The RBC Taylor Prize, which honours the finest book of non-fiction published in Canada each year, has released a hefty 12-title longlist today. It's an interesting mix of memoir, art, history, and more, with several big names featured. Retired General Romeo Dallaire and Governor General's Literary Award winner Diane Schoemperlen are both featured for their memoirs, while Ross King, who has been nominated multiple times for the prize, is nominated for his acclaimed Monet text.
Longlist for the 2017 RBC Taylor Prize:
- Waiting for First Light: My Ongoing Battle with PTSD by Romeo Dallaire (Ottawa, ON), published by Random House Canada
- Chance Alone: A Remarkable True Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz by Max Eisen (Toronto, ON), published by HarperCollins Canada
- Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story of a Forgotten War by Matti Friedman (Jerusalem), published by Algonquin Books
- An Intimate Wilderness: Arctic Voices in a Land of Vast Horizons by Norman Hallendy (Carp, ON), published by Greystone Books
- Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of Water Lilies by Ross King (Oxford, England), published by Bond Street Books
- The Killer Whale Who Changed the World by Mark Leiren-Young (Vancouver, BC), published by Greystone Books
- Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World by Marc Raboy (Montreal, QC), published by Oxford University Press
- Quinn: The Life of a Hockey Legend, by Dan Robson (Toronto, ON), published by Penguin Random House Canada
- Wait Time: A Memoir of Cancer by Kenneth Sherman (Toronto, ON), published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press
- This Is Not My Life: A Memoir of Love, Prison, and Other Complications by Diane Schoemperlen (Kingston, ON), published by HarperCollins Canada
- Invisible North: The Search for Answers on a Troubled Reserve by Alexandra Shimo (Toronto, ON), published by Dundurn Press
- A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan Before 1905 by Bill Waiser (Saskatoon, SK), published by Fifth House Books
The shortlist will be announced January 11, 2017, while the final winner will be announced at an event in Toronto on March 6. The most recent winner of the $25,000 prize was acclaimed biographer Rosemary Sullivan, who was awarded the 2016 prize for her biography of Svetlana Alliluyeva, the daughter of Joseph Stalin.