We are pleased to share the news that Penguin Random House Canada is home to TWO of the five authors on the shortlist for the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize, celebrating literary non-fiction.
Our shortlisted authors are:
JAMES MASKALYK for Life on the Ground Floor: Letters from the Edge of Emergency Medicine, published by Doubleday Canada and edited by Martha Kanya-Forstner
The jury wrote: Starting with A is for Airway, physician and humanitarian James Maskalyk leads us through the many ways in which our bodies sustain and fail us, and how we become better able to tend – and attend – to each other. This book is a study in contrasts. Medicine as practiced in a world-class Toronto hospital – and at bare bones clinics in Sudan and Ethiopia. Maskalyk’s busy life as a healer in a Canadian city and in Africa – and his grandfather’s quiet work on a farm and trapline. For Maskalyk, “Medicine is life caring for itself” and is “the greatest story.”
MAX WALLACE for IN THE NAME OF HUMANITY: The Secret Deal to End the Holocaust, published by Allen Lane Canada and edited by Diane Turbide
Of the book, the jury wrote: As World War II drew to an end, Hitler intended further mass slaughter while other Nazi leaders scrambled to cover up evidence of genocide. Max Wallace’s gripping account of the tense endgame of the Nazi nightmare is told in meticulous detail and with great compassion, culminating in the astonishing story of a Jewish freedom fighter bargaining for the salvation of the survivors with the devil himself, the architect of the killing camps, Heinrich Himmler.
For your information, the other books on the shortlist are:
Island of the Blue Foxes by Stephen R. Bown, published by Douglas & McIntyre
Yardwork by Daniel Coleman, published by Wolsak and Wynn
Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga, published by House of Anansi Press
Congratulations also to our other longlisted authors:
MOHAMMED FAHMY for The Marriott Cell: An Epic Journey from Cairo’s Scorpion Prison to Freedom, written with Carol Shaben, published by Random House Canada and edited by Louise Dennys
MICHAEL HARRIS for Solitude: A Singular Life in a Crowded World, published by Doubleday Canada and edited by Martha Kanya-Forstner
ADAM SHOALTS for A History in Canada in Ten Maps: Epic Stories of Charting a Mysterious Land, published by Allen Lane Canada and edited by Nick Garrison
The winner will be named on February 26th. The jury is composed of Christine Elliott, Anne Giardini and James Polk. Further information can be found at: http://www.thecharlestaylorprize.ca/latest-news.asp
Congratulations to our authors and publishers and everyone involved!