A comedian, a former governor general and several of this year’s literary awards darlings are among the 10 writers in the running for the RBC Taylor Prize.
Mark Critch, anchor of CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes, earned a spot on the long list for the $25,000 non-fiction prize with his memoir about growing up in Newfoundland in the ‘80s.
Elizabeth Hay made the cut for All Things Consoled: A Daughter’s Memoir (McClelland & Stewart) about her experience acting as a guardian and caregiver to her parents, which won the $60,000 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction last month.
Darrel McLeod of Sooke, B.C., is also a contender with his Governor General’s Literary Award-winning debut Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age (Douglas & McIntyre).
Terese Marie Mailhot added a nod from the Taylor Prize to the plaudits for Heart Berries: A Memoir (Doubleday Canada), which was shortlisted for the non-fiction prize at both the Writers’ Trust and Governor General’s Literary awards.
Former governor general David Johnston is vying for the honour with Trust: Twenty Ways to Build a Better Country (Signal/M&S), billed as a repair manual for the social fabric on which democracies depend.
Adventurer Kate Harris also has a shot with Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Roads about her bicycle travels retracing the fabled network of trade routes of centuries past connecting Asia and Europe.