-FICTION




THE WINNER OF the 2011 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction is Charles Foran for Mordecai: The Life & Times, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada. Noreen Taylor, founder of the prize, announced the winner during a gala luncheon in downtown Toronto at Le Meridien King Edward Hotel.
    The jury, composed of Neil Bissoondath, Eva-Marie Kröller, and David Macfarlane, read 153 books, submitted by 44 publishers, and chose the winner from a shortlist of five, previously announced on January 11, 2011. The remaining prize finalists are Stevie Cameron author of On the Farm: Robert William Pickton and the Tragic Story of Vancouver’s Missing Women, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada; Ross King, author of Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven, published by Douglas & McIntyre/McMichael Canadian Art Collection; George Sipos, author of The Geography of Arrival: A Memoir, published by Gaspereau Press; and Merrily Weisbord, author of The Love Queen of Malabar: Memoir of a Friendship with Kamala Das, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.
    This is the tenth awarding of the prestigious prize, which recognizes excellence in Canadian literary non-fiction. The national book award was established in 1998 to commemorate the life and work of one of Canada’s foremost literary non-fiction writers, the late Charles Taylor. First presented as a biennial award in 2000, and made annual in 2004, the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction is presented to a Canadian author whose book best demonstrates a superb command of the English language, an elegance of style and a subtlety of thought and perception.



NEWS UPDATE — FEBRUARY 7, 2011
CHARLES TAYLOR PRIZE FINALISTS GATHER FOR ARTS&MINDS TAPING



THE FINALISTS FOR On Friday, January 28th, all five finalists for the 2011 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction – Stevie Cameron, Charles Foran, Ross King, George Sipos, and Merrily Weisbord, gathered with CTV Canada AM host Seamus O’Regan to tape the Arts&Minds Charles Taylor Writers’ Circle before a live studio audience.. The Charles Taylor Writers’ Circle will be broadcast on Saturday, February 12 and Sunday, February 13 on Bravo! Check www.bravo.ca for air times. The winner of this year’s Taylor Prize will be announced on Monday, February 14th, with live streaming via CP24 and Canada Newswire.


NEWS UPDATE — JANUARY 11, 2011
THE CHARLES TAYLOR PRIZE FOR LITERARY NON-FICTION ANNOUNCES ITS 2011 SHORTLIST



THE FINALISTS FOR the 2011 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction were announced today at a morning news conference in downtown Toronto. Author David Macfarlane spoke on behalf of the jury and read the names of the finalists, along with their jury citations.
    The 2011 prize finalists are Stevie Cameron for her book On the Farm: Robert William Pickton and the Tragic Story of Vancouver’s Missing Women, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada; Charles Foran for his book Mordecai: The Life & Times, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada; Ross King for his book Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven, published by Douglas & McIntyre/McMichael Canadian Art Collection; George Sipos for his book The Geography of Arrival: A Memoir, published by Gaspereau Press; and Merrily Weisbord for her book The Love Queen of Malabar: Memoir of a Friendship with Kamala Das, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.
    The jury selected their five-book shortlist from 153 submissions, published between November 1, 2009 and October 31, 2010, and submitted by 44 publishers from across North America.
    2011 marks the tenth awarding of the prestigious prize, which recognizes excellence in literary non-fiction. This national book award was established in 1998 to commemorate the life and work of one of Canada’s foremost literary non-fiction writers, the late Charles Taylor. First presented as a biennial award in 2000, and made annual in 2004, the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction is presented to a Canadian author whose book best demonstrates a superb command of the English language, an elegance of style and a subtlety of thought and perception.
    The winner of the 2011 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction will be announced at a gala awards ceremony and luncheon, to be held at Le Meridien King Edward Hotel in downtown Toronto on Monday, February 14, 2011.



NEWS UPDATE — June 22, 2010
CHARLES TAYLOR PRIZE TO
CELEBRATE ITS 10TH AWARDING
WITH A RETURN
TO ITS FIRST JURY


NOREEN TAYLOR chair of the board of trustees of the Charles Taylor Foundation, has announced that the jurors for the 2011 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction are Neil Bissoondath, Eva-Marie Kröller, and David Macfarlane. These three prominent Canadian authors served on the jury for the inaugural prize awarding in 2000.
Read more about the 2011 jury in the National Post



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KEY
DATES


LONGLIST
FOR THE
2015 PRIZE
ANNOUNCED

Wednesday,
December 10,
2014

SHORTLIST
FOR THE
2015 PRIZE
ANNOUNCED

Wednesday,
January 14,
2015

BEN
MCNALLY’S
AUTHORS BRUNCH

Sunday,
March 1,
2015

2012 WINNER
ANNOUNCED

Monday,
March 2,
2015