AT A LUNCHEON CEREMONY held on Monday, February 14, 2011 in the Sovereign Ballroom of downtown Toronto’s Le Meridien King Edward Hotel, author Charles Foran was named the winner of the 2011 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction for his book Mordecai: The Life & Times, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada. Noreen Taylor, chair of the Charles Taylor Foundation, announced the winner’s name before a packed audience of invited guests, publishers, and media, and presented him with a cheque for $25,000 and a specially commissioned crystal award, designed by Toronto graphic designer Peter Enneson, and created by Cascade Crystal. The remaining nominees each received a $2,000 honorarium.
     Prior to the winner announcement, each of the prize finalists — 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 — were individually congratulated on stage by jurors Neil Bissoondath, Eva-Marie Kröller, and David Macfarlane, and each presented with a leather-bound copy of their shortlisted book, created by Felton Bookbinding of Georgetown, Ontario.