/R E P E A T -- IFOA to Present an Evening of Literary Non-Fiction with the Shortlisted RBC Taylor Prize Authors on March 7/

TORONTO, Feb. 27, 2014 /CNW/ - The International Festival of Authors' 40th season continues in March with an event featuring the authors nominated for the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize. 

All five finalists for this year's RBC Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction will take the stage at Harbourfront Centre for a lively panel discussion. Join Charlotte Gray (The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Country), Thomas King (The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America), J.B. MacKinnon (The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be), Graeme Smith (The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan) and David Stouck (Arthur Erickson: An Architect's Life) for an event like no other.

This panel discussion is supported by Maclean's Magazine. It will take place at 7:30pm in the York Quay Centre along the waterfront (235 Queens Quay West). Tickets are $10 to the general public, FREE for supporters of the IFOA, students and youth 25 and under with ID.

Presented 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 RBC Taylor Prize recognizes excellence in Canadian non-fiction writing and emphasizes the development of the careers of the authors it celebrates. Since its inception as The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, the Prize has helped engage Canadians in literary non-fiction and boost sales of its finalists' books. The winner of this year's $25,000 prize will be announced Monday, March 10.

The RBC Taylor Prize was founded to commemorate the life 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.

The Trustees of the Charles Taylor Prize Foundation are Michael Bradley (Toronto), David Staines (Ottawa), and Noreen Taylor (Toronto).  The Foundation gratefully acknowledges the support of RBC Wealth Management as its presenting sponsor, along with its major sponsor Metropia, and greatly appreciates the support of its media sponsors CNW Group, The Globe and Mail, Maclean's Magazine, Huffington Post Canada, Global Television, Quill & Quire Magazine, CBC.CA and in-kind sponsors: IFOA, Ben McNally Books, Event Source and the Omni King Edward Hotel. 

Since its inception in 1974, IFOA has hosted over 8,500 authors from more than 100 countries, including over 20 Nobel Laureates. Their season runs from September to June and includes the annual International Festival of Authors (October 23-November 2, 2014), including Young IFOA and IFOA Ontario, and the annual ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers with Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ (May 14-15, 2014). 

For further information, please visit: www.thecharlestaylorprize.ca

To download high-resolution images related to the 2014 prize, please visit: www.thecharlestaylorprize.ca/2014/photogallery_14.asp

SOURCE RBC Taylor Prize

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Maeve O'Regan IFOA: 416-973-5836 moregan@ifoa.org