Charles Taylor Prize 2013

Leonardo and the Last Supper: An Excerpt

Ross King | Posted 05.01.2013 | Canada
Ross King

2012-02-06-CharlesTaylorreal.jpg The more I read of Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks, the more engagingly human and sympathetic he became. It's easy for us to imagine him as someone for whom success came easily, someone whose obvious talents meant he never tasted defeat or disappointment. But things didn't exactly work out that way for him. I was surprised to see him touting for prestigious commissions that he failed to land. Yes, Leonardo got turned down for a job. Somewhere in Piacenza a hiring committee got together, sifted through the hopeful applicants, and ended up tossing Leonardo's application in the rubbish bin.

Journey with No Maps: An Excerpt

Sandra Djwa | Posted 04.06.2013 | Canada
Sandra Djwa

2012-02-06-CharlesTaylorreal.jpg For any artist, but especially for P.K. Page as a woman artist, the creative process is fraught with anguish and self-doubt. The process of creating a work of art is done in isolation, part of the self is split off and projected outwards, and success is not guaranteed.

Charles Taylor Prize 2013: Presenting the Finalists

Noreen Taylor | Posted 03.31.2013 | Canada
Noreen Taylor

2012-02-06-CharlesTaylorreal.jpgSome books burrow themselves into a place in your heart. I don't know how this happens, but it does. You find yourself hoping that your favourites will make the short list...and regretting that some that you love do not receive that same enthusiastic support.