PLUM JOHNSON TAKES RBC TAYLOR PRIZE

Mar 02, 2015

By Michael Kramer

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A Toronto writer has won the $25,000 RBC Taylor Prize.

Plum Johnson has been honoured with the award for “They Left Us Everything,” published by Penguin Canada.

Jurors for the non-fiction prize say Johnson’s memoir about cleaning out her parents’ home is “a story of love, loss, and legacy, written with compassion and humour.”

The other finalists included Montreal’s David O’Keefe for “One Day in August: The Untold Story Behind Canada’s Tragedy at Dieppe” (Random House Canada)

And Barbara Taylor of London for “The Last Asylum: A Memoir of Madness in our Times” (Hamish Hamilton Canada)

The RBC Taylor Prize is named after the late Canadian essayist Charles Taylor and also awards $2,000 to the runners-up.

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