AT A LUNCHEON CEREMONY held on Monday, February 26, 2018 in Toronto, Tanya Talaga (Toronto, ON) was named the winner of the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize for her book Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death and Hard Truths in a Northern City, published by House of Anansi Press.
      Noreen Taylor, Prize founder and chair of the Charles Taylor Foundation, announced the winner’s name before a packed audience of invited guests, publishers, and media at Toronto’s Omni King Edward Hotel, and presented her with a cheque for $25,000 and a specially commissioned crystal award, designed by Toronto graphic designer Peter Enneson.
      Prior to the winner announcement, each of the prize finalists — Stephen R. Bown (Canmore, AB) shortlisted for Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on Bering's Great Voyage to Alaska, published by Douglas & McIntyre; Daniel Coleman (Hamilton, ON) shortlisted for Yardwork: A Biography of an Urban Place, published by Wolsak and Wynn; James Maskalyk (Toronto, ON) shortlisted for Life on the Ground Floor: Letters from the Edge of Emergency Medicine, published by Doubleday Canada; Tanya Talaga (Toronto, ON) shortlisted for Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City , published by House of Anansi Press; and Max Wallace (Toronto, ON) shortlisted for In the Name of Humanity, published by Allen Lane Canada — were individually congratulated on stage by jurors Christine Elliott, Anne Giardini, and James Polk. All finalists, including the winner, received a $5,000 honorarium. They were each presented with a leather-bound copy of their shortlisted book, created by Felton Bookbinding of Georgetown, Ontario.
      In late March Tanya Talaga will announce the 2018 winner of the RBC Taylor Emerging Author award, who will receive $10,000 and the opportunity to be mentored under Ms Talaga.