CHARLES FORAN IS THE WINNER OF THE TENTH CHARLES TAYLOR PRIZE FOR LITERARY NON-FICTION

TORONTO, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - The Winner of the 2011 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction is Charles Foran (Peterborough) for his book Mordecai: The Life and Times, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada.

OF THE BOOK, the jury said: "Mordecai: The Life and Times meets the immense challenge of writing about one of Canada's most talented and controversial authors. Charles Foran has created a rich and compelling portrait of the man and his times."

CHARLES FORAN is the author of eight previous books, including the award-winning work The Last House of Ulster, and documentaries for CBC Radio. He holds degrees from the University of Toronto and University College Dublin and has taught at universities in China, Hong Kong, and Canada. He lives in Peterborough, Ontario.

THE $25,000 PRIZE was awarded Monday, February 14, 2011, at a gala luncheon held in the historic Sovereign Ballroom of downtown Toronto's Le Meridien King Edward Hotel, with live streaming video via CP24 (both television and web channels) and Canada Newswire.  The remaining nominees — Stevie Cameron, Ross King, George Sipos, and Merrily Weisbord — each received $2,000

THE JURORS for The 2011 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction are Neil Bissoondath (Québec City), Eva-Marie Kröller (Vancouver), and David Macfarlane (Toronto). They selected Mordecai: The Life and Times from 153 submissions by 44 publishers from across North America. Books in the genre of literary non-fiction, published between November 1, 2009 and October 31, 2010, were eligible for submission if authored by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and widely available for purchase in Canada.

THIS IS THE TENTH AWARDING of the prestigious Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, which recognizes excellence in Canadian non-fiction writing. Since its inception in 1998, the prize has fostered a growing interest in non-fiction, engaged Canadians in the genre of literary non-fiction, and boosted sales of the winning authors' books.

FOUNDED IN COMMEMORATION of the late Charles Taylor, one of Canada's foremost essayists and a prominent member of the Canadian literary community, the prize is 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 TRUSTEES of the Charles Taylor Foundation are Michael Bradley (Toronto), Judith Mappin (Montréal), David Staines (Ottawa), and Noreen Taylor (Toronto). The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction is presented by the Charles Taylor Foundation with the generous support of its partners: Ben McNally Books, Bravo! and BookTelevision, Canada Newswire (CNW), Event Source, Indigo Books and Music, Kobo Inc., Le Meridien King Edward Hotel, Quill & Quire, The Globe and Mail, and Windfields Farm.

BRAVO! ARTS&MINDS CHARLES TAYLOR PRIZE SPECIAL PROGRAMMING:

A special edition of Arts&Minds will feature highlights of the 2011 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction shortlist news conference and awards luncheon, and a feature interview with Charles Foran, hosted by CTV's Paula Todd. The special also includes reaction from prize founder Noreen Taylor and members of the jury, as well as profiles of each of the prize finalists and their books. Check www.bravo.ca and www.bravo.ca/events/CharlesTaylorPrize/ for the complete listings, including air times for The Charles Taylor Writers Circle and other special programming on the prize.

TO DOWNLOAD HIGH-RESOLUTION IMAGES OF THE JURY, FINALISTS, AND SHORTLISTED BOOK COVERS please go to: www.thecharlestaylorprize.ca/2011/photogallery_11.asp

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