Lorna Goodison's From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her People nominated for Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction takes BC prize as well

    TORONTO, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - Not only has Canadian author Lorna Goodison been
nominated for the 2008 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, she has
just won the 2008 British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.
Her book, From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her People, published
by McClelland & Stewart, is a memoir about growing up in Jamaica.
    "I am accepting this award on behalf of all the people from the Caribbean
who are now Canadians, who hold this country dear, as I have come to hold it
dear," said Ms. Goodison. The 60-year old author, poet and educator lives in
Toronto and teaches in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
    "We congratulate Lorna on winning the BC prize and we look forward to
having her take part in the many events that make up the Charles Taylor Prize
for Literary Non-Fiction," said Noreen Taylor, the founder of the privately
funded award." In selecting her book for the 2008 shortlist, our jury noted:
    "With her poet's eye for enduring truths, Lorna Goodison has written that
most rare of books: a joyous memoir that finds marvels in adversity. In
language as lush as the landscape of her early life, as profound as the
childhood river whose waters hid secrets, Goodison plunges into family
mythology to find herself in the stories of many, and in so doing reveals the
ways in which history and place shape each one of us."
    The jurors for the 2008 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction are
author Charlotte Gray (Ottawa, Ontario), author J.B. MacKinnon (Vancouver,
British Columbia) and the Honourable John Manley (Ottawa, Ontario). The
seventh Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction will be awarded on
March 3, 2008 in commemoration of Charles Taylor, one of Canada's foremost
essayists and a prominent member of the Canadian literary community, to the
author whose book best demonstrates and combines an uncommon command of the
English language, an elegance of style, and a subtlety of thought and
    The names of the finalists for the 2008 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary
Non-Fiction were announced late last month at a morning press conference held
at downtown Toronto's Le Royal Meridien King Edward Hotel. In addition to
Goodison, the shortlisted authors are: Kevin Bazzana for Lost Genius: The
Story of a Forgotten Musical Maverick, published by McClelland & Stewart,
David Gilmour for The Film Club: A True Story of a Father and Son, published
by Thomas Allen Publishers, Richard Gwyn for John A.: The Man Who Made Us: The
Life and Times of John A. Macdonald, Volume One: 1815 - 1867, published by
Random House Canada and Anna Porter for Kasztner's Train: The True Story of
Rezso Kasztner, Unknown Hero of the Holocaust, published by Douglas &
    The prize consists of $25,000 for the winning author, $2,000 for the
finalists, as well as promotional support to help all shortlisted books stand
out in the national media, bookstores, and libraries.
    The prize finalists will be brought to Toronto and invited to speak about
their writing at a special installment of the Globe and Mail/Ben McMcNally
Brunch series event on Sunday, March 2, 2008 and to remain in Toronto to
participate in the Awards Ceremony and Gala Luncheon on Monday, March 3, 2008.
CBC Radio One's Ontario Today with host Rita Celli will present a two-hour
live broadcast of the Awards Ceremony beginning at 12 noon on Monday,
March 3, 2008.

    The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction is presented by the
Charles Taylor Foundation with the support of their partners: AVFX, Ben
McNally Books, BookTelevision, Bravo!, CBC Radio One, Canada Newswire (CNW),
Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, and Windfields Farm. For more information
please visit: www.thecharlestaylorprize.ca

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For further information: Editor's Note: journalists wishing to interview
Lorna Goodison or any of the four other shortlisted authors are asked to
contact publicist Stephen Weir at (416) 489-5868, stephen@stephenweir.com;
Linda Crane at (905) 257-6033, cranepr@cogeco.ca; or June Dickenson at (905)
689-0388, junedickenson@cogeco.ca

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