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article image'Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith' wins Charles Taylor Prize Special

By KJ Mullins     Mar 4, 2013 in Entertainment
Toronto - A decade in the making, Cambridge professor Andrew Preston's "Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy" (Knopf Canada), won the Charles Taylor Prize. The Announcement came during a luncheon at King Edward Hotel.
Preston began research on his book when his students asked if George Bush was the first President to use religion as part of his policies. Then a Yale professor, Preston was not sure of the answer and begun a decade long journey to discover how big a role religion has played in every aspect of the United States, from it's earliest settlers to today.
For six weeks, since the announcement of the Short List, over 80 percent of Canadians over the age of twelve learned about the shortlisted authors and their books.
Preston was awarded a commemorative crystal trophy and a prize of $25,000. The four other finalists, Carol Bishop-Gwyn, Tim Cook, Sandra Djaw and Ross King all were awarded $2,000.
The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction has put Canadian authors on the front burner for the past 12 years. Preston will be touring selected Canadian cities as part of the prize and will be a feature at Toronto's International Festival of Authors along with the other finalists.
During the reception prior to today's luncheon Noreen Taylor, founder of the Charles Taylor Prize, spent some time with the Governor General discussing the need for additional funding of the arts.
"We need more programs to highlight Canadian authors in Canada," Taylor said after the announcement of today's prize.
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