TORONTO, Feb. 9 /CNW/ - The Winner of the 2009 Charles Taylor Prize for
Literary Non-Fiction is Tim Cook (Ottawa) for his book Shock Troops: Canadians
Fighting the Great War, 1917 1918, Volume Two, published by Viking Canada. The
prize of $25,000 was awarded Monday, February 9, 2009, at a gala luncheon held
in the historic Sovereign Ballroom of Torontos Le Meridien King Edward Hotel.
Shortlisted authors Elizabeth Abbott and Ana Siljak each received $2,000.
Of the book, the jury said: With tremendous detail and almost unstoppable
narrative momentum, this book gives a harrowing account of a pivotal moment in
world history that would transform Canadas idea of itself. By shifting focus
between grand strategy and on-the-ground struggle, Tim Cook creates a
kaleidoscopic story that reveals the difficult relationships that formed among
politicians, commanders and ordinary soldiers in their attempts to prepare
for, and execute, a series of near-impossible missions. Through these stories
of horror and heroism, what shines through most brilliantly is the complex
humanity of the characters.
Tim Cook is the Great War historian at the Canadian War Museum, as well
as an adjunct research professor at Carleton University. He is the author of
the award-winning books No Place to Run and Clios Warriors as well as At the
Sharp End: Canadians Fighting the Great War, Volume One, which won the 2007
J.W. Dafoe Prize and the 2008 Ottawa Book Award. Tim Cook lives in Ottawa.
The jurors for the 2009 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction are
Warren Cariou (Winnipeg), Jeffrey Simpson (Ottawa), and Shirley Thomson
(Ottawa). They selected Shock Troops: Canadians Fighting the Great War, 1917
1918, Volume Two from among 135 books, submitted by 43 publishers, from all
across Canada. Books in the genre of literary non-fiction, published between
November 1, 2007, and October 31, 2008, were eligible for submission if
authored by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and widely available for
purchase in Canada.
The prestigious Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction recognizes
excellence in Canadian non-fiction writing. Since its inception in 1998, the
prize has fostered a growing interest in non-fiction, engaged Canadians in the
genre of literary non-fiction, and boosted sales of the winning authors books.
Founded in commemoration of the late Charles Taylor, one of Canadas foremost
essayists and a prominent member of the Canadian literary community, the 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
The trustees of the Charles Taylor Foundation are Michael Bradley
(Toronto), Judith Mappin (Montreal), David Staines (Ottawa), and Noreen Taylor
The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction is presented by the
Charles Taylor Foundation with the generous support of its partners: AVFX, Ben
McNally Books, Bravo! and Book Television, Canada Newswire (CNW), CBC Radio
One, Le Meridien King Edward Hotel, Quill & Quire, The Globe and Mail, and
Windfields Farm. Todays awards ceremony was broadcast live on CBC Radio Ones
Ontario Today with host Rita Celli.
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