AT A NEWS CONFERENCE HELD ON Wednesday, January 15th, jurors Coral Ann Howells, James Polk, and Andrew Westoll, named five authors as this year’s finalists for The 2014 RBC Taylor Prize. The five finalists are:
• Charlotte Gray (Ottawa, Ontario) for The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Country, published by HarperCollins
• Thomas King (Guelph, Ontario) for The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America, published by Doubleday Canada
• J.B. MacKinnon (Vancouver, BC) for The Once and Future World: Nature As it Was, As it Is, As it Could Be, published by Random House Canada
• Graeme Smith (Afghanistan) for The Dogs are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan, published by Knopf Canada
• David Stouck (Vancouver, BC) for Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life, published by Douglas & McIntyre
    The RBC Taylor Prize 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 9th. For tickets:
    This marks the thirteenth awarding of The RBC Taylor Prize. 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 10th.
    Sharing a commitment to emerging Canadian artists, The Charles Taylor Foundation and RBC will grant the first ever
RBC TAYLOR PRIZE EMERGING WRITERS AWARD. The winner selected by the shortlisted authors will receive a $10,000 cash prize and the opportunity to be mentored under the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize winner.