The Toronto International Festival of Authors presents the RBC Taylor Prize finalists in a panel discussion with Toronto Star Books Editor, Deborah Dundas.
The shortlist for the 2019 prize are:
- Just Let Me Look at You: On Fatherhood by Bill Gaston
- Jan in 35 Pieces: A Memoir in Music by Ian Hampton
- Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road by Kate Harris
- All Things Consoled: A Daughter’s Memoir by Elizabeth Hay
- Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age by Darrel J. McLeod
The 18th annual prize will be awarded on Monday, March 4, 2019 at a gala luncheon. For more information about the Prize, visit the RBC Taylor Prize site.
Deborah Dundas became the Books Editor at the Toronto Star after reviewing books for the paper for more than 15 years. She has worked in the media for more than 25 years – including stints as a books editor, but also in business, lifestyle, and national and city politics. She's worked at CTV and TVO, both as an editor/producer and reporting, interviewing or producing shows on emerging artists, popular writers and literary powerhouses. She's also lived and worked in Northern Ireland. She feels that the books beat is the perfect marriage of her diverse experience and interests.
Bill Gaston is the author of seven novels and seven collections of short fiction, as well as a book of poems and a memoir, Midnight Hockey. His fiction has been shortlisted for the Giller Prize, and twice for the Governor General's Award. His most recent novel, The World, won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. He lives in Victoria, B.C.
Ian Hampton is an acclaimed cellist, educator and administrator. After stints with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Edinburgh String Quartet, he taught in the USA, before moving to Canada to become principal cellist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He is the Artistic Director Emeritus of the Langley Community Music School and other accolades include a BC Arts Council Award for his extraordinary contribution as a performer, teacher and administrator. In 2009, he was named a Canadian Music Centre ambassador, and in 2011, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Simon Fraser University. He lives near Vancouver.
Kate Harris has written for The Walrus, Canadian Geographic, and The Georgia Review, among other publications. A Rhodes scholar (Oxford — History of Science) with degrees from MIT and UNC Chapel Hill, she was named one of Canada's top modern-day explorers and has won several awards for her nonfiction writing. She lives off-grid in a log cabin in Atlin, BC. Lands of Lost Borders is her first book.
Elizabeth Hay is the author of the #1 nationally bestselling novel Alone in the Classroom, the Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning novel Late Nights on Air, as well as other highly acclaimed works of fiction, including His Whole Life, A Student of Weather, Garbo Laughs, and Small Change. Formerly a radio broadcaster, she spent a number of years in Mexico and New York City before returning to Canada. She lives in Ottawa.
Darrel J. McLeod is Cree from Treaty 8 territory in Northern Alberta. Before retiring to pursue writing, he was a chief negotiator of land claims for the federal government and executive director of education and international affairs with the Assembly of First Nations. He holds degrees in French literature and Education from UBC. He lives in Sooke, BC, and is working on a second memoir following the events in Mamaskatch.