Thursday, January 24, 2008

Porter, Gilmour among finalists

Two memoirs and three biographies are in the running for the 2008 Charles Taylor Prize for Canadian literary non-fiction, it was announced yesterday in Toronto.

Culled from 137 submissions by a three-member jury, the nominations are: Lost Genius: The Story of a Forgotten Musical Maverick (in this case, Hungarian Ervin Nyiregyhazi) by Kevin Bazzana, from Brentwood Bay, B.C.; The Film Club: A True Story of a Father and Son by Toronto's David Gilmour; From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her People by Lorna Goodison, who splits her residence between Toronto and Ann Arbor, Mich.; John A.: The Man Who Made Us: The Life and Times of John A. Macdonald, Vol. One: 1815-1867 by Richard Gwyn, also of Toronto; and Kasztner's Train: The True Story of Rezso Kasztner, Unknown Hero of the Holocaust by Anna Porter, another Torontonian.

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