To write is to breathe. For the authors on the short list for this year's Charles Taylor Prize, that statement is realized as you listen to the five discuss how their books came into being.
On Tuesday evening Noreen Taylor hosted a book club featuring the authors in downtown Toronto.
From Tibet to Fauna Sanctuary this years authors took guests on a journey Tuesday evening. Moderated by Dr. David Staines the stimulating discussion with the five finalists shortlisted for the 2012 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction was a heartfelt look into the being of each book. Set at the Executive Lounge at RBC Plaza the evening's discussion has guests longing to curl up with each of the books.
From the emotional journey to find understanding of one's father as in JJ Lee's "The Measure of a Man" to facing the death of a beloved friend, Tom a chimp, in Andrew Westoll's "The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary" each author's take on their book showed their passion of the subject matter at hand.
Charlotte Gill, author of "Eating Dirt", was part of the tree-planting 'tribe' for seventeen years. Dirty knees and aching muscles are all part of the passion that went into her pages on the world of big timber and deep forests.
Preparing for the discussion with the authors of this year's Charles Taylor Prize
Wade Davis fills his pages in "Into The Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest" with years of research. He was able to discover the life journeys of the Great War of each man he wrote of. That knowledge allows readers to travel back to Mallory's trek with an understanding of each footprint.
Madeline Sonik, author of "Afflictions and Departures: Essays" gives readers a look into her childhood from the 1960s and 1970s that shows the changes that went on through that era from a child's eye view.
Before starting work on his book "The Measure of a Man" JJ Lee admits he hated his father. As he wrote he was able to discover more of his father and the man that he was. He understands more today about his love of suits and how that ties into his father.
Charlotte Gill's "Eating Dirt" not only educates readers on the reality of the deep forest and the timber industry but along the way allowed Gill to learn more about the world she has been part of for close to two decades.
In March the shortlist will be narrowed down to just one, a daunting task for the judges this year. In truth each author is already a winner, their words have flown off the pages being devoured by many and changing the world view of their readers.