Wab Kinew, Camilla Gibb and Will Ferguson on the longlist for the RBC Taylor Prize

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The 2016 RBC Taylor Prize longlist has been announced, and it contains an accomplished group of writers, including two Scotiabank Giller Prize winners and the 2015 Hilary Weston Prize winner.

Twelve books will contend for the $25,000 award given to Canada's best in literary nonfiction.

Three jurors, Susanne Boyce, Steven Galloway and Stephen J. Toope, chose the longlist from 120 books submitted by 39 Canadian and international publishers.

"These twelve titles stand united in their outstanding literary quality. They represent the best in literary nonfiction published this year," the jury stated in a press release.

The longlisted books are:

The RBC Taylor Prize also announced that juror Steven Galloway was stepping down from his duties "for personal reasons." Galloway was recently suspended with pay from his post as the chair of the University of British Columbia's creative writing program pending an investigation of "serious allegations." The allegations have not been made public.

In his place, former RBC Taylor Prize juror Joseph Kertes will join Boyce and Toope on the jury.

The shortlist will be announced on January 13, 2016, and the winner will be crowned on March 7.

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