Merely being nominated is an honour

The fearless leader of Maclean’s, whose name is not actually legally Has Anyone Seen Ken, is on a dynamite short-list of nominees for the 2010 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. The prize is $25,000 and the thanks of a grateful nation. And the nominees are…

The 2010 prize finalists are Ian Brown for his book The Boy in the Moon: A Father’s Search For His Disabled Son, published by Random House Canada; John English for his book Just Watch Me: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, 1968 – 2000, published by Knopf Canada; Daniel Poliquin for his book René Lévesque, published by Penguin Canada; and Kenneth Whyte for his book The Uncrowned King: The Sensational Rise of William Randolph Hearst, published by Random House Canada.

I’ve read ’em all except Ian Brown’s memoir, which many of my friends are rooting for. OK, OK, I’ll read it. I’d think Whyte’s book was excellent even if he didn’t have a say in my job security, but I must say I’m especially pleased to see Daniel Poliquin’s elegant volume on Levesque on the list. Any one would be a worthy winner.

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