RBC Taylor Prize
|RBC Taylor Prize|
|Awarded for||English-language Canadian non-fiction|
|Presented by||RBC Wealth Management and the Charles Taylor Foundation|
The RBC Taylor Prize, formerly known as 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 was inaugurated in 2000, and was presented biennially until 2004. At the 2004 awards ceremony, it was announced that the Charles Taylor Prize would become an annual award.
The award has a monetary value of $25,000.
The award adopted its present name in December 2013, when RBC Wealth Management was announced as the new corporate sponsor. In addition, under RBC's sponsorship the award is adding a second $10,000 award for an emerging Canadian literary non-fiction writer between the ages of 18 and 35, to be chosen by the winner of the main award. This award was presented for the first time at the 2014 ceremony.
Winners and nominees
|2000||Wayne Johnston, Baltimore's Mansion|
|2002||Carol Shields, Jane Austen||
|2004||Isabel Huggan, Belonging: Home Away From Home||
|2005||Charles Montgomery, The Last Heathen: Encounters with Ghosts and Ancestors in Melanesia||
|2006||J. B. MacKinnon, Dead Man in Paradise|
|2007||Rudy Wiebe, Of This Earth: A Mennonite Boyhood in the Boreal Forest|
|2008||Richard Gwyn, John A.: The Man Who Made Us: The Life and Times of John A. Macdonald, Vol. One: 1815-1867|
|2009||Tim Cook, Shock Troops: Canadians Fighting the Great War 1917-1918|
|2010||Ian Brown, The Boy in the Moon: A Father's Search For His Disabled Son|
|2011||Charles Foran, Mordecai: The Life & Times||
|2012||Andrew Westoll, The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A Canadian Story of Resilience and Recovery|
|2013||Andrew Preston, Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy|
|2014||Thomas King, The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America|
|2015||Plum Johnson, They Left Us Everything|
|2016||TBA March 7, 2016||
RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award
The RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award was instituted for the first time in 2014. The award is presented to an emerging writer selected by the winner of that year's primary award, and consists of $10,000 and a mentorship from the writer who made the selection.
- "Charles Taylor Prize now known as RBC Taylor Prize; adds secondary award". Victoria Times Colonist, December 9, 2013.
- "Andrew Preston takes Charles Taylor Non-Fiction Prize". Toronto Star, March 4, 2013.
- "Five authors vie for prestigious $25,000 Taylor Prize". The Globe and Mail, January 15, 2014.
- "Thomas King wins $25K RBC Taylor Prize for non-fiction". CBC News, March 10, 2014.
- "Plum Johnson wins the RBC Taylor Prize for non-fiction". The Globe and Mail, March 2, 2015.
- "RBC Taylor Prize short list stacked with ‘searingly honest’ personal tales". Toronto Star, January 13, 2016.
- "Writer, scholar, storyteller and First Nations activist Leanne Simpson named recipient of inaugural RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award". CNW Group, March 17, 2014.
- "Iain Reid wins $10K RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writer Award". CBC Books, May 11, 2015.