Rosemary Sullivan wins $25K RBC Taylor Prize

Toronto biographer Rosemary Sullivan has won this year's $25,000 RBC Taylor Prize for "Stalin's Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva" (HarperCollins Publishers).

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The book previously won the $40,000 British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and the $60,000 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction.

This year's jury members were Joseph Kertes, Susanne Boyce, and Stephen J. Toope. They read 121 books in all.

Established in 1998, the prize is named after the late Canadian essayist Charles Taylor.

Last year's winner was Toronto writer Plum Johnson for "They Left Us Everything."

This year's other finalists were: Toronto journalist Ian Brown for "Sixty: The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning?" (Random House Canada); Toronto novelist Camilla Gibb for "This Is Happy" (Doubleday Canada); CBC personality-turned-political candidate Wab Kinew of Winnipeg for "The Reason You Walk" (Viking Canada); and Ottawa's David Halton for "Dispatches from the Front: The Life of Matthew Halton, Canada's Voice at War" (Penguin Random House Canada).



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