Once again Vancouver and West Coast Canadian writers are showing their awesomeness as the finalists for the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-fiction were announced this morning.
Our Winter Book Club selection, Charlotte Gill’s Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe is among those on the shortlist, along with Vancouver’s JJ Lee for his book The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit. (Look for our review of JJ’s book this Sunday in VBC ‘Views.)
The other shortlisted finalists chosen from the 115 books submitted by 35 publishers are part-time Stikine Valley resident Wade Davis, Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest; Victoria writer Madeline Sonik, Afflictions & Departures: Essays; and UBC MFA Creative Writing grad Andrew Westoll, Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A Canadian Story of Resilience and Recovery.
The $25,000 prize is awarded to the author whose book “best combines a superb command of the English language, an elegance of style, and a subtlety of thought and perception.” The runners up each receive $2000 and all the shortlisted books receive promotional support. The winner will be announced at a gala luncheon in Toronto on March 5.