Charles Taylor Prize

How God Shaped Lincoln's War on Slavery: An Excerpt from the 2013 Charles Taylor Prize Winner

Andrew Preston | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada
Andrew Preston

2012-02-06-CharlesTaylorreal.jpg From this year's Charles Taylor Prize winner: When Abraham Lincoln embraced the end of slavery, he transformed a domestic civil war into a struggle for the soul of humanity. With this transformation, he now presided over America's first war of humanitarian intervention, with a crusading, explicitly religious moralism at its core.

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.

Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: An Excerpt

Andrew Preston | Posted 04.30.2013 | Canada
Andrew Preston

2012-02-06-CharlesTaylorreal.jpg When Abraham Lincoln embraced the end of slavery, he transformed a domestic civil war into a struggle for the soul of humanity. With this transformation, he now presided over America's first war of humanitarian intervention, with a crusading, explicitly religious moralism at its core.

The Pursuit of Perfection: An Excerpt

Carol Bishop-Gwyn | Posted 04.25.2013 | Canada
Carol Bishop-Gwyn

2012-02-06-CharlesTaylorreal.jpg Despite Celia's indefatigable energy, she could not have pulled off creating a ballet company from scratch without the total commitment of the dancers and the selfless help of many others. Throughout her life, Celia Franca had the ability to attract people prepared to dedicate themselves to her.

Warlords: An Excerpt

Tim Cook | Posted 04.06.2013 | Canada
Tim Cook

2012-02-06-CharlesTaylorreal.jpgWilliam Lyon Mackenzie King was a political survivor who consistently beat those opponents who underestimated him. He was a complex and canny man, and few realized how good he was as a political operator. King was safe, staid, even boring, like an elderly aunt, who never changed the fading lace and served watery tea in cracked china. Canadians at the time evidently took solace in him. What a surprise when, after his death in 1950, it was revealed that King had a robust spiritual life, found solace in séances with the dead, and kept a 30,000 page diary that was filled with deep revelations.

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.

And the Winner is...

Danielle Crittenden | Posted 05.05.2012 | Canada
Danielle Crittenden

2012-02-06-CharlesTaylorreal.jpgFor the past month, we've been posting excerpts from the five finalists vying for the prestigious Charles Taylor Non-Fiction prize. Our readers and the jury have decided on the winner. Find out who, and catch up on what you've missed.

The Measure of a Man

JJ Lee | Posted 04.28.2012 | Canada
JJ Lee

2012-02-06-CharlesTaylorreal.jpgThe suit attracts and repels me. It came to me under the saddest of circumstances, and I've dared to wear it in public only once. Most of the time I try to ignore it, and so years can go by without my touching it. But even so, I always know it's there. This is my father's suit.

Afflictions & Departures: Essays

Madeline Sonik | Posted 04.14.2012 | Canada
Madeline Sonik

2012-02-06-CharlesTaylorreal.jpgMy father does not tell me that U.S. soldiers were ordered to slaughter South Korean refugees--that they machine gunned old women and small children because they might have been Northern spies. If my father knows about such things, he does not speak of them. It is decades before anyone publicly will.

Eating Dirt

Charlotte Gill | Posted 04.10.2012 | Canada
Charlotte Gill

2012-02-06-CharlesTaylorreal.jpgSome people think planting trees is as boring and crazy making as stuffing envelopes or a climbing a StairMaster. I love my job for exactly the opposite reason, because it is so full of things. There are so many living creatures to touch and smell and look at in the field that it's often a little intoxicating. A setting so full of all-enveloping sensations that it just sweeps you up and spirits you away, like Vegas does to gamblers or Mount Everest to climbers.

Read Excerpts From The Charles Taylor Prize For Non-Fiction

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 02.06.2012 | Canada

Huffingtonpost Canada is proud to be a new sponsor of the prestigious Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. Our readers can look forward to r...