Jan 09, 2013
By Michael Kramer
The short list for the Charles Taylor prize has been announced .
Two books touching on politics and war, and biographies on ballerina Celia Franca, poet P.K. Page and artist Leonardo da Vinci are up for this year’s $25,000 Taylor prize for Literary Non-Fiction.
Toronto writer Carol Bishop-Gwyn is a finalist for “The Pursuit of Perfection: A Life of Celia Franca” about the late founder of the National Ballet of Canada.
The five finalists also include “Warlords: Borden, Mackenzie King, and Canada’s World Wars” by Ottawa historian Tim Cook, who won the Charles Taylor prize in 2009 for “Shock Troops.”
Also on this year’s short list is Saskatchewan-born Ross King for “Leonardo and The Last Supper” , which won a Governor General’s Literary Award in November.
Ontario native Andrew Preston is a contender for “Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy”
And Vancouver’s Sandra Djwa made the cut with “Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page.”
The winner will be announced on March 4th.