AT A LUNCHEON CEREMONY held on Monday, March 4, 2013 in the Sovereign Ballroom of downtown Toronto’s The King Edward Hotel, author Andrew Preston was named the winner of The 2013 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction for his book Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy, published by 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 — Carol Bishop-Gwyn, author of The Pursuit of Perfection: A Life of Celia Franca, published by Cormorant Books; Tim Cook, author of Warlords: Borden, Mackenzie King, and Canada’s World Wars, published by Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Canada; Sandra Djwa, author of Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press; and Ross King, author of Leonardo and The Last Supper, published by Bond Street Books — were individually congratulated on stage by jurors Susanne Boyce, Richard Gwyn and Joseph Kertes and presented with a leather-bound copy of their shortlisted book, created by Felton Bookbinding of Georgetown, Ontario.