Since it was launched in 2000, the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-fiction has traditionally been among the first major literary prizes celebrated in the new year.
Now, for the first time, organizers have revealed a longlist of titles under consideration, citing both “the large number of publishers’ submissions that are received each year” and “the opportunity to promote the best of these books in the all-important Christmas bookselling season.”
Selected from 115 submissions by a jury comprising Allan M. Brandt, Stevie Cameron, and Susan Renouf, the inaugural Charles Taylor Prize longlist is as follows:
- Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter by Carmen Aguirre (Douglas & McIntyre)
- Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest by Wade Davis (Knopf Canada)
- The Patrol: Seven Days in the Life of a Canadian Soldier in Afghanistan by Ryan Flavelle (HarperCollins Canada)
- Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe by Charlotte Gill (Greystone Books)
- Nation Maker: Sir John A. MacDonald: His Life, Our Times Volume Two: 1867“1891 by Richard Gwyn (Random House Canada)
- The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit by J. J. Lee (McClelland & Stewart)
- Facing the Hunter: Reflections on a Misunderstood Way of Life by David Adams Richards (Doubleday Canada)
- Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live by Ray Robertson (Biblioasis)
- Afflictions and Departures by Madeline Sonik (Anvil Press)
- The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A Canadian Story of Resilience and Recovery by Andrew Westoll (HarperCollins Canada)
- Bad Animals: A Father’s Accidental Education in Autism by Joel Yanofsky (Viking Canada)
For those keeping count, D&M Publishers, Random House of Canada, and HarperCollins Canada all have multiple nominations. Six of the 11 longlisted titles also appeared on the longlist for the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-fiction, which announced its shortlist last week.
The Charles Taylor Prize shortlist will be revealed Jan. 10, with the winner, who receives $25,000, being announced March 5.