RBC Taylor Prize

Given by Charles Taylor Foundation

Other Names: Charles Taylor Prize, Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction
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The Charles Taylor Prize is a Canadian literary award, presented by the Charles Taylor Foundation to the best Canadian work of literary non-fiction. It is named for Charles Taylor, a noted Canadian show more historian and writer. The prize comes with a monetary value of $25,000. show less
All, Winner (19), Finalist (70), Longlist (52)
All, 2020 (5), 2019 (9), 2018 (10), 2017 (12), 2016 (11), 2015 (11), 2014 (12), 2013 (15), 2012 (11), 2011 (5), 2010 (4), 2009 (3), 2008 (5), 2007 (3), 2006 (4), 2005 (4), 2004 (5), 2002 (6), 2000 (6)

Winner 19

Finalist 70

Had It Coming: What's Fair in the Age of #MeToo? by Robyn Doolittle2020
Highway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference, and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls by Jessica Mcdiarmid2020
The Reality Bubble: Blind Spots, Hidden Truths, and the Dangerous Illusions that Shape Our World by Ziya Tong2020
The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator by Timothy C Winegard2020
Just Let Me Look at You: On Fatherhood by Bill Gaston2019
Jan in 35 Pieces: A Memoir in Music by Ian Hampton2019
All Things Consoled: A daughter's memoir by Elizabeth Hay2019
Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age by Darrel J. McLeod2019
Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on the World's Greatest Scientific Expedition (A Merloyd Lawrence Book) by Stephen R. Bown2018
Life on the Ground Floor by James Maskalyk2018
In the Name of Humanity by Max Wallace2018
By Chance Alone: A Remarkable True Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz by Max Eisen2017
Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier's Story by Matti Friedman2017
Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World by Marc Raboy2017
This Is Not My Life: A Memoir of Love, Prison, and Other Complications by Diane Schoemperlen2017
Sixty: A Diary of My Sixty-First Year: The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning? by Ian Brown2016
This Is Happy by Camilla Gibb2016
Dispatches from the Front: The Life of Matthew Halton, Canada's Voice at War by David Halton2016
The Reason You Walk: A Memoir by Wab Kinew2016
One Day in August: The Untold Story Behind Canada's Tragedy at Dieppe by David O'Keefe2015
The Last Asylum by Barbara Taylor2015
And Home Was Kariakoo: A Memoir of East Africa by M. G. Vassanji2015
Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage by Kathleen Winter2015
The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Country by Charlotte Gray2014
The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be by J. B. MacKinnon2014
The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan by Graeme Smith2014
Arthur Erickson: An Architect's Life by David Stouck2014
The Pursuit of Perfection: A Life of Celia Franca by Carol Bishop-Gwyn2013
Warlords: Borden;mackenzie King And Canada's World Wars by Tim Cook2013
Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page by Sandra Djwa2013
Leonardo and the Last Supper by Ross King2013
Into the silence by Wade Davis2012
Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe by Charlotte Gill2012
The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit by Jj Lee2012
Afflictions and Departures by Madeline Sonik2012
On the Farm: Robert William Pickton and the Tragic Story of Vancouver's Missing Women by Stevie Cameron2011
Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven by Ross King2011
The Geography of Arrival by George Sipos2011
The Love Queen of Malabar: Memoir of a Friendship with Kamala Das by Merrily Weisbord2011
Just Watch Me: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau: 1968-2000 by John English2010
René Lévesque by Daniel Poliquin2010
The Uncrowned King: The Sensational Rise of William Randolph Hearst by Kenneth Whyte2010
Sugar: A Bittersweet History by Elizabeth Abbott2009
Angel of Vengeance: The "Girl Assassin," the Governor of St. Petersburg, and Russia's Revolutionary World by Ana Siljak2009
Lost Genius: The Curious and Tragic Story of an Extraordinary Musical Prodigy by Kevin Bazzana2008
The Film Club: A Memoir by David Gilmour2008
From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her Island by Lorna Goodison2008
Kasztner's Train: The True Story of an Unknown Hero of the Holocaust by Anna Porter2008
Citizen of the World: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Volume One: 1919-1968 by John English2007
The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism by Ross King2007
The Greek for Love: A Memoir of Sorrow and Joy by James Chatto2006
Curse of The Narrows: The Halifax Disaster of 1917 by Laura M. Mac Donald2006
The Boys: Or, Waiting for the Electrician's Daughter by John Terpstra2006
Acquainted with the Night: Excursions Through the World After Dark by Christopher Dewdney2005
What the Stones Remember: A Life Rediscovered by Patrick Lane2005
A War Against Truth: An Intimate Account of the Invasion of Iraq by Paul William Roberts2005
In The Shadow Of Silence by Gertrud Baer2004
Lake of the Prairies by Warren Cariou2004
If This Is Your Land, Where Are Your Stories?: Finding Common Ground by J. Edward Chamberlin2004
Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan2004
Time Lord: The Remarkable Canadian Who Missed His Train and Changed the World by Clark Blaise2002
Things That Must Not Be Forgotten by Michael David Kwan2002
The Spinster and the Prophet: H.G. Wells, Florence Deeks, and the Case of the Plagiarized Text by A. B. McKillop2002
Notes from the Hyena's Belly: An Ethiopian Boyhood by Nega Mezlekia2002
The Geometry of Love: Space, Time, Mystery, and Meaning in an Ordinary Church by Margaret Visser2002
Losing the Dead by Lisa Appignanesi2000
Paper Shadows: A Memoir of a Past Lost and Found by Wayson Choy2000
The Warrior's Honor by Michael Ignatieff2000
A Clearing In The Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the 19th Century by Witold Rybczynski2000
Always give a penny to a blind man : a memoir by Eric Wright2000

Longlist 52

Son of a Critch: A Childish Newfoundland Memoir by Mark Critch2019
Trust: Twenty Ways to Build a Better Country by David Johnston2019
Seeking the Fabled City: The Canadian Jewish Experience by Allan Levine2019
Heart Berries: A Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot2019
How to Fall in Love with Anyone: A Memoir in Essays by Mandy Len Catron2018
Yardwork: A Biography of an Urban Place by Daniel Coleman2018
The Marriott Cell: An Epic Journey from Cairo's Scorpion Prison to Freedom by Mohamed Fahmy2018
Solitude: In Pursuit of a Singular Life in a Crowded World by Michael Harris2018
A History of Canada in Ten Maps: Epic Stories of Charting a Mysterious Land by Adam Shoalts2018
Apron Strings: Navigating Food and Family in France, Italy, and China by Jan Wong2018
Waiting for First Light: My Ongoing Battle with PTSD by Roméo Dallaire2017
An intimate wilderness : Arctic voices in a land of vast horizons by Norman Hallendy2017
The Killer Whale Who Changed the World by Mark Leiren-Young2017
Quinn: The Life of a Hockey Legend by Dan Robson2017
Wait Time: A Memoir of Cancer (Life Writing) by Kenneth Sherman2017
Invisible North: The Search for Answers on a Troubled Reserve by Alexandra Shimo2017
A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan Before 1905 by Bill Waiser2017
Two Days in June: John F. Kennedy and the 48 Hours that Made History by Andrew Cohen2016
Road Trip Rwanda: A Journey Into the New Heart of Africa by Will Ferguson2016
Zoroaster's Children: and Other Travels by Marius Kociejowski2016
Genius At Play: The Curious Mind of John Horton Conway by Siobhan Roberts2016
The Prison Book Club by Ann Walmsley2016
Into the Blizzard: Walking the Fields of the Newfoundland Dead by Michael Winter2016
The Necessary War, Volume 1: Canadians Fighting The Second World War:1939-1943 by Tim Cook2015
The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection by Michael Harris2015
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein2015
Berlin : Imagine a city by Rory MacLean2015
Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery2015
Warsaw 1944: Hitler, Himmler, and the Warsaw Uprising by Alexandra Richie2015
The Juggler's Children: A Journey into Family, Legend and the Genes that Bind Us by Carolyn Abraham2014
Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark: The West Versus the Rest Since Confederation by Mary Janigan2014
The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 by Margaret MacMillan2014
How Architecture Works: A Humanist's Toolkit by Witold Rybczynski2014
Without Honour by Rob Tripp2014
Confessions of a Fairy's Daughter: Growing Up with a Gay Dad by Alison Wearing2014
Little Ship of Fools: Sixteen Rowers, One Improbable Boat, Seven Tumultuous Weeks on the Atlantic by Charles Wilkins2014
Walls: Travels Along the Barricades by Marcello Di Cintio2013
Solar Dance: Genius, Forgery and the Crisis of Truth in the Modern Age by Modris Eksteins2013
A Season in Hell by Robert Fowler2013
Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else by Chrystia Freeland2013
March Forth: The Inspiring True Story of a Canadian Soldier's Journey of Love, Hope and Survival [Hardcover] by Trevor Greene2013
Working the Dead Beat: 50 Lives That Changed Canada by Sandra Martin2013
What We Talk About When We Talk About War by Noah Richler2013
Chronic Condition: Why Canada's Health-Care System Needs to be Dragged into the 21st Century by Jeffrey Simpson2013
Epistolophilia : writing the life of Ona Šimaitė by Julija Sukys2013
The Universe Within by Neil Turok2013
Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter by Carmen Aguirre2012
The Patrol: Seven Days in the Life of a Canadian Soldier in Afghanistan by Ryan Flavelle2012
Nation Maker: Sir John A. Macdonald: His Life, Our Times by Richard J. Gwyn2012
Facing the Hunter by David Adams Richards2012
Why Not?: Fifteen Reasons to Live by Ray Robertson2012
Bad Animals: A Father's Accidental Education in Autism by Joel Yanofsky2012


The Charles Taylor Prize is a Canadian literary award, presented by the Charles Taylor Foundation to the best Canadian work of literary non-fiction. It is named for Charles Taylor, a noted Canadian historian and writer. The prize comes with a monetary value of $25,000. (English, Member-written)
RBC TAYLOR PRIZE commemorates Charles Taylor’s pursuit of excellence in the field of literary non-fiction. The Prize will be awarded to the author whose book best combines a superb command of the English language, an elegance of style, and a subtlety of thought and perception. The Prize consists of $25,000 for the winner and $2,000 for each of the runners up. (English, Member-written)


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