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2019 RBC Taylor Prize Finalists!


Following December’s announcement of the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize longlist, the five finalists for the award were recently revealed.

This year’s shortlisted titles include: Darrel McLeod’s Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age (already the recipient of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction); self-described “wanderer” Kate Harris’ first book, Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road; All Things Consoled: A Daughter’s Story, a reflection on family and caregiving by Ottawa’s own Elizabeth Hay; Vancouver cellist Ian Hampton’s Jan In 35 Pieces: A Memoir in Music; and Bill Gaston’s Just Let Me Look at You: On Fatherhood.

Juried this year by author Camilla Gibb, journalist and novelist Roy MacGregor, and former Chief Justice of Canada (and mystery writer!) Beverley McLachlin, the prize recognizes excellence in literary non-fiction, awarding $25,000 to the winning author, in addition to the $5,000 each of those on the shortlist receive. The winner is also given the opportunity to recognize and mentor a nascent author. In 2018, Tanya Talaga’s Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City took the prize. In turn, Talaga selected Haudenosaunee writer Alicia Elliott for the Emerging Writer award. Elliott’s A Mind Spread Out on the Ground is set to be released early this spring.

This year’s RBC Taylor Prize winner is to be announced on March 4.


Image: Mamaskatch


A Cree Coming of Age
By McLeod, Darrel
Image: Lands of Lost Borders

Lands of Lost Borders

Out of Bounds on the Silk Road
By Harris, Kate
Image: All Things Consoled

All Things Consoled

A Daughter's Story
By Hay, Elizabeth
Image: Jan in 35 Pieces

Jan in 35 Pieces

A Memoir in Music
By Hampton, Ian
Image: Just Let Me Look at You

Just Let Me Look at You

On Fatherhood
By Gaston, Bill
Image: Seven Fallen Feathers

Seven Fallen Feathers

Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in A Northern City
By Talaga, Tanya