March 1st at Eaton Centre - only free public event

    Indigo & Charles Taylor Prize to hold unique 5-author reading

    TORONTO, Feb. 21 /CNW/ - The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary
Non-Fiction has teamed up with Indigo Books & Music to stage a unique
five-author speaking event on March 1st at the Toronto Eaton Centre. The five
finalists for the 2008 $25,000 prize will share a stage at the Indigo
bookstore to discuss and read from their nominated books.
    The Saturday afternoon reading is the only free public event for this
year's Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. Beginning at 2:00 p.m.,
each author will speak for approximately 5 minutes. Noted author and Charles
Taylor Foundation trustee Dr. David Staines will moderate the talk. At
2:30 p.m. the authors will be available to sign books and meet with

    The short-listed authors and their nominated books are as follows:

    -  Kevin Bazzana - Lost Genius: The Story of a Forgotten Musical Maverick
    -  David Gilmour - The Film Club: A True Story of a Father and Son
    -  Lorna Goodison - From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her
    -  Richard Gwyn - John A: The Man Who Made Us
    -  Anna Porter - Kasztner's Train: The True Story of Rezso Kasztner,
                     Unknown Hero of the Holocaust

    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. The prize consists
of $25,000 for the winning author, $2,000 for the finalists, as well as
promotional support to help all short-listed books stand out in the national
media, bookstores, and libraries.
    The prize finalists are being brought to Toronto and have agreed to speak
about their writing at the Eaton Centre and at a special installment of the
Globe and Mail/Ben McMcNally Brunch series ticketed event on Sunday, March 2.
All of the authors will attend 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. Please visit:

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For further information: Stephen Weir, Publicist, (416) 489-5868, (416)

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