Romeo Dallaire's memoir on long list for RBC Taylor Prize for non-fiction
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TORONTO — Romeo Dallaire is in the running for the $25,000 RBC Taylor Prize recognizing works of literary non-fiction.
Dallaire is on the long list of a dozen contenders for "Waiting for First Light: My Ongoing Battle with PTSD" (Random House Canada).
The book chronicles the retired lieutenant-general's struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder. The former senator and author of "Shake Hands with the Devil" and "They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children" was dismissed from military service in 2000 after being consumed by depression, anger and suicidal thoughts in the aftermath of witnessing the genocide in Rwanda.
The prize jury read 101 books written by Canadian authors and submitted by 29 Canadian and international publishers. The short list will be announced on Jan. 11 and the winner will be named at a gala luncheon on March 6.
Here are the other books on the long list:
— "By Chance Alone: A Remarkable True Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz" by Max Eisen (HarperCollins Canada)
— "Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier's Story of a Forgotten War" by Matti Friedman (Algonquin Books)
— An Intimate Wilderness: Arctic Voices in a Land of Vast Horizons" by Norman Hallendy (Greystone Books)
— "Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of Water Lilies" by Ross King (Bond Street Books)
— "The Killer Whale Who Changed the World" by Mark Leiren-Young (Greystone Books)
— "Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World" by Marc Raboy (Oxford University Press)
— "Quinn: The Life of a Hockey Legend" by Dan Robson (Penguin Random House Canada)
— "This Is Not My Life: A Memoir of Love, Prison, and Other Complications" by Diane Schoemperlen(HarperCollins Canada)
— "Wait Time: A Memoir of Cancer" by Kenneth Sherman (Wilfrid Laurier University Press)
— "Invisible North: The Search for Answers on a Troubled Reserve" by Alexandra Shimo (Dundurn Press)
— "A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan Before 1905" by Bill Waiser (Fifth House Books)
The long list "reveals a world of war, survival, art, whales and wireless connectivity — people playing games and people suffering harm," jury members John English, Ann MacMillan and Colin McAdam said in a statement Wednesday.
"Each of these titles represents a contribution: whether it is to knowledge, to how we understand ourselves or to how we might make sense of our complicated planet."
Rosemary Sullivan won the award last year for "Stalin's Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva" (HarperCollins Canada). She chose Adnan Khan as the third recipient of the RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writer Award, which was established in 2013 to recognize and help a Canadian published author working on a significant writing project in literary non-fiction.
The winner of the RBC Taylor Prize, which recognizes excellence in Canadian non-fiction writing and emphasizes the development of the careers of the authors it celebrates, receives $25,000, while the other finalists get $2,000.
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