The longlist for this year’s RBC Taylor Prize for Canadian literary non-fiction has been announced.
The jury – comprising Susanne Boyce, former CTV content and creative president; novelist Steven Galloway; and Stephen J. Toope, director of the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs – chose the following titles from 120 books submitted by 39 Canadian and international publishers:
- Ian Brown, Sixty: A Diary of My Sixty-First Year (Random House Canada)
- Austin Clarke, ’Membering (Dundurn Press)
- Andrew Cohen, Two Days in June: John F. Kennedy and the 48 Hours that Made History (Signal Editions/McClelland & Stewart)
- Will Ferguson, Road Trip Rwanda: A Journey Into the New Heart of Africa (Viking Canada)
- Camilla Gibb, This is Happy (Doubleday Canada)
- David Halton, Dispatches from the Front: The Life of Matthew Halton, Canada’s Voice at War (Penguin Random House Canada)
- Wab Kinew, The Reason You Walk (Viking Canada)
- Marius Kociejowski, Zoroaster’s Children: & Other Travels (Biblioasis)
- Siobhan Roberts, Genuis at Play: The Curious Mind of John Horton Conway (Bloomsbury U.S.)
- Rosemary Sullivan, Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva (HarperCollins)
- Ann Walmsley, The Prison Book Club (Penguin Canada)
- Michael Winter, Into the Blizzard: Walking the Fields of the Newfoundland Dead (Doubleday Canada)
For future deliberations this year, author and previous jury member Joseph Kertes will take the place of Steven Galloway, who is stepping down for personal reasons. The prize’s shortlist will be announced on Jan. 13, and the winner at a gala luncheon on March 7, both at Toronto’s Omni King Edward Hotel.