Launch of The Lighkeeper's Daughters

Launch of The Lighkeeper's Daughters
by Jean Pendziwol

Elvis the Mountie Dog Steals the Show at the Book Signing

Elvis the Mountie Dog Steals the Show at the Book Signing
Elvis, Joan M. Baril, customer poet Rob Lem

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Thunder Bay's Charles Wilkins on 2014 Longlist RBC Taylor Prize

The RBC Taylor Prize, for non-fiction pays nicely at 25 thou for first place.  But even more important is the long list which gives avid readers of non fiction a survey of some of the best non-fiction books in Canada in 2013. Congratulation to all those hard working writers on the list although, I think it is safe to say, none worked as hard as Charlie Wilkins who rowed across the Atlantic on a wild seven-week -long voyage and along with an eccentric crew, who by some miracle did not drown or get swept away, lived to tell the tale.

The award pinpoints a work that "best combines a superb command of the English language, an elegance of style, and a subtlety of thought and perception." As a definition of a good book, this will do indeed.

Shortlist will be announced January 15 and winner March 10, 2014.


The Juggler's Children: A Journey into Family, Legend and the Genes that Bind Us by Carolyn Abraham.

  • The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master, and the Trial that Shocked a Century by Charlotte Gray.
  • Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark: The West Versus the Rest Since Confederation by Mary Janigan.
  • The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King.
  • The War that Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 by Margaret MacMillan.
  • How Architecture Works: A Humanist’s Toolkit by Witold Rybcynski.
  • The Dogs are Eating Them Now: Our War in AfghanistanT by Graeme Smith.
  • Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life by David Stouck.
  • Without Honour: The True Story of the Shafia Family and the Kingston Canal Murders by Ron Tripp.
  • Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter: Growing Up with a Gay Dad by Alison Wearing.
  • Little Ship of Fools: 16 Rowers, 1 Improbable Boat, 7 Tumultuous Weeks on the Atlantic by Charles Wilkins.
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