LONGLIST FOR THE 2018 RBC TAYLOR PRIZE ANNOUNCED

2018_longlist

JURY STATEMENT
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As veteran readers and jury members, this year’s jury is in agreement that we have never seen such overall excellence as in the one hundred and fifty-three RBC Taylor Prize submissions that we read this year. We have delighted in the range of topics, the depth of enquiry, the quality of the writing, and the many new voices and perspectives. Canada is very well served by its non-fiction writers.
     The high quality of the submissions made for a crowded field for recognition. We read, savoured, debated, re-read, conferred and anguished over this long-list. Some favourites had to be left out as the list was pared and pared again, from thirty, to twenty, to fourteen, and now ten.
     Along the way we were delighted to find many important books by indigenous writers and about the indigenous experience of Canada. Also notable are the many fine books that came to us about exploration and discovery, including several about the arctic in which the expertise and support of the Inuit made the difference between life and death, success and failure. We greatly enjoyed work by Canadians whose origins and subjects span the globe –Russia, Egypt, India, China, the Middle East, Ethiopia and many other countries – reflecting a rapidly changing, richer and more dynamic Canada. We are delighted also to see publishers, large and small, taking a chance on new voices, ensuring we see and hear and experience more of Canada.
     The short-list is yet to be decided. Meanwhile, the jury members hope that as many readers as possible get and read every book on this long-list and come up with your own favourites. These books are exceptional. They have style. They are thoughtful. They will move you. They will make you better informed. Read them alone or with your book club. Loan them out or give them as gifts. Talk about them with your friends. Argue about them with your adversaries.
     What an honour it is to help to celebrate the best of this nation’s non-fiction literary achievement.


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Read the jury citations for the ten books here


WHAT’S
NEW


2018
Longlist
announced

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KEY
DATES


LONGLIST
FOR THE
2018 PRIZE
ANNOUNCED

Wednesday,
December 6,
2017

SHORTLIST
FOR THE
2018 PRIZE
ANNOUNCED

Wednesday,
January 10,
2018

WINNER
FOR THE
2018 PRIZE ANNOUNCED

Monday,
February 26,
2018


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MAX
EISEN

MATTI
FRIEDMAN

ROSS
KING

MARC
RABOY

DIANE
SCHOEMPERLEN



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