Earlier today, the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize jurors, Camilla Gibb, Roy MacGregor, and Beverley McLachlin, announced the longlist for the eighteenth edition of the venerable non-fiction prize.
They jury selected the hefty 10-title list from over 100 submissions, praising the chosen books as "breath-taking in their range of topics... There is remarkable achievement here and we hope readers will celebrate that with us."
Two independent publishers - Porcupine's Quill and Dundurn Press - made appearances on the longlist. Notable titles on the list include recent Weston Prize winner Elizabeth Hay's All Things Consoled: A Daughter's Memoir and former Governor General David Johnston's Trust: Twenty Ways to Build a Better Country.
The 2019 RBC Taylor Prize longlist:
- Son of a Critch: A Childish Newfoundland Memoir, by Mark Critch, published by Viking/Penguin Canada
- Just Let Me Look at You: On Fatherhood, by Bill Gaston, published by Hamish Hamilton/Penguin Canada
- Jan in 35 Pieces: A Memoir in Music, by Ian Hampton, published by Porcupine’s Quill
- Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Roads, by Kate Harris, published by Knopf Canada
- All Things Consoled: A Daughter’s Memoir, by Elizabeth Hay, published by McClelland & Stewart
- Trust: Twenty Ways to Build a Better Country, by David Johnston, published by Signal/M&S
- Seeking the Fabled City: The Canadian Jewish Experience, by Allan Levine, published by McClelland and Stewart
- Power, Prime Ministers and the Press: The Battle for Truth on Parliament Hill, by Robert Lewis, published by Dundurn Press
- Heart Berries: A Memoir, by Terese Marie Mailhot, published by Doubleday Canada
- Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age, by Darrel McLeod, published by Douglas & MacIntyre
The shortlist will be announced on January 9, 2019, and the winner at a gala luncheon on March 4. Stay tuned for non-fiction news in the New Year!