ELIZABETH HAY, DARREL J. MCLEOD AMONG FINALISTS FOR $30K 2019 RBC TAYLOR PRIZE

The RBC Taylor Prize, an annual award that honours the best in Canadian literary nonfiction, has revealed its 2019 shortlist.

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Elizabeth Hay (left) and Darrel J. McLeod are two of the five authors vying for the $30,000 RBC Taylor Prize for Canadian literary nonfiction. (Mark Fried/Ilja Herb)

The RBC Taylor Prize, an annual award that honours the best in Canadian literary nonfiction, has revealed its 2019 shortlist. The winner will receive $30,000, and the remaining finalists will each take home $5,000.

The five finalists are:

The jury, comprised of writers Camilla Gibb, Roy MacGregor and former chief justice Beverley McLachlin, read more than 115 books to select this year’s finalists.

The winner of the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize will be announced on March 4, 2019.

The prize winner will select an emerging writer to receive the RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writer Award. The prize is given to an up-and-coming Canadian writer, who will receive $10,000 and be mentored by the RBC Taylor Prize recipient.

The 2018 winner was Tanya Talaga for Seven Fallen Feathers.

Other past winners include Carol Shields for her biography Jane Austen: A Life, Ian Brown for The Boy in the Moon and Thomas King for The Inconvenient Indian.

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