Sunday 3 March 2019


Prize Founder Noreen Taylor (r) with two jury members,
Roy McGregor, Camilla Gibb and Foundation member VJ Parmar in front of the shortlist books.
WHEN: Monday March 4, 2018 Luncheon: 12 noon | Announcement 1:40 p.m.  The Omni King Edward Hotel in downtown Toronto
This Monday, March 4th one of five RBC Taylor Prize finalists will be named the winner of the Prize. The Prize consists of $5,000 for each of the finalists, and a further $25,000 for the winner (winner also receives a custom designed crystal trophy). The announcement will take place at approximately 1:40 p.m. following the presentation of the finalists, who will each receive an authentic leather-bound edition of their book.
The Omni King Edward Hotel, Crystal Ballroom, 17th Floor 
37 King St. East, Toronto M5C 1E9
The five finalists are:The finalists for the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize are:
• Just Let Me Look at You: On Fatherhood, by Bill Gaston, published by Hamish Hamilton/Penguin Canada
• Jan in 35 Pieces: A Memoir in Music, by Ian Hampton, published by Porcupine's Quill
• Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road, by Kate Harris, published by Knopf Canada.
• All Things Consoled: A Daughter's Memoir, by Elizabeth Hay, published by McClelland & Stewart
• Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age, by Darrel J. McLeod, published by Douglas & MacIntyre.
About The RBC Taylor Prize
Established in 1998 by the trustees of the Charles Taylor Foundation and first awarded in 2000, 2019 marks the eighteenth awarding of the RBC Taylor Prize, which commemorates Charles Taylor's pursuit of excellence in the field of literary non-fiction. Awarded 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 Prize consists of $30,000 for the winner and $5,000 for each of the remaining finalists. All authors are presented with a custom leather bound version of their shortlisted book at the awards ceremony. All finalists receive promotional support for their nominated titles.
Sharing a commitment to emerging Canadian talent, The Charles Taylor Foundation and RBC will also grant the sixth annual RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writers Award. Shortly after the announcement of the 2019 Prize, its winner will name their choice of emerging author to receive this $10,000 award.
The trustees of the Charles Taylor Foundation are: Vijay ParmarDavid StainesEdward TaylorNadina Taylor, and Noreen Taylor. The Prize Manager is Sheila Kay.
The presenting sponsor of the RBC Taylor Prize is RBC Wealth Management. Its media sponsors are The Globe and Mail, Cision, Quill & Quire magazine; its in-kind sponsors are Ben McNally Books, Event Source, TIFA, and the Omni King Edward Hotel. Howl Radio CIUT FM and Open Book are Friends of the Prize.
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