Non-fic­tion RBC award fi­nal­ists an­nounced

Books about life in N.L., trav­els on Silk Road top RBC Tay­lor Prize long list

The Recorder & Times (Brockville) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

TORONTO — Mem­oirs about grow­ing up in New­found­land in the ’80s, trav­el­ling the Silk Road by bike and the pain of tend­ing to el­derly par­ents are among the 10 books named to the RBC Tay­lor Prize.

Jurors Camilla Gibb, Roy Mac­Gre­gor and Bev­er­ley McLach­lin re­leased their long list to­day for the Cana­dian non­fic­tion prize af­ter a re­view of more than 100 books.

On the list are works by Mark Critch, Bill Gas­ton, Ian Hamp­ton, Kate Har­ris, El­iz­a­beth Hay, David John­ston, Al­lan Levine, Robert Lewis, Terese Marie Mail­hot and Dar­rel McLeod.

The judg­ing panel says the books were “breath­tak­ing in their range of top­ics,” and serve as a “barom­e­ter for cur­rent is­sues, from rec­on­cil­i­a­tion to po­lit­i­cal trust.”

The short list for the Tay­lor Prize will be an­nounced Jan. 9 and the win­ner will be named on March 4, 2019.

The prize was cre­ated in 1998 by the Charles Tay­lor Foun­da­tion and awards the win­ner with $25,000, plus $5,000 given to ev­ery fi­nal­ist. The full long list in­cludes: Son of a Critch: A Child­ish New­found­land Mem­oir, by Mark Critch (Vik­ing/Pen­guin Canada)

Just Let Me Look at You: On Fa­ther­hood, by Bill Gas­ton (Hamish Hamil­ton/Pen­guin Canada)

Jan in 35 Pieces: A Mem­oir in Mu­sic, by Ian Hamp­ton (Por­cu­pine’s Quill)

Lands of Lost Bor­ders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Roads, by Kate Har­ris (Knopf Canada)

All Things Con­soled: A Daugh­ter’s Mem­oir, by El­iz­a­beth Hay (Mc­Clel­land & Ste­wart)

Trust: Twenty Ways to Build a Bet­ter Coun­try, by David John­ston (Sig­nal/M&S) Seek­ing the Fabled City: The Cana­dian Jewish Ex­pe­ri­ence, by Al­lan Levine (Mc­Clel­land and Ste­wart)

Power, Prime Min­is­ters and the Press: The Bat­tle for Truth on Par­lia­ment Hill, by Robert Lewis (Dun­durn Press)

Heart Berries: A Mem­oir, by Terese Marie Mail­hot (Dou­ble­day Canada)

Ma­maskatch: A Cree Com­ing of Age, by Dar­rel McLeod (Dou­glas & MacIn­tyre)

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