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The Governor General Of Canada And Mrs. Sharon Johnston To Attend The 2013 Charles Taylor Prize Announcement Ceremony Monday, March 4, 2013

TORONTO, Feb. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will attend The 2013 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction Award ceremony, in Toronto.

The prize will be awarded by Prize founder Noreen Taylor on Monday, March 4, 2013 at a gala luncheon and awards ceremony at the famed The King Edward Hotel in downtown Toronto. Media and cameras are welcome at the celebration of the finalists and winner announcement.

The awards ceremony will begin at 1:45 pm EST and will end at 2:15 pm following the announcement of the winner. All five authors will be in attendance.

The Charles Taylor Prize recognizes excellence in Canadian non-fiction writing and emphasizes the development of the careers of the authors it celebrates. The Prize consists of $25,000 for the winning author and $2,000 for each of the remaining finalists. This year there are five authors on the prize shortlist. Two of the authors, Ross King and Andrew Preston, were born in Canada but now live in England, Sandra Djwa lives in Vancouver, Tim Cook lives in Ottawa, and Carol Bishop-Gwyn lives in Toronto.

The Finalists of The 2013 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction are:

Carol Bishop-Gwyn ( Toronto) for The Pursuit of Perfection: A Life of Celia Franca published by Cormorant Books

Tim Cook ( Ottawa) for Warlords: Borden, Mackenzie King, and Canada's World Wars published by Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Canada

Sandra Djwa ( Vancouver) for Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page published by McGill-Queen's University Press

Ross King ( Oxford, England) for Leonardo and The Last Supper published by Bond Street Books, an imprint of Doubleday Canada

Andrew Preston ( Massachusetts) for Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada

The Charles Taylor Prize celebrates Canada's best literary voices, recognizing the exceptional authors who captivate us with their superb command of the English language, elegance of style and subtlety of thought and perception.

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