Thursday, January 16, 2014

Prize Watch: Charles Taylor Shortlist

The Charles Taylor Prize in literary nonfiction announces the shortlist for its 2014 award, to be announced March 10
Charlotte Gray, The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master, and the Trial That Shocked a Country;
 Thomas King, The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America;
 J.B. MacKinnon, The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be;
 Graeme Smith, The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan;
 David Stouck, Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life
A good list, strong on history and biography and good writing too.  As has been something of a tradition with the Taylor, the jury is short on practitioners of nonfiction. Coral Ann Howells is a distinguished critic... of fiction.  James Polk is an editor and teacher. Only Andrew Westoll writes the stuff.
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