Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize

The Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize was a Canadian literary award, presented by the Writers' Trust of Canada to a work judged as the year's best work of biography, autobiography or personal memoir by a Canadian writer.[1]

Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize
Awarded forEnglish-language Canadian works of biography, autobiography or memoir
Presented byWriters' Trust of Canada and Claire Drainie Taylor
First awarded1999
Last awarded2006

Created in 1998, the award was named in honour of Nathan A. Taylor, one of the country's leading entertainment impresarios, and actor John Drainie.[1] Writer and actor Claire Drainie Taylor, the award's benefactor, was married to Drainie from 1942 until his death in 1966, and was subsequently married to Taylor until his death in 2004.[1]

The first award was presented in November 1999.[2] For the remainder of the award's existence, however, the award was presented in the spring of the year following the year in which the eligible works were published. The final award was presented in March 2006 to honor works published in 2005.[3]

The award was discontinued after 2006,[4] in favour of an expanded prize package for the Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction.

Nominees and winnersEdit

Year Winner Nominated
1999   François Ricard (author) and Patricia Claxton (translator), Gabrielle Roy: A Life[2]
2000   Trevor Herriot, River in a Dry Land: A Prairie Passage[6]
2001   Ken McGoogan, Fatal Passage[8]
2002   Warren Cariou, Lake of the Prairies: A Story of Belonging[10]
2003   Geoffrey Stevens, The Player: The Life and Times of Dalton Camp[11]
2004   Peter C. Newman, Here Be Dragons: Telling Tales of People, Passion and Power[13]
2005   Nelofer Pazira, A Bed of Red Flowers: In Search of My Afghanistan[3]


  1. ^ a b c "$10,000 biography award launched". Ottawa Citizen, September 26, 1998.
  2. ^ a b "Ricard wins biography prize". National Post, November 10, 1999.
  3. ^ a b "Boyden, Vaillant win Writer's Prize". Calgary Herald, March 2, 2006.
  4. ^ "Don't close the door on Berton House". The Globe and Mail, August 18, 2007.
  5. ^ a b c d "Biography Prize nominees". National Post, October 19, 1999.
  6. ^ "Respect at last for non-fiction: winner". The Gazette, March 7, 2001.
  7. ^ a b "Fiction, biography nominees announced". The Globe and Mail, February 2, 2001.
  8. ^ "Seven authors win big prizes ; Levine, Blaise, Hay among those honoured in T.O.". Toronto Star, March 6, 2002.
  9. ^ a b c d "Fatal Passage makes list". Calgary Herald, February 13, 2002.
  10. ^ a b c d e "Writers' Trust doles out prizes". The Globe and Mail, March 7, 2003.
  11. ^ "Writers' Trust announces winners". The Globe and Mail, March 4, 2004.
  12. ^ a b c "Literary awards announce finalists". The Globe and Mail, February 4, 2004.
  13. ^ "Munro, Engel, Newman honoured". The Telegram, March 10, 2005.
  14. ^ a b c "Newman, Munro earn nominations". Calgary Herald, February 2, 2005.
  15. ^ a b c "Bishop nominated for literary prize". Edmonton Journal, February 2, 2006.