Finalists were announced for the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize for literary nonfiction, which recognizes a book that "best combines a superb command of the English language, an elegance of style, and a subtlety of thought and perception." The award consists of CA$30,000 (about US$24,190) and a crystal trophy for the winning author, and CA$5,000 (about US$4,031) for each of the remaining finalists. The winner will be unveiled in Toronto February 26.
The Charles Taylor Foundation and RBC will also present an Emerging Writers Award. Shortly after the announcement of the RBC Taylor Prize, the winner will name their choice of emerging author to receive this CA$10,000 (about US$8,060) award. This year's RBC Taylor Prize shortlisted titles are:
Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on Bering's Great Voyage to Alaska by Stephen R. Bown
Yardwork: A Biography of an Urban Place by Daniel Coleman
Life on the Ground Floor: Letters from the Edge of Emergency Medicine by James Maskalyk
Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City by Tanya Talaga
In the Name of Humanity by Max Wallace