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Elizabeth Hay, Darrel McLeod among 10 finalists for RBC Taylor Prize

Elizabeth Hay (left) and Darrel McLeod (right) are among the longlisted writers for the RBC Taylor Prize (Ilja Herb: McLeod)

The RBC Taylor Prize, one of Canada’s most prestigious prizes for non-fiction, announced its 10 longlisted books on Dec. 5.

McClelland & Stewart dominated the longlist with three finalists: former Governor General David Johnston’s manifesto, Trust: Twenty Ways To Build A Better Country; Allan Levine’s Seeking the Fabled City: The Canadian Jewish Experience; and Elizabeth Hay’s All Things Consoled: A Daughter’s Memoir, which won the 2018 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction in November.

The list also includes the Governor General’s Literary Award–winning memoir Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age, by Darrel McLeod. The finalists were chosen by writers Camilla Gibb, Roy MacGregor, and Beverley McLachlin.

The longlist is as follows:

Ÿ• Son of a Critch: A Childish Newfoundland Memoir, Mark Critch (Viking/Penguin Canada)
ŸJust Let Me Look at You: On Fatherhood, Bill Gaston (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin Canada)
•Ÿ Jan in 35 Pieces: A Memoir in Music, Ian Hampton (Porcupine’s Quill)
Ÿ• Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Roads, Kate Harris (Knopf Canada)
•Ÿ All Things Consoled: A Daughter’s Memoir, Elizabeth Hay (McClelland & Stewart)
• Trust: Twenty Ways to Build a Better Country, David Johnston (Signal/M&S)
Ÿ• Seeking the Fabled City: The Canadian Jewish Experience, Allan Levine (McClelland & Stewart)
Ÿ• Power, Prime Ministers and the Press: The Battle for Truth on Parliament Hill, Robert Lewis (Dundurn Press)
Ÿ• Heart Berries: A Memoir, Terese Marie Mailhot (Doubleday Canada)
• Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age, Darrel McLeod (Douglas & MacIntyre)

The shortlist for the prize will be announced on Jan. 9, with the winning title announced at a gala on March 4. Each shortlisted author will receive $5,000 and the winner will receive $25,000.