Media Alert - The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction - Author Luncheon and Winner Announcement - Monday, February 9th

    TORONTO, Feb. 3 /CNW/ - Media are invited to cover the 8th awarding of
The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction on Monday, February 9th at
Le Meridien King Edward Hotel, Toronto.
    The CTP Author Luncheon honours the finalists for 2009, and provides
background on this year's short listed books. The reception, luncheon and
ceremony provide opportunities to hear from the authors and jurors, meet Prize
trustees and talk with representatives from Canada's publishing industry. The
luncheon concludes with the announcement the 2009 Prize winner between 1:00
p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
    Finalists for the 2009 Charles Taylor Prize are Elizabeth Abbott for
Sugar: A Bittersweet History; Tim Cook author of Shock Troops: Canadians
Fighting the Great War, 1917-1918 Vol. II; and Ana Siljak, author Angel of
Vengeance: The 'Girl Assassin', The Governor of St. Petersburg, and Russia's
Revolutionary World
    This year's jurors are author and past prize finalist Warren Cariou
(Winnipeg), writer and journalist Jeffrey Simpson (Ottawa) and arts and
culture expert Shirley Thomson (Ottawa).
    Prize Chair, Noreen Taylor will present a specially commissioned crystal
award and $25,000 Prize on behalf of The Charles Taylor Prize Foundation. The
two finalists will each receive $2,000.

    The Charles Taylor Prize recognizes excellence in Canadian writing. Among
the most prestigious in the country, this national book award was established
in 2000 to commemorate the life and work of one of Canada's foremost
essayists, the late Charles Taylor. Now in its 8th year, the Prize is
presented annually to a Canadian author whose book best demonstrates a superb
command of the English language, an elegance of style and a subtlety of
thought and perception. The Prize is a driving force behind the growth of
literary non-fiction and has been awarded annually since 2004.
    The announcement will be carried live on CBC Radio One, Ontario Today
with Rita Celli and on the web at For more
information visit:

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For further information: Media are requested to confirm attendance,
special requirements or interview requests with: Stephen Weir & Associates:
Stephen Weir, (416) 489-5868, cell: (416) 801-3101,;
Linda Crane: (905) 257-6033, cell: (416) 727-0112,

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