It’s a good day for Modris Eksteins and Robert Fowler, who today were both nominated for the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-fiction and the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-fiction.
Eksteins and Fowler are joined on the Charles Taylor longlist by 13 other titles, including Ross King’s Leonardo and the Last Supper, which won the 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award for English-language non-fiction.
The finalists vying for the $25,000 prize are:
- The Pursuit of Perfection: A Life of Celia Franca, Carol Bishop-Gwyn (Cormorant Books)
- Warlords: Borden, Mackenzie King, and Canada’s World Wars, Tim Cook (Allen Lane Canada)
- Walls: Travels Along the Barricades by Marcello Di Cintio (Goose Lane Editions)
- Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page, Sandra Djwa (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
- Solar Dance: Genius, Forgery, and the Crisis of Truth in the Modern Age, Modris Eksteins (Knopf Canada)
- A Season in Hell: My 130 Days in the Sahara With Al Qaeda, Robert Fowler (HarperCollins Canada)
- Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else, Chrystia Freeland (Doubleday Canada)
- March Forth: The Inspiring True Story of a Canadian Soldier’s Journey of Love, Hope and Survival, Trevor and Debbie Greene (HarperCollins Canada)
- Leonardo and The Last Supper, Ross King (Bond Street Books)
- Working the Dead Beat: 50 Lives That Changed Canada, Sandra Martin (House of Anansi Press)
- Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy, Andrew Preston (Knopf Canada)
- What We Talk About When We Talk About War, Noah Richler (Goose Lane)
- Chronic Condition: Why Canada’s Health-Care System Needs to Be Dragged Into the 21st Century, Jeffrey Simpson (Allen Lane Canada)
- Epistolophilia: Writing the Life of Ona Šimaithe, Julija Šukys (University of Nebraska Press)
- The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos, Neil Turok (Anansi)
Th shortlist, as selected by the jury – television program chief Susanne Boyce, author and political columnist Richard Gwyn, and author Joseph Kertes – will be announced Jan. 9. The winner will be revealed March 4.