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The RBC Taylor Prize has announced its 2014 jurors and longlist.
The $25,000 national award, formerly known as the Charles Taylor Prize for Non-fiction, announced its rebranding earlier this week, along with a new $10,000 prize for an emerging writer to be selected by the winner.
This year’s jurors are British-based Canadian literature professor Coral Ann Howells, editor James Polk, and 2012 Taylor Prize winner Andrew Westoll.
The jury’s longlist picks are as follows:
- The Juggler’s Children: A Journey in Family, Legend and the Genes that Bind Us by Carolyn Abraham (Random House Canada)
- The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Century by Charlotte Gray (HarperCollins Canada)
- Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark: The West Versus the Rest Since Confederation by Mary Janigan (Knopf Canada)
- The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King (Doubleday Canada)
- The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be by J.B. MacKinnon (Random House Canada)
- The War that Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 by Margaret MacMillan (Allen Lane)
- How Architecture Works: A Humanist’s Toolkit by Witold Rybcynski (Farrar, Straus & Giroux/Raincoast)
- The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan by Graeme Smith (Knopf Canada)
- Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life by David Stouck (Douglas & McIntyre)
- Without Honour: The True Story of the Shafia Family and the Kingston Canal Murders by Ron Tripp (HarperCollins)
- Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter: Growing Up with a Gay Dad by Alison Wearing (Knopf Canada)
- Little Ship of Fools: 16 Rowers, 1 Improbable Boat, 7 Tumultuous Weeks on the Atlantic by Charles Wilkins (Greystone Books)
The shortlist will be announced Jan. 15, with the winner revealed on March 10.