THE AWARDS CEREMONY FOR THE SEVENTH CHARLES TAYLOR PRIZE FOR LITERARY NON-FICTION
 
 
Richard Gwyn holds his crystal trophy in triumph

AT A LUNCHEON CEREMONY held on Monday, March 3, 2008, in the historic Sovereign Ballroom of Le Royal Meridien King Edward Hotel, author Richard Gwyn was named the winner of the 2008 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction for his book John A.: The Man Who Made Us, The Life and Times of John A. MacDonald, Volume One: 1815 1867 published by Random House Canada. Noreen Taylor, chair of the Charles Taylor Foundation, presented Richard Gwyn with a cheque for $25,000 and a specially commissioned crystal award created by Cascade Crystal of Toronto, incorporating graphics designed by Toronto graphic designer Peter Enneson.
      Prior to the winner announcement, each of the finalists were greeted on stage by all three members of the jury and presented with a leather-bound copy of their shortlisted book, created by Felton Bookbinding of Georgetown, Ontario.