Sunday, 24 January 2010
E-TALK IS NOW PRIZE-TALK. CAMERA HUNTS DOWN AND CAPTURES (ON TAPE) THE STARS OF THE 2010 CHARLES TAYLOR PRIZE FOR LITERARY NON-FICTION
CTV's popular entertainment newsmagazine E-Talk, is producing a special show on the 2010 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. The programme will be aired nationally in February shortly after the Awards Luncheon.
The E-Talk crew is in the process of interviewing the "stars" of this year's Award programme. E-Talk is interviewing the authors and members of the Prize Foundation in relevant settings. Short-listed author Kenneth Whyte was interviewed in his Maclean's Magazine office (he is the publisher). Francophone Daniel Poliquin was interviewed in Toronto's most famous French Bistro, Le Select. Ian Brown was filmed in his home and at his desk in the Globe and Mail newsroom. Dr. John English will be interviewed soon. And Prize trustee Dr. David Staines? Against a backdrop of a private library of course!
David is a professor of English at the University of Ottawa. He is a founding member of the Scotiabank Giller Prize Advisory Board and he also serves as General Editor of the New Canadian Library and Editor of The Journal of Canadian Poetry.
This year's short-listed authors are:
Globe and Mail columnist Ian Brown - The Boy in the Moon: A Father's Search For His Disabled Son;
Dr. John English - Just Watch Me: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, 1968-2000;
Dr. Daniel Poliquin - Rene Levesque;
Maclean's Magazine publisher Kenneth Whyte - The Uncrowned King: The Sensational Rise of William Randolph Hearst.
The Prize commemorates the late Charles Taylor, one of Canada's foremost essayists, a foreign correspondent and a prominent member of the Canadian literary community whose dream was to raise the public profile of literary non-fiction.
The Prize consists of $25,000 for the winning author and $2,000 for each runner-up with promotional support for each shortlisted title.
The winner of the 2010 Prize will be announced at a Gala Luncheon and Awards Ceremony on Monday, February 8th. The Prize is presented by the Charles Taylor Foundation with generous support from Bravo!, Book Television, Ben McNally Books, CTV, CNW Group, Event Source, Windfield Farm Limited, Le Meridien King Edward Hotel, The Globe and Mail, and Quill & Quire. For more information:www.thecharlestaylorprize.ca.
Photographs by Stephen Weir
CUTLINES: Top - Dr. David Staines under the glare of the E-Talk camera lights
Bottom - There is an E-Talk truck in the driveway!