TORONTO, March 4, 2013 /CNW/ - The Winner of The 2013 Charles Taylor
Prize for Literary Non-Fiction is Andrew Preston (Cambridge, England)
for Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and
Diplomacy, published by Knopf Canada. Preston teaches American history and
international relations history at Cambridge University, where he is a
fellow of Clare College. Before Cambridge, he taught history and
international studies at Yale University. He has also taught at
universities in Canada and Switzerland and has been a fellow at the
Cold War Studies Program at the London School of Economics. He was born
in Ontario and received his BA from the University of Toronto.
Jury Citation: "Fluently written, comprehensively researched, and
scrupulously balanced, Andrew Preston's Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith describes how the foreign policy of the United States has been and is
influenced, alternately decisively and marginally, by the fact that so
many Americans regard themselves as a people chosen to do God's work to
others and because American leaders all the way from Lincoln to George
W. Bush have used religious convictions to justify political acts.
Showing that the centrality of religion in American life is by no means
unique to fundamentalists and neo-conservatives, this important work
has such chapter titles as "High Priests of the Cold War" and "A
Judeo-Christian Foreign Policy," which convey Preston's originality
and, indeed, his bravery.
During the course of a six-week cycle of publicity and promotion, over
80% of all English-speaking Canadians, over the age of twelve, learned
about the shortlisted authors and their books. Andrew Preston was
awarded a commemorative crystal trophy and a prize of $25,000. The
remaining finalists — Carol Bishop-Gwyn, Tim Cook, Sandra Djwa, and
Ross King, were each awarded $2,000.
The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction recognizes excellence
in Canadian non-fiction writing and emphasizes the development of the
careers of the authors it celebrates. Andrew Preston will tour select
cities across Canada on behalf of RBC Wealth Management, presenting
sponsor of the prize; he will be invited to speak at an event in his
honour at Toronto's International Festival of Authors and he, together
with all of the 2013 prize finalists, will be invited to headline
Litfest's Charles Taylor Prize gala this fall in Edmonton, Alberta.
Today's announcement marks the twelfth awarding of the prestigious
prize. The 2013 prize jurors are broadcast executive Susanne Boyce,
award-winning author and newspaper columnist Richard Gwyn, and
author/educator 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 trustees of the Charles Taylor Foundation are Michael Bradley
(Toronto), Judith Mappin (Montréal), David Staines (Ottawa), and Noreen
The Presenting Sponsor of The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary
Non-Fiction is RBC Wealth Management. http://www.rbcwealthmanagement.com/
The Major Sponsor of The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction
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