/R E P E A T -- The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction ceremony will be on the airwaves February 9th/

    TORONTO, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - The winner of the 2009 Charles Taylor Prize for
Literary Non-Fiction will be announced on Monday, February 9, 2009, as part of
a two-hour live broadcast of CBC Radio One's Ontario Today with host Rita
Celli, beginning at 12:00 noon.
    The eighth annual award luncheon and broadcast will be held in Toronto's
King Edward Hotel. There are three authors in the running for this year's
prize - Elizabeth Abbott for Sugar: A Bittersweet History, Tim Cook for Shock
Troops: Canadians Fighting the Great War, 1917 - 1918, and Ana Siljak for
Angel of Vengeance: The "Girl Assassin," the Governor of St. Petersburg, and
Russia's Revolutionary World
    The Charles Taylor Foundation is delighted that once again, CBC Radio One
is broadcasting the awarding of the Prize live on-air throughout Ontario and
across Canada on the Internet. Rita Celli, host of Ontario Today, will anchor
the coverage from Toronto. During the broadcast, listeners will hear in-depth
interviews with the authors, and share in the suspense until the winner is
revealed, live on air. Listeners will also have the chance to win a trio of
signed, hardcover copies of all three nominated books.
    Ontario Today is the midday voice of Ontario, heard right across the
province each weekday from noon until 2 p.m on CBC Radio One. Host Rita Celli
promises to get 'beyond the pages' when she talks to the finalists. "These
books are tremendous," says Celli, " - and so are the authors. They pour their
souls into these books, and their own personal 'story making' journey is just
as compelling as the finished work."
    The Charles Taylor 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 prize consists of $25,000 for
the winning author and $2,000 for each of the runners-up, as well as
promotional support for short listed books. The Prize is commemorates the late
Charles Taylor, one of Canada's foremost essayists and a prominent member of
the Canadian literary community.
    The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction is presented by the
Charles Taylor Foundation with the support of their partners: AVFX, Ben
McNally Bravo! and BookTelevision, CBC Radio One, Canada Newswire (CNW), CTV,
The Globe and Mail, Le Meridien King Edward Hotel, Quill & Quire, and
Windfields Farm.
    For more information please visit: www.thecharlestaylorprize.ca. To
listen via the internet go to www.cbc.ca/ontariotoday and click on "Listen

    To download high resolution images of the jury, finalists and shortlisted
    titles please go to:

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    members of the media/

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