AT A LUNCHEON CEREMONY held on Monday, March 10, 2014 in the Sovereign Ballroom of downtown Toronto’s Omni King Edward Hotel, author Thomas King was named the winner of The 2014 RBC Taylor Prize for his book The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America, published by Doubleday 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 — Charlotte Gray, author of The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Country, published by HarperCollins; J.B. MacKinnon, author of The Once and Future World: Nature As it Was, As it Is, As it Could Be, published by Random House Canada; Graeme Smith, author of The Dogs are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan, published by Knopf Canada; and David Stouck, author of Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life, published by Douglas & McIntyre — were individually congratulated on stage by jurors Coral Ann Howells, James Polk and Andrew Westoll and presented with a leather-bound copy of their shortlisted book, created by Felton Bookbinding of Georgetown, Ontario.
      On March 17, Thomas King will announce the inaugural winner of the RBC Taylor Emerging Author award. The winning author will receive $10,000 and the opportunity to be mentored under Thomas King.