AT A NEWS CONFERENCE HELD ON Wednesday, January 9th, jurors Susanne Boyce, Richard Gwyn, and Joseph Kertes, named five authors as this year’s finalists for The 2013 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. Boyce and Kertes announced the books and read their accompanying jury citations after Gwyn, who won the prize in 2008, spoke about their working relationship. The Finalists for the 2013 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction Are:
• Carol Bishop-Gwyn (Toronto) for The Pursuit of Perfection: A Life of Celia Franca, published by Cormorant Books
• Tim Cook (Ottawa) for Warlords: Borden, Mackenzie King, and Canada’s World Wars, published by Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Canada
• Sandra Djwa (Vancouver) for Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press
• Ross King (Woodstock, England) for Leonardo and The Last Supper, published by Bond Street Books, an imprint of Doubleday Canada
• Andrew Preston (Cambridge, England) for Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy, published by Knopf Canada
    The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction recognizes excellence in Canadian non-fiction writing and emphasizes the development of the careers of the authors it celebrates. All five finalists will be supported by extensive publicity and promotional opportunities, including a mid-cycle author event. As well, they will appear at The Globe and Mail/ Ben McNally Authors' Brunch on Sunday, March 3rd. For tickets:
    This marks the twelfth awarding of The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. The prize consists of $25,000 and a crystal trophy for the winning author and $2,000 for each of the runners-up as well as extensive national publicity and promotional support to help all books stand out in the national media and book retailers across the country. The winner of this year's prize will be announced at a gala luncheon and awards ceremony at The King Edward Hotel in downtown Toronto on Monday, March 4th.