Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 7:00 PM
Round table, Special Event: Year-Round

Toronto Reference Library, Atrium

789 Yonge Street
Toronto M4W 2G8
Cost: FREE

Don’t miss an evening with the five finalists of the 2015 RBC Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction. Their lively discussion (moderated by The Globe and Mail‘s Mark Medley) will be followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.RBC Taylor Prize 2013

Tickets can be reserved for this event starting January 29.

For more information on the 2015 shortlist, click here.


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  • Plum Johnson

    Plum Johnson is an award-winning author, artist and entrepreneur living in Toronto. She was the founder of KidsCanada Publishing Corp., publisher of KidsToronto and co-founder of Help’s Here!, a resource magazine for seniors and caregivers. Johnson presents They Left Us Everything, a funny, touching memoir (and winner of the 2015 RBC Taylor Prize) about the importance of preserving family history to make sense of the past and nurturing family bonds to safeguard the future.    

  • Mark Medley

    Mark Medley

    Mark Medley is The Globe and Mail's books editor. Before that he spent more than seven years with the National Post, where he served as an arts reporter, books editor and managed the paper's books blog, The Afterword. His work has appeared in publications across North America, including The Walrus and Toronto Life. He currently sits on PEN Canada's Board of Directors and serves on the Advisory Committee of Humber's School for Writers.

  • David O’Keefe

    David O'Keefe is an award-winning historian, documentarian and professor at Marianopolis College in Westmount, Quebec. He served with the The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada in Montreal and worked as a Signals Intelligence research historian for the Directorate of History and Heritage (DND). He has also created and collaborated on over 15 documentaries for History Television and appeared on CBC Radio, Global Television and the UKTV Network in Great Britain. He presents the 2015 RBC Taylor Prize-shortlisted One Day in August: The Untold Story Behind Canada's Tragedy at Dieppe, which reveals in full, for the first time, the 'Ultra Secret" story behind one of WWII's most controversial mysteries—and one of Canada's most sorrowful moments.  

  • Barbara Taylor

    Barbara Taylor is a historian whose previous books include an award-winning study of 19th-century socialist feminism, Eve and the New Jerusalem, an intellectual biography of the pioneer feminist Mary Wollstonecraft and On Kindness, a defence of fellow feeling co-written with the psychoanalyst Adam Phillips. She is a long-standing editor of the leading history publication History Workshop Journal and a director of the Raphael Samuel History Centre. She teaches history and English at Queen Mary University of London. Taylor presents The Last Asylum: A Memoir of Madness in Our Times, which was recently shortlisted for the 2015 RBC Taylor Prize. This searingly honest, beautifully written memoir is the narrative of the author’s madness years, set inside the wider story of our treatment of psychiatric illness.

  • M. G. Vassanji

    M. G. Vassanji is the author of six novels, two collections of short stories and two works of non-fiction. His first novel, The Gunny Sack, was winner of the Commonwealth Prize for Canada and the Caribbean. He has won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for both The Book of Secrets and The In-Between World of Vikram Lall, and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction for A Place Within: Rediscovering India. His novel The Assassin’s Song was shortlisted for both the Scotibank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. He was born in Kenya and raised in Tanzania, and attended university in the United States. He presents And Home was Kariakoo: A Memoir of East Africa, a recently announced finalist for the 2015 RBC Taylor Prize. Part travelogue, part memoir and part history-rarely-told, it is a powerful and timely portrait of a constantly evolving land.

  • Kathleen Winter

    Kathleen Winter’s  novel, Annabel, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General's Literary Award, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the First Novel Award, the Orange Prize, and numerous other awards. It was also a Globe and Mail "Best Book," a New York Times "Notable" book, a Quill & Quire "Book of the Year" and #1 bestseller in Canada. It has been published and translated worldwide. Her Arctic memoir Boundless (2014) was shortlisted for Canada's Weston and Taylor non-fiction prizes, and has been sold internationally. Born in the UK, Winter lives in Montreal after many years in Newfoundland. She presents Lost In September.