Thomas King Wins the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize
The Winner of the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize is Thomas King, author of The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People, published by Doubleday Canada. This was the 13th awarding of the country's most prestigious prize for literary non-fiction. Of the book, the jury notes: "Histories of North America's Native Peoples abound, but few are as subversive, entertaining, well-researched, hilarious, enraging, and finally as hopeful as this very personal take on our long relationship with the "inconvenient" Indian. King's book is a critical and personal meditation on what it means to be a Native American in North America.
The other finalists for the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize were Charlotte Gray for The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master, And The Trial That Shocked A Country (also an Evergreen Award nominee); J.B. MacKinnon for The Once And Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be; Graeme Smith for The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War In Afghanistan (winner of the 2013 Hilary Weston Writer's Trust Prize for Nonfiction); and David Stouck for Arthur Erickson: An Architect's Life.
The Inconvenient Indian is also a nominee for the 2014 Evergreen Award. The Evergreen Award offers a selection of Canadian fiction and non-fiction books chosen by Ontario librarians. Borrow the Inconvenient Indian from the library. Look for upcoming Evergreen programs in the library newsletter.