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article imageCharles Foran wins Charles Taylor Prize Special

By KJ Mullins     Feb 14, 2011 in Entertainment
Toronto - On Monday the 10th Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction was awarded to Charles Foran of Peterborough, Ontario, for his book Mordecai: The Life and Times.
"What is celebrated today is the amazing business of telling the truth."
-David MacFarlane
Founded by Noreen Taylor the $25,000 prize recognizes the excellence in Canadian non-fiction writing.
Non-fiction writing is beginning to gain the notoriety it deserves with prestigious awards such as the Charles Taylor Prize. Unlike other prizes the Charles Taylor Foundation is supported by its partners with no government funding. Situated at the King Edward Hotel this year the awards gala was nothing less than elegant and fitting for those who had been put on a very short list of authors.
Charles Taylor (1935-1997) was best known for Six Journeys and Radical Tories. He was a journalist for The Globe and Mail. Known for his eloquent yet simple approach to writing he brought his readers stories that captivated with insight and intelligence. A year after he died his wife Noreen founded the Charles Taylor Foundation to celebrate the best of Canadian non-fiction writing.
The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction was awarded today in Toronto
The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction was awarded today in Toronto
The gala luncheon was hosted by investigative reporter Paula Todd. Todd brought her wit to the podium delighting the packed ballroom as the audience feasted on seared sirloin and cheesecake.
"The world of non-fiction writing is not cut throat," Cynthia Good, former publisher and current Humber University instructor said during the gala awards ceremony, "It is a very supportive world. Not dirty-never unpleasant." Good talked about her life as a publisher of non-fiction at the Penguin Group to those at one of the tables during the luncheon prior to the announcement. As if on cue Charles Foran came over to chat with her, an old friend, showing that her words were a true candle of the business.
Noreen Taylor
Noreen Taylor
Charles Taylor's widow Noreen spoke of the man the prize is named for with utter devotion. Saying that prizes like the one today plays a crucial role in the life of a book she added that 2010 was a "good year for readers."
The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction was awarded today in Toronto
The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction was awarded today in Toronto
For the three jurors that judged the huge assortment of 153 books to bring it down to just five this year the decision was not easy. In fact David MacFarlane joked that Neil Bissoondath threw out his back and Eva-Marie Krollër had to get a new prescription for her eyeglasses. As MacFarlane and the other jurors spoke the overwhelming feeling was a love of the craft of writing.
The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction was awarded today in Toronto
The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction was awarded today in Toronto
This year's short-list included Stevie Cameron author of On the Farm: Robert William Pickton and the Tragic Story of Vancouver’s Missing Women, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada; Ross King, author of Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven, published by Douglas & McIntyre/McMichael Canadian Art Collection; George Sipos, author of The Geography of Arrival: A Memoir, published by Gaspereau Press; and Merrily Weisbord, author of The Love Queen of Malabar: Memoir of a Friendship with Kamala Das, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press along with the winner Charles Foran for Mordecai: The Life & Times, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada.
Of Foran's book the jurors said, "Mordecai: The Life and Times meets the immense challenge of writing about one of Canada's most talented and controversial authors. Charles Foran has created a rich and compelling portrait of the man and his times."
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