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RBC Taylor Prize

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.

RBC Taylor Prize
Awarded for English-language Canadian non-fiction
Country Canada
Presented by RBC Wealth Management and the Charles Taylor Foundation
First awarded 2000

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.[1] In addition, under RBC's sponsorship the award added 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.[1]


Winners and nomineesEdit

Year Winner Nominated
2000   Wayne Johnston, Baltimore's Mansion
2002   Carol Shields, Jane Austen
  • Clark Blaise, Time Lord: The Remarkable Canadian who Missed His Train and Changed the World
  • Michael David Kwan, Things That Must Not Be Forgotten: A Childhood in Wartime China
  • A. B. McKillop, The Spinster and the Prophet: Florence Deeks, H.G. Wells and the Mystery of the Purloined Past
  • Nega Mezlekia, Notes from the Hyena's Belly: Memories of my Ethiopian Boyhood
  • Margaret Visser, The Geometry of Love: Space, Time, Mystery and Meaning in an Ordinary Church
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
  • John English, Citizen of the World: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Vol. One: 1919-1968
  • Ross King, The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism
2008   Richard Gwyn, John A.: The Man Who Made Us: The Life and Times of John A. Macdonald, Vol. One: 1815-1867
  • Kevin Bazzana, Lost Genius: The Story of a Forgotten Musical Maverick
  • David Gilmour, The Film Club: A True Story of a Father and Son
  • Lorna Goodison, From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her People
  • Anna Porter, Kasztner's Train: The True Story of Rezso Kasztner, Unknown Hero of the Holocaust
2009   Tim Cook, Shock Troops: Canadians Fighting the Great War 1917-1918
  • Elizabeth Abbott, Sugar: A Bittersweet History
  • Ana Siljak, Angel of Vengeance: The Girl Assassin, the Governor of St. Petersburg and Russia's Revolutionary World
2010   Ian Brown, The Boy in the Moon: A Father's Search For His Disabled Son
2011   Charles Foran, Mordecai: The Life & Times
  • Stevie Cameron, On the Farm: Robert William Pickton and the Tragic Story of Vancouver’s Missing Women
  • Ross King, Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven
  • George Sipos, The Geography of Arrival: A Memoir
  • Merrily Weisbord, The Love Queen of Malabar: Memoir of a Friendship with Kamala Das
2012   Andrew Westoll, The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A Canadian Story of Resilience and Recovery
  • Wade Davis, Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest
  • Charlotte Gill, Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe
  • JJ Lee, The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son and a Suit
  • Madeline Sonik, Afflictions & Departures: Essays
2013   Andrew Preston, Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy[2]
  • Carol Bishop-Gwyn, The Pursuit of Perfection: A Life of Celia Franca
  • Tim Cook, Warlords: Borden, Mackenzie King, and Canada’s World Wars
  • Sandra Djwa, Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page
  • Ross King, Leonardo and The Last Supper
2014[3]   Thomas King, The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America[4]
  • Charlotte Gray, The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master, and the Trial That Shocked a Country
  • J. B. MacKinnon, The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be
  • Graeme Smith, The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan
  • David Stouck, Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life
2015   Plum Johnson, They Left Us Everything[5]
  • David O'Keefe, One Day in August: The Untold Story Behind Canada’s Tragedy at Dieppe
  • Barbara Taylor, The Last Asylum: A Memoir of Madness in Our Times
  • M. G. Vassanji, And Home Was Kariakoo: A Memoir of East Africa
  • Kathleen Winter, Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage
2016[6]   Rosemary Sullivan, Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva[7]
  • Ian Brown, Sixty: The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning?
  • Camilla Gibb, This Is Happy
  • David Halton, Dispatches from the Front: The Life of Matthew Halton, Canada’s Voice at War
  • Wab Kinew, The Reason You Walk
2017[8]   Ross King, Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies[9]
  • Max Eisen, By Chance Alone: A Remarkable True Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz
  • Matti Friedman, Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story
  • Marc Raboy, Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World
  • Diane Schoemperlen, This Is Not My Life: A Memoir of Love, Prison, and Other Complications
2018[10]   TBA February 26, 2018
  • Stephen R. Bown, Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on Bering’s Great Voyage to Alaska
  • Daniel Coleman, Yardwork: A Biography of an Urban Place
  • James Maskalyk, Life on the Ground Floor: Letters from the Edge of Emergency Medicine
  • Tanya Talaga, Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City
  • Max Wallace, In the Name of Humanity

RBC Taylor Emerging Writer AwardEdit

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.


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