AT A NEWS CONFERENCE HELD ON Wednesday, January 13th, jurors Susanne Boyce, Joseph Kertes, and Stephen J. Toope, shortlisted five finalists for the 2016 RBC Taylor Prize. The five finalists are:
Ian Brown (Toronto, Ontario) for Sixty: The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning?, published by Random House Canada
Camilla Gibb (Toronto, Ontario) for This Is Happy, published by Doubleday Canada
David Halton (Ottawa, Ontario) for Dispatches from the Front: Matthew Halton, Canada's Voice at War, published by McClelland & Stewart
Wab Kinew (Winnipeg, Manitoba) for The Reason You Walk, published by Viking Canada
Rosemary Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario) for Stalin's Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva, published by HarperCollins Publishers
     Meet all five finalists at two public events prior to the announcement of the winner: Plan to attend a free Round Table Discussion on Thursday, March 3rd at 7:00 pm in the Atrium of the Toronto Reference Library (visit: and don't miss the annual Ben McNally/The Globe and Mail Authors Brunch on Sunday, March 6th at 10:00 am (tickets: All finalists will be supported with extensive national publicity and promotional support to help each of their books stand out in the national media and book retailers and libraries across the country.
     This marks the fifteenth awarding of The RBC Taylor Prize, which consists of $25,000 and a crystal trophy for the winning author and $2,000 for each of the remaining finalists. The winner of this year's prize will be announced at a gala luncheon and awards ceremony at the historic Omni King Edward Hotel in downtown Toronto on Monday, March 7th.
     Sharing a commitment to emerging Canadian talent, The Charles Taylor Foundation and RBC will also grant the third annual
RBC TAYLOR PRIZE EMERGING WRITERS AWARD. Shortly after the March 7th announcement of the 2016 Prize winner, he or she will name their choice of emerging author to receive this award.