THE LONGLIST FOR THE 2020 RBC TAYLOR PRIZE



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Ted Barris, Rush to Danger: Medics in the Line of Fire, Harper Collins Canada
Starting with his own father’s experience as a front-line medic in WWII, Barris explores the stoic perseverance and service of the men and women, from the US Civil War through to Iraq, those wearing a Red Cross on their helmets or their sleeves, those who don’t flee to safety but chose to rush to assist.
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Mark Bourrie, Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson, Biblioasis
Radisson, known to some as the first European to explore the upper Mississippi is also “an eager hustler with no known scruples.” He double-crossed the English, French, Dutch, as well as his adoptive Mohawk family, in dealings that ultimately led to the founding of the Hudson’s Bay Company.
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Brin-Jonathan Butler, The Grandmaster: Magnus Carlsen and the Match That Made Chess Great Again, Simon & Schuster
In November 2016 hundreds gathered in NYC’s South Street Seaport to watch the World Chess Championship between Norway’s Magnus Carlsen and Russia’s Sergey Karjakin – which would soon become front page news and may go down in history as the greatest finish in chess history.
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Robyn Doolittle , Had it Coming: What’s Fair in the Age of #MeToo, Allen Lane
Picking up from her award-winning series Unfounded, Doolittle brings a personal voice to the #MeToo movement and its aftermath. An illuminating and timely look at the changing landscape of sexual politics.
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Samra Habib, We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir, Viking Canada
How do you find yourself when the world tells you that you don’t exist? Habib’s exploration of faith, art, love and queer sexuality is a triumphant memoir of forgiveness and family, both chosen and not.
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Helen Knott, In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience, University of Regina Press
As a young Indigenous woman working through inter-generational trauma, writer & activist Knott must learn where she came from and where she is going. A harrowing and powerful memoir, she gives an honest portrayal of how she healed the deep wounds inflicted by sexual violence.
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Jessica McDiarmid, Highway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Doubleday Canada
For decades, Indigenous women and girls have gone missing from Highway 16 in NW British Columbia. McDiarmid investigates the devastating effect these tragedies have had on families and communities, and how systemic racism has led society to fail them.
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Robert Morrison, The Regency Years: During Which Jane Austen Writes, Napoleon Fights, Byron Makes Love and Britain Becomes Modern, W.W. Norton
A surprising and lively history of an overlooked era that, perhaps more than the Victorian Era, brought the modern world of art, science and culture decisively into view, beginning with the ascension of the profligate Prince of Wales – the future George IV -- replacing his mad father, George III as Britain’s ruler.
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Andrew Reeves, Overrun: Dispatches from the Asian Carp Crisis, ECW Press
Urgent and entertaining, Overrun traces the voracious carp’s explosive spread throughout North America from an unknown import meant to tackle invasive water weeds to a continental scourge that bulldozes through everything in its path.
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Allen Smutylo, The Mongolian Chronicles: A Story of Eagles, Demons and Empires, Goose Lane Editions
In this panoramic survey of the Kazakh nomads of western Mongolia, Smutylo looks at people who graze their herds on windswept steppes, keeping ancient customs alive by hunting on horseback with golden eagles, and practicing shamanistic beliefs in an increasingly urbanized life.
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Ziya Tong, The Reality Bubble: Blind Spots, Hidden Truths, and the Dangerous Illusions that Shape Our World, Allen Lane
From one of the world's most engaging science journalists, a ground-breaking and wonder-filled look at the hidden things that shape our lives in unexpected and sometimes dangerous ways, showing how science can help civilization flourish by opening our eyes.
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Timothy C. Winegard, The Mosquito: A Human History of our Deadliest Predator, Allen Lane
A dramatic new perspective on the history of mankind, showing how through millennia, the mosquito has been the single most powerful force in determining the fate of humanity, steering the fates of empires, crippling economies and killing nearly half of humanity along the way.
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KEY
DATES


LONGLIST
FOR THE
2020 PRIZE
ANNOUNCED

Wednesday,
December 4,
2019

SHORTLIST
FOR THE
2020 PRIZE
ANNOUNCED

Wednesday,
January 8,
2020

BEN
MCNALLY’S
AUTHORS BRUNCH

Sunday,
March 1,
2020

WINNER
FOR THE
2020 PRIZE ANNOUNCED

Monday,
March 2,
2020