2009 Charles Taylor Prize jurors announced



    TORONTO, Sept. 30 /CNW/ - NOREEN TAYLOR, chair of the board of trustees
of the Charles Taylor Foundation, announced today that the jurors for The 2009
Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction are Warren Cariou, Jeffrey
Simpson, and Shirley Thomson.
    A PRESS CONFERENCE to announce the finalists for The 2009 Charles Taylor
Prize for Literary Non-Fiction will be held in Toronto on January 6, 2009. The
winner will be announced on Monday, February 9, 2009 at a luncheon event held
at downtown Toronto's Le Meridien King Edward Hotel.

    ABOUT THE MEMBERS OF THE JURY

    Born and raised on a farm near Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, WARREN CARIOU
is Canada Research Chair in Narrative, Community and Indigenous Cultures at
the University of Manitoba, where he is Director of the Centre for Creative
Writing and Oral Culture. His first book, The Exalted Company of Roadside
Martyrs, a collection of novellas, was published in 1999. His second book,
Lake of the Prairies: A Story of Belonging, was shortlisted for the 2004
Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. On the occasion of his
nomination the jury said: "(Cariou) reveals how myth, place and community
prejudice are tragically interconnected, (and shows) how stories may separate
or bring people together." Currently finishing his novel Exhaust, Warren
Cariou lives in Winnipeg.

    JEFFREY SIMPSON, The Globe and Mail's national affairs columnist, is the
author of eight books of non-fiction including Discipline of Power, which won
the Governor General's Literary Award (1980); Spoils of Power (1988);
Faultlines: Struggling for a Canadian Vision (1993); and Star-Spangled
Canadians (2000), for which he also completed a two-hour CBC documentary. He
has also won a National Magazine Award for political writing (1987), a
National Newspaper Award for column writing (twice), and the Hyman Solomon
Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism. He has taught as an adjunct
professor at the Queen's Institute of Policy Studies and The University of
Ottawa Law School and is now senior fellow at the University of Ottawa's
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. An Officer of the Order
of Canada, Jeffrey Simpson lives in Ottawa.

    SHIRLEY THOMSON has held numerous positions in the arts and culture
sector, including Director and Deputy Commissioner of the UNESCO Pavilion (Man
and His World: 1978 - 1980); Special Coordinator of the Largillière Exhibition
at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts (1981); Director of the McCord Museum,
McGill University (1982 - 1985); Secretary-General, Canadian Commission to
UNESCO (1985 - 1987); Director of the National Gallery of Canada (1987 -
1997); Director of the Canada Council for the Arts (1998 - 2002). A Companion
of the Order of Canada, an Officier des Arts et des Lettres (Government of
France), and the recipient of numerous honorary degrees, she received the
Governor General's Award in the Visual and Media Arts in 2008 for
distinguished service in the field. Shirley Thomson lives in Ottawa.

    ABOUT THE CHARLES TAYLOR PRIZE FOR LITERARY NON-FICTION

    THE TRUSTEES OF THE CHARLES TAYLOR FOUNDATION established The Charles
Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction to commemorate 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.
    THE CHARLES TAYLOR PRIZE for Literary Non-Fiction is awarded annually to
the author whose book best combines an excellent command of the English
language, an elegance of style, quality of thought, and subtlety of
perception.
    THE PRIZE consists of $25,000.00 for the winning author and $2,000.00 for
each of the finalists. All of the shortlisted titles receive extensive
national publicity and marketing support.
    THE TRUSTEES OF THE CHARLES TAYLOR FOUNDATION are Michael Bradley
(Toronto), Judith Mappin (Montreal), David Staines (Ottawa), and Noreen Taylor
(Toronto).
    For more information please visit: www.thecharlestaylorprize.ca

    
    TO DOWNLOAD IMAGES OF THE JURORS

    Warren Cariou:
    http://www.enneson.com/ctp_downloads/2009/warren_cariou.jpg

    Jeffrey Simpson:
    http://www.enneson.com/ctp_downloads/2009/jeffrey_simpson.jpg

    Shirley Thomson:
    http://www.enneson.com/ctp_downloads/2009/shirley_thomson.jpg
    





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