AT A PRESS CONFERENCE HELD IN downtown Toronto on Jan 10th, the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize jurors Christine Elliott, Anne Giardini and James Polk announced five finalists for the seventeenth RBC Taylor Prize, from their previously announced ten-title longlist. The five finalists are:
Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on Bering's Great Voyage to Alaska by Stephen R. Bown (Canmore, AB), published by Douglas & McIntyre
Yardwork: A Biography of an Urban Place by Daniel Coleman (Hamilton, ON), published by Wolsak and Wynn
Life on the Ground Floor: Letters from the Edge of Emergency Medicine by James Maskalyk (Toronto, ON; Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA), published by Doubleday Canada
Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City, by Tanya Talaga (Toronto, ON), published by House of Anansi Press
In the Name of Humanity by Max Wallace (Toronto, ON) published by Allen Lane Canada
    Meet the finalists and hear them discuss their books at two public events, including a free 90-minute Round Table Discussion with the shortlisted authors in the Lillian Smith Library on February 22, 2018 at 7pm presented by the Toronto Public Library and the IFOA; and the Ben McNally Authors Brunch on Sunday February 25, at the Omni King Edward Hotel in downtown Toronto (for tickets, please contact Ben McNally Books at (416) 361-0032 or visit
    The 17th annual prize will be awarded Mon Feb 26th at a gala luncheon. The Prize consists of $30,000 for the winner and $5000 for each of the finalists. The finalists and the winner are supported by an extensive promotional campaign.
    Sharing a commitment to emerging Canadian talent, The Charles Taylor Foundation and RBC will also grant the fifth annual RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writers Award. Shortly after the announcement of the 2018 Prize, its winner will name their choice of emerging author to receive this $10,000 award.