Wab Kinew, Camilla Gibb on RBC Taylor Prize shortlist


Broadcaster, musician, activist and journalist Wab Kinew has made the shortlist for the 2016 RBC Taylor Prize for his memoir, The Reason You Walk. The $25,000 prize honours the best in Canadian literary nonfiction.

The other finalists are: This Is Happy by Camilla Gibb, Sixty by Ian Brown, Dispatches from the Front by David Halton and Stalin's Daughter by Rosemary Sullivan.

The shortlist was chosen by jurors Susanne Boyce, Stephen J. Toope and Joseph Kertes, who narrowed the list of five down from 120 books submitted by 39 different publishers. Kertes replaced Steven Galloway, who helped choose the longlist, but stepped down "for personal reasons." Galloway was 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.

The winner will be announced on March 7.

The Reason You Walk chronicles Kinew's trouble upbringing in Winnipeg and his attempt to reconcile his relationship with his father after his father is diagnosed with cancer.

Wab discussed the memoir on The Next Chapter last year:

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Globe and Mail columnist Ian Brown's memoir Sixty is about Brown's attempt to accept and understand what it means to be in your seventh decade of life.

Ian Brown discussed the book with Shelagh Rogers:

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Camilla Gibb, who is best known for her fiction, is being recognized for her memoir This Is Happyabout her attempt to rebuild her life after being left by her partner of 10 years when she was eight weeks pregnant.

Gibb spoke about the transformative power of writing a memoir on Tapestry:

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Dispatches From the Front is about Matthew Halton's work as a broadcaster for the CBC during the Second World War. The author, Matthew's son, David Halton, is also a former CBC correspondent.

Halton was on The Current to discuss the book and his father's legacy:

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Stalin's Daughter by Rosemary Sullivan is a comprehensive biography of Svetlana Stalin. Stalin's Daughter won the 2015 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction.

Rosemary Sullivan discussed Svetlana and the book on the Sunday Edition:

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