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Thomas King Wins the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize


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.