RBC Taylor Prize short list features personal tales

TORONTO - The $25,000 RBC Taylor Prize for non-fiction has revealed a short list of five books that are all personal tales, most of them memoirs.

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Among the finalists is former winner Ian Brown of Toronto for "Sixty: The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning?"

Also on the list is "Stalin's Daughter" by Toronto's Rosemary Sullivan, who won the $60,000 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction in October.

Other titles on the short list include "This Is Happy" by Camilla Gibb of Toronto and "The Reason You Walk" by CBC personality Wab Kinew of Winnipeg.

And Ottawa's David Halton made the cut for "Dispatches from the Front: The Life of Matthew Halton, Canada's Voice at War."

Jury members Susanne Boyce, Joseph Kertes, and Stephen J. Toope read 121 books submitted by 39 publishers.


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