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2013 Taylor Prize Longlist Announced

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The Charles Taylor Prize

Wondering what to read over the holidays? Noreen Taylor, founder of The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, suggests using the 2013 Taylor Prize longlist as a guide.

"Last year the prize announced its first ever longlist and found that sharing the jury’s selections to be so valuable to authors and publishers, that we have decided to do it again. Announcing the longlist at the height of the Christmas shopping season will help discriminating book buyers find the right gift for any number of people on their list. There’s nothing like a great read over the Christmas break."

The 15 titles were chosen from a list of 129 books written by Canadians, submitted for consideration, and published between October 22, 2011 and October 21, 2012:

1. The Pursuit of Perfection: A Life of Celia Franca by Carol Bishop-Gwyn (Toronto), published by Cormorant Books

2. Warlords: Borden, Mackenzie King, and Canada’s World Wars by Tim Cook (Ottawa), published by Allen Lane

3. Walls: Travels Along the Barricades by Marcello Di Cintio (Calgary), published by Goose Lane Editions

4. Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page by Sandra Djwa (Vancouver), published by McGill-Queen’s University Press

5. Solar Dance: Genius, Forgery, and the Crisis of Truth in the Modern Age by Modris Ecksteins (Toronto), published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada

6. A Season in Hell: My 130 Days in the Sahara With Al Qaeda by Robert Fowler (Ottawa), published by HarperCollins Publishers

7. Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else by Chrystia Freeland (New York City), published by Doubleday Canada

8. March Forth: The Inspiring True Story of a Canadian Soldier’s Journey of Love, Hope and Survival by Trevor and Debbie Greene (Nanaimo), published by HarperCollins Publishers

9. Leonardo and The Last Supper by Ross King (Oxford), published by Bond Street Books

10. Working the Dead Beat: 50 Lives That Changed Canada by Sandra Martin (Toronto), published by House of Anansi Press

11. Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy by Andrew Preston (Cambridge), published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada

12. What We Talk About When We Talk About War by Noah Richler (Toronto), published by Goose Lane Editions

13. Chronic Condition: Why Canada’s Health-Care System Needs to be Dragged Into the 21st Century by Jeffrey Simpson (Ottawa), published by Allen Lane

14. Epistolophilia: Writing the Life of Ona Šimaithe by Julija Šukys (Montreal), published by University of Nebraska Press

15. The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos by Neil Turok (Waterloo), published by House of Anansi Press
 
The shortlist will be announced January 9, 2013. The prize will be awarded on March 4, 2013 "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 winner will receive $25,000 and $2,000 will go to each of the remaining finalists.

For more information, check out the official website.

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