Congratulations to Diane Schoemperlen whose book THIS IS NOT MY LIFE has been shortlised for the 2017 RBC Taylor Prize!

The RBC Taylor Prize commemorates Charles Taylor’s pursuit of excellence in the field of literary non-fiction. The winner receives $25,000. The winner will be announced on March 6th at a gala held at the Omni King Edward hotel.  For more information on the finalists and the award, please visit,

“Diane Schoemperlen’s skillful, conversational writing takes the reader on a harrowing journey through hope and happiness to heartbreak. The brutally honest way she describes her love affair with a prisoner serving time for second degree murder is remarkable. In understated but compelling prose she apportions blame for the failed relationship equally, chronicling her own faults as well as those of her lover. This compelling tale of ill-fated love, told with humour as well as humility is also a powerful indictment of the prison system in Canada.”

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, DIANE SCHOEMPERLEN has published several collections of short fiction and three novels. Her 1990 story collection, The Man of My Dreams, was shortlisted for both the Governor-General’s Award and the Trillium. Forms of Devotion: Stories and Pictures won the 1998 Governor-General’s Award for English Fiction. Viking Penguin U.S. published In the Language of Love, Forms of Devotion, Our Lady of the Lost and Found, Red Plaid Shirt, and Names of the Dead: An Elegy for the Victims of September 11. Her books have been published internationally in the U.K., Germany, Sweden, Spain, France, Korea, and China. In 2007 she received the Marian Engel Award from the Writers’ Trust of Canada and in 2012, she was Writer-in-Residece at Queen’s University.

THIS IS NOT MY LIFE longlisted for The RBC Taylor Prize

SDThisIsNotMyLifeBannerCongratulations to Diane Schoemperlen whose memoir THIS IS NOT MY LIFE (HarperCollins Canada) has been longlisted for 2017 The RBC Taylor Prize!

The RBC Taylor Prize commemorates Charles Taylor’s “pursuit of excellence in the field of literary non-fiction. The Prize will be awarded to the author whose book best combines a superb command of the English language, an elegance of style, and a subtlety of thought and perception.”

The shortlist will be announced on January 11, 2017 and the winner will be announced at a gala on March 6, 2017.

For a full list of the longlisted titles, please visit:

Award News: Plum Johnson and Kathleen Winter

RBC Charles Taylor Prize logoThe Transatlantic Agency congratulates Plum Johnson (They Left Us Everything, Penguin) and Kathleen Winter (Boundless: Tracing Land and Dreams in a New Northwest Passage, House of Anansi) who have both been longlisted for the 2015 Charles Taylor Prize, one of Canada’s most esteemed awards for literary nonfiction.

The Charles Taylor Prize recognizes excellence in literary nonfiction. Finalists receive $2000. The winner receives $25,000. The shortlist will be announced on January 15th in Toronto. For further details, please visit the Charles Taylor Prize website.

JohnsonPlum2013bwPlum Johnson’s THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING is a funny, touching memoir about the importance of preserving family history to make sense of the past, and nurturing family bonds to safeguard the future. She is an award-winning author, artist and entrepreneur living in Toronto. She was the founder of KidsCanada Publishing Corp., publisher of KidsToronto; and co-founder of Help’s Here! resource magazine for seniors & caregivers. For more information, contact Samantha Haywood,

Kathleen WinterKathleen Winter’s BOUNDLESS follows the author’s physical and spiritual journey as she travels into the Northwest Passage on a ship, following the route of the legendary Franklin expedition. She is the author of the award-winning and internationally best-selling novel, Annabel, and has recently released a new collection of short stories, The Freedom in American Songs.  For more information, contact Shaun Bradley,

Our congratulations go out to all the longlisted authors.