Star's Tanya Talaga on RBC Taylor Prize long list
The Star’s Tanya Talaga has been named one of the nominees for the $30,000 RBC Taylor prize for her book Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City.
She joins nine other authors on the list for the well-regarded non-fiction prize. The long list was chosen from 153 books submitted by 110 Canadian and international publishers.
The other nominees are:
- Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on Bering’s Great Voyage to Alaska, by Stephen R. Bown (Canmore, AB), published by Douglas & McIntyre
- How to Fall in Love with Anyone, by Mandy Len Catron (Vancouver, BC), published by Simon & Schuster
- Yardwork: A Biography of an Urban Place, Daniel Coleman (Hamilton, ON), published by Wolsak and Wynn Publishers
- The Marriott Cell: An Epic Journey from Cairo’s Scorpion Prison to Freedom, by Mohamed Fahmy and Carol Shaben (Vancouver), published by Random House Canada
- Solitude: A Singular Life in a Crowded World, by Michael Harris (Vancouver), published by Doubleday Canada
- Life on the Ground Floor: Letters From the Edge of Emergency Medicine, by James Maskalyk (Toronto), published by Doubleday Canada. This book won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction earlier this fall.
- A History of Canada in Ten Maps: Epic Stories of Charting a Mysterious Land, by Adam Shoalts (Hamilton), published by Allen Lane Canada / Penguin Random House Canada
- In the Name of Humanity, by Max Wallace (Toronto), published by Allen Lane Canada / Penguin Random House Canada
- Apron Strings: Navigating Food and Family in France, Italy, and China, by Jan Wong (Fredericton, NB), published by Goose Lane Edition
Talaga’s book has been nominated for numerous prizes this year, including the 2017 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and the 2018 B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.
The RBC Taylor Prize was set up in 1993 to honour journalist Charles Taylor. The award is meant to recognize the author “whose book best combines a superb command of the English language, an elegance of style, and a subtlety of thought and perception,” according to a statement.
The short list will be announced Jan, 10 with the winner revealed at a gala luncheon on Feb. 26. The winner will receive $30,000; each finalist on the short list will receive $5,000.
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