SAVE THE DATE: RBC Taylor Prize Shortlist Announced Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017

Canada's Most Prestigious Prize for Literary Non-Fiction gathers industry for important announcement

TORONTO, Dec. 25, 2016 /CNW/ -

Who: Noreen Taylor, chair of the Charles Taylor Foundation and Prize founder
Presenting Sponsor Vijay Parmar, president of RBC PH&N Investment Counsel, Jurors John English, Ann MacMillan, and Colin McAdam

What: RBC Taylor Prize Shortlist Announcement Event

Why: To hear the names of the shortlist and celebrate all 12 books on the RBC Taylor Prize longlist

When: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 10:00 am sharp

Where: The Omni King Edward Hotel, Main Level Consort Bar, 37 King Street East, downtown Toronto

2017 RBC Taylor Prize Longlist:

  • Waiting for First Light: My Ongoing Battle with PTSD by Romeo Dallaire, published by Random House Canada
  • By Chance Alone: A Remarkable True Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz by Max Eisen, published by HarperCollins Canada
  • Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier's Story of a Forgotten War by Matti Friedman, published by Algonquin Books
  • An Intimate Wilderness: Arctic Voices in a Land of Vast Horizons by Norman Hallendy, published by Greystone Books
  • Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of Water Lilies by Ross King, published by Bond Street Books
  • The Killer Whale Who Changed the World by Mark Leiren-Young, published by Greystone Books
  • Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World by Marc Raboy, published by Oxford University Press
  • Quinn: The Life of a Hockey Legend, published by Viking
  • This Is Not My Life: A Memoir of Love, Prison, and Other Complications by Diane Schoemperlen, published by HarperCollins Canada
  • Wait Time: A Memoir of Cancer by Kenneth Sherman, published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press
  • Invisible North: The Search for Answers on a Troubled Reserve by Alexandra Shimo, published by Dundurn Press
  • A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan Before 1905 by Bill Waiser, published by Fifth House Books

The RBC Taylor Prize recognizes excellence in Canadian non-fiction writing and emphasizes the development of the careers of the authors it celebrates.

Key Dates: The RBC Taylor Prize Shortlist will be announced at a news conference on Wednesday, January 11 and the winner revealed at a gala luncheon on Monday, March 6, 2017.

About The RBC Taylor Prize: Established biennially in 1998 by the trustees of the Charles Taylor Foundation, 2017 marks the sixteenth awarding of the RBC Taylor Prize, which commemorates Charles Taylor's pursuit of excellence in the field of literary non-fiction.  Awarded 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 winner and $2,000 for each of the remaining finalists, as well as promotional support to help all of the nominated books to stand out in the media, bookstores, and libraries. All authors are presented with a custom leather bound version of their shortlisted book at the awards ceremony.

Rosemary Sullivan won the 2016 RBC Taylor Prize for her book Stalin's Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva, published by HarperCollins Publishers. Ms Sullivan selected Adnan Khan as the third recipient of the RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writer Award, which was established in 2013 to provide recognition and assistance to a Canadian published author who is working on a significant writing project in literary non-fiction.

The trustees of the Charles Taylor Foundation are Michael Bradley, Vijay Parmar, David Staines, Edward Taylor, Nadina Taylor, and Noreen Taylor.

The presenting sponsor of the RBC Taylor Prize is RBC Wealth Management. Its media sponsors are The Globe and Mail, CNW Group, The Huffington Post Canada, Maclean's magazine, Quill & Quire magazine, and SiriusXM; its in-kind sponsors are Ben McNally Books, Event Source, IFOA, The Omni King Edward Hotel, and the Toronto Public Library Board.

SOURCE RBC Taylor Prize

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