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Demand Exceeds Supply for Charles Taylor Prize Short listed Books

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The demand is so high for the books shortlisted for the Charles Taylor Prize, two of the books are being reprinted in hardcover. The third book is listed as a Globe and Mail Top 100 of 2008.

Watch 90-second profiles of Charles Taylor Prize finalists Elizabeth Abbott, Tim Cook and Ana Siljak on YouTube.

CTP Press Release:

Quantities of two of the three books short listed for The 2009 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction have been running low at the bookstores. Penguin Canada, publishers of Sugar: A Bittersweet History by Elizabeth Abbott and Shock Troops: Canadians Fighting the Great War, 1917-1918 Volume Two by Tim Cook, recently announced that both books have gone into their second hardcover printing and will be available widely this month.

In the case of Shock Troops, strong sales, following its launch last fall led to a shortfall in supply after Christmas. With February being Black History month, and much of Sugar being devoted to the African roots of the commodity, it is expected that interest in the book will continue to do well. Sugar is also available in a French language edition.

The third title on this year's Charles Taylor Prize shortlist, Angel of Vengeance: The Girl Assassin, The Governor of St. Petersburg, and Russia's Revolutionary World by Ana Siljak and published by H.B. Fenn was named as one of the top 100 non-fiction titles of 2008 by The Globe and Mail and according to its publisher, continues to be moving off store shelves.

The prestigious Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction recognizes excellence in Canadian non-fiction writing. Since its inception in 2000, 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.

This year's prize will be announced on Monday, February 9th at a luncheon to honour the three authors. The CTP Luncheon takes place at Le Meridien King Edward Hotel, Toronto and will be carried live at noon on CBC Radio One's Ontario Today.

The prize consists of $25,000 for the winning author and $2,000 for each of the runners-up, as well as promotional and publicity support for each title.

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 BookTelevision, Canada Newswire (CNW), CBC Radio One, Le Meridien King Edward Hotel, Quill & Quire, The Globe and Mail, and Windfields Farm.

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